Denmark buys Novavax vaccine as part of EU deal


In front of the Novavax logo on this figure, taken on October 31, 2020, you will see a vial with a sticker that says “COVID-19 / Coronavirus Vaccine / Injection Only” and a medical syringe. increase. (DadoRuvic / Illustration / Reuters)

Copenhagen, Denmark — On Wednesday, Denmark delivered 280,000 potential COVID-19 vaccines of Novavax for a total of DKK 37 million ($ 5.84 million) or about 20.9 doses as part of a European Union agreement with a U.S. company. Announced to buy in dollars.

Earlier this month, the European Commission said it had approved a supply agreement with Novavax to purchase up to 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidates that have not yet been approved by EU drug regulators.

The Danish Ministry of Health initially issued a statement on the price of the vaccine, but later withdrew it and issued a new statement without a price. Such numbers are confidential and I declined to comment further.

The Commission did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this issue.

It is not clear whether the price offered by the Danish Ministry of Health is the total cost or does not include the EU prepayment.

The move to buy doses of Novavax is part of the EU’s strategy to diversify its vaccine portfolio after a block bets heavily on messenger RNA (mRNA) shots produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

By Stine Jacobsen