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Moderna offers COVID-19 admission for $7 to African Union – Africa CDC head

HARARE, Nov. 11 (Reuters) – Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) has offered to sell its COVID-19 vaccines to the African Union for $7 per injection, Africa Centers for Disease Control chief John Nkengasong told a half on Thursday. of the price paid by the United States earlier this year.

It’s also a significant discount from what other buyers like the European Union have agreed to this year, part of a broader trend for drug makers to sell at lower prices to lower-income countries.

“I’m happy to say that a dose of the Moderna vaccine will be $7. That’s what we’re being offered,” Nkengasong told a weekly virtual media briefing.

Earlier this year, Moderna said its deals outside the United States were between $22 and $37 per dose. Since it didn’t include a lower-income country, this is the first insight into the kind of prices Moderna is willing to charge poorer countries.

Nkengasong said there was no doubt that a fourth wave of the pandemic would come to Africa, where only 6% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated.

Africa has recorded 8.5 million cases and 220,000 deaths to date, Nkengasong said.

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Jon Boyle and Jan Harvey

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