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South Africa to pay $5.25 a dose for AstraZeneca vaccine from India's SII

Added 01-21-21 06:04:02am EST - “South Africa will pay $5.25 per dose for 1.5 million shots of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII), a senior health ministry official said on Thursday, more than some wealthier countries are paying.…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “South Africa to pay $5.25 a dose for AstraZeneca vaccine from India's SII”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will pay $5.25 per dose for 1.5 million shots of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII), a senior health ministry official said on Thursday, more than some wealthier countries are paying.

The price is higher than the $3 a dose that South Africa and other countries on the continent are due to pay for the same vaccines under an African Union (AU) arrangement, and the price European Union countries have agreed to pay.

The SII doses are intended for South Africa's frontline healthcare workers, who have been under huge strain during a second wave of coronavirus infections. They are due to start arriving before the end of the month, before the AU doses become available from March.

The SII declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. AstraZeneca did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Health department Deputy Director-General Anban Pillay said SII's price for South Africa was based on the country's status as an upper-middle-income level country, confirming a report in the Business Day newspaper.

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