AstraZeneca might have trebled its Covid vaccine sales to $894m (£640m) in the second quarter of 2021 when compared with the first, but that’s a mere pinprick compared to what Pfizer’s is turning over.
The American group raised its full year forecast for the sales of its rival treatment to $33.5bn when it delivered its second-quarter results. By contrast to Astra’s jab, its far pricier treatment is being sold on commercial terms.
However, the Astra/Oxford vaccine might not be an AstraZeneca product for much longer. When I spoke, via email, to Shore Capital’s healthcare analyst Adam Barker on the morning of its results, he said he wasn’t convinced the company would keep the treatment.
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