Pfizer is awarded a new contract. The U.S. pharmaceutical company has been awarded the distribution of 120,000 pneumococcal vaccines in Catalonia for $5.8 million (€5.3 million), according to a contract from the regional government.
The agreement has an execution term of one year, until December 31st, 2022. The vaccine, with the trade name Prevenar 13, is indicated for the protection of children from six weeks of life, up to five years of age. Pneumococcus is a pathogen capable of causing various infections and severe invasive processes including pneumonia, sinusitis, and peritonitis. In addition, it can also cause severe invasive processes such as meningitis, particularly in the elderly, children, and immunocompromised patients.
The Department of Health justifies this expense due to the campaign of “active immunization against invasive disease and pneumonia in people especially susceptible to suffer its complications”. The administration schedule is divided into three doses, with inoculation at two, four, and eleven months.
The regional administration does not foresee the possibility of an extension of the award, according to the contract justification. The doses will be distributed among ten localities and eleven different centers. The transport time of the doses will not exceed 48 hours, from the time the product leaves the laboratory until it reaches its destination.
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Pfizer is the only company that has a pneumococcal vaccine in Spain with an indication from six weeks of age
The vaccines will be distributed among various medical centers and warehouses in Barcelona, L’Hospitalet del Llobregat, Tarragona, Sabadell, Terrassa, Mataró, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Ripollet, Montornès del Vallès and Sant Fruitós de Bages.
The tender budget has been determined on the basis of the needs foreseen by the Department of Health for the year 2022, according to the estimated number of units and unit prices, so that each dose is priced at $47.3 (€42.85).
Prior to the award of this contract, the Catalan administration asked the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (Aemps) for the list of companies that have the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in Spain with indications from six weeks of age.
The unit price for each dose is $47.3 (€42.85)
Subsequently, the Aemps issued a certificate in which it stated that there is currently only one vaccine authorized for marketing: Prevenar 13 from the Pfizer laboratory, as highlighted in the tender document.
In November, the Community of Madrid invested $27.3 million (€24.7 million) to acquire 600,000 doses of the thirteenvalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. These doses will be administered from the last quarter of 2021 and will end in the spring of 2022. Last year, another autonomous community, Castilla-La Mancha, awarded Pfizer the distribution of Prevenar 13 in the region for $683,192 (€618,380). In this case, the agreement consisted of 15,000 doses, at a unit price of $45.5 (€41.2).
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