Thursday, May 23, 2024


“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

— William Wilberforce


Jacking Up the Price of Lemons: The COVID Vaccine Scam

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In July 2020, the U.S. government ordered 100 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental BNT162b2 (now known as Comirnaty) messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 biologic for $1.95 billion, or $19.50 per dose. A few months later in December, it followed up with a second order for another 100 million doses of the shot for the same price.1 2

In August 2020, the government also ordered 100 million doses of Moderna/NIAID’s experimental mRNA-1273 (now known as Spikevax) mRNA COVID biologic for $1.53 billion, or just over $15 per dose. That same month, it also placed on order with Johnson & Johnson for 100 million doses of the experimental Ad26.CoV2.S COVID vaccine, produced by its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. That order was valued at about $1 billion, or approximately $10 per dose.3 4

In December 2020, the government ordered an additional 100 million doses of mRNA-1273 from Moderna for the same price as the initial 100-million-dose order for the shot. In February 2021, it exercised options to order 100 million more doses of mRNA-1273 and 100 million more doses of BNT162b2, for a total 300 million doses of each of those shots.5 6

In March 2021, the government ordered an additional 100 million doses of Ad26.CoV2.S—presumably for the same price as the first order 100-million-dose order for the shot.7

Note that these early purchases of the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna/NIAID and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID shots by the U.S. government were made at a time when these pharmaceutical products were believed to be highly effective in preventing infection with SARS-CoV-2. The shots were widely touted as the answer to preventing the spread of the virus and ending the COVID pandemic.8 9 10 11 12

COVID Shots Do Not Prevent Infection and Transmission

By the summer of 2021, it was clear that the COVID shots were not effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections and that the public had been misled. In July 2021, there was a COVID outbreak in Provincetown, Massachusetts in which 74 percent of those infected with SARS-CoV-2 and diagnosed with COVID were fully vaccinated.13

On Aug. 5, 2021, CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD admitted that the COVID shots could not prevent transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.14 She stated:

[W]ith the Delta variant we now see in our outbreak investigations that have been occurring over the last couple of weeks, in those outbreak investigations we have been seeing that if you happen to have one of those breakthrough infections that you can actually now pass it to somebody else.14

This was a watershed moment in the pandemic. It was right about then that it began to dawn on everybody that the COVID shots were not going to be the silver bullet public health officials held out as the solution to the problem and that COVID would likely be around much longer than most people were led to believe.

On Aug. 12, 2021, TIME magazine published an article titled “Why COVID-19 Might Be Here to Stay—And How We’ll Learn to Live With It”. A few days later, The Atlantic published an article titled “The Coronavirus Is Here Forever. This Is How We Live With It.”15 16

Faced with this new realization, the U.S. government, the manufacturers of the COVID shots and much of the medical profession embarked on an effort to weave a new narrative in favor of getting the shots. They argued that, although the shots were not very effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission, they were still useful in protecting people from becoming seriously ill with COVID and being hospitalized or dying. Of course, even that argument has proven to be deceptively bogus.17 18 19 20

Either way one looks at it, it is is hard not to conclude that the COVID shots have been a huge failure in terms of ending the COVID pandemic. The COVID shots are a defective product. In a free market economy, the tendency would be for people to gradually stop buying a product that does not work.

This seems to be what is happening with the “updated” COVID shots. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 18 percent of American adults have rolled up their sleeves to get the latest version of a COVID booster shot.21

There may be other reasons why so many Americans are now refusing to get more COVID shots, but the growing awareness that these products do not work so well  logically must be one of them.

Pfizer and Moderna Aim to Quadruple Price of Their COVID Shots

In a free market economy, when sales of a product are declining (for whatever reason), the manufacturer will either remain content and doing nothing or decide to pull the product from the market. A third option, however, may be to come up with a new promotional strategy to try and increase sales. Often, this will include lowering the price of the product.

Interestingly, in the case of the COVID shots, notably the mRNA ones, the manufacturers have decided to increase the price. In fact, they’ve unashamedly decided to quadruple their prices to $110-130 per dose. Pfizer has been selling its bivalent Comirnaty shots for $30 per dose over the past year, while Moderna has been selling its bivalent Spikevax shots for $26 per dose. Remember, these prices are already significantly higher than the original prices of $19.50 and $15 respectively in 2020.22 23 24

Asked to explain the rationale for a 400 percent price hike of Spikevax, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said:

I would think this type of pricing is consistent with the value.23

A COVID shot that does not prevent infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its transmission to others and does not necessarily protect a person from developing severe symptoms of COVID or being hospitalized and dying is “consistent with the value?” No, the planned massive price hikes for both Comirnaty and Spikevax have little or nothing to do with the value of the products. The price increases appear to have everything to do with the projected drop in sales revenue from these products for Pfizer and Moderna as more people come to understand the COVID shots are a lemon.

In 2022, Pfizer made nearly $57 billion from sales of Comirnaty and its COVID antiviral drug, Paxlovid. It expects these sales to plunge to $21.5 billion in 2023. Moderna made $18.4 billion from sales of Spikevax. It anticipates it may earn as little as $5 billion from Spikevax this year.23 25

What these pharmaceutical companies look like they are doing is gouging the consumers who remain extremely fearful of COVID and still cling to the faith that these “vaccines” are going to keep them safe. Even though this segment of the population is gradually  dwindling, Pfizer and Moderna must think it is sizeable enough to sustain the kind of profit margins for Comirnaty and Spikevax they’ve grown used to in the past two years, which will go a long way toward buttressing corporate stock prices and keeping  shareholders happy.

But only if they engage in price gouging.

This level of greed should come as no surprise to anyone, except those who naively thought this entire exercise has been about public health. It hasn’t. That was the sideshow. From the beginning, it has always been more about big profits for big business.

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1 Press Release. Pfizer and BioNTech Announce an Agreement with U.S. Government for up to 600 Million Doses of mRNA-based Vaccine Candidate Against SARS-CoV-2. Pfizer July 22, 2020.
2 Press Release. Pfizer and BioNTech to Supply the U.S. with 100 Million Additional Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine. Pfizer Dec. 23, 2022.
3 Mason J, O’Donnell C. U.S. inks $1.5 billion deal with Moderna for 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Reuters Aug. 11, 2020.
4 Higgins-Dunn  N. Johnson & Johnson reaches deal with U.S. for 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine at more than $1 billion. CNBC Aug. 5, 2020.
5 Owermohle S. “I hope this marks the beginning of the end”. Politico Dec. 15, 2020.
6 Arthur R. US increases Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine orders. BioPharma-Reporter Feb. 15, 2021.
7 Rowland C, Stanley-Becker I. Biden orders 100 million more vaccine shots from Johnson & Johnson. The Washington Post Mar. 10, 2021.
8 Press Release. CDC Real-World Study Confirms Protective Benefits of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mar. 29, 2021.
9 Harmon GE. Vaccination is our best chance to end the pandemic. American Medical Association Jan. 4, 2022.
10 International Rescue Committee. The only way to stop COVID-19? Vaccines for all. Apr. 30, 2021.
11 Powell A. Fauci says herd immunity possible by fall, ‘normality’ by end of 2021. The Harvard Gazette Dec. 10, 2020.
12 Zhang S. The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight. The Atlantic Nov. 18, 2020.
13 TVR Staff. COVID Vaccines Not Proven to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Transmission. The Vaccine Reaction Aug. 9, 2021.
14 Cáceres M. COVID Vaccines No Longer Able to “Prevent Transmission” of SARS-CoV-2. The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 12, 2021.
15 Ducharme J. Why COVID-19 Might Be Here to Stay—And How We’ll Learn to Live With It. TIME Aug. 12, 2021.
16 Zhang S. The Coronavirus Is Here Forever. This Is How We Live With It. The Atlantic Aug. 17, 2021.
17 Cáceres M. Lots of Vaccinated, Boosted San Diegans Die from COVID. The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 5, 2022.
18 Cáceres M. Most Americans Dying of COVID Were Vaccinated. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 29, 2022.
19 Cáceres M. Vaccinated Americans are Being Hospitalized for COVID and Dying. The Vaccine Reaction Aug. 15, 2021.
20 YouTube. Yes, Over 4,400 Fully Vaccinated People Have Been Hospitalized With COVID-19. The Vaccine Reaction July 12, 2021.
21 Smith-Schoenwalder C. Survey Finds Americans Still Don’t Know They’re Eligible for Updated COVID-19 Booster Shot. U.S. News & World Report Jan. 19, 2023.
22 Duneavy K. Pfizer eyes four-fold price hike for COVID vaccine in private US market. Fierce Pharma Oct. 21, 2022.
23 Mole B. Moderna CEO: 400% price hike on COVID vaccine “consistent with the value”. Ars Technica Jan. 10, 2023.
24 Phillips A. Pfizer and Moderna Quadrupling Price of COVID Vaccine Raises Concerns. Newsweek Jan. 31, 2023.
25 LaMonica PR. The Covid sales boom is over for Pfizer. CNN Jan. 31, 2023.

16 Responses

  1. It would appear that pharma’s donations to politicians has paid off well for them. And the revolving door from FDA to pharma also continues to yield benefits. They got the FDA to recommend an annual bogus covid jab along with your annual bogus flu poke. And of course, who can forget the corrupt CDC that has recommended the shots be put on your children’s vaccine schedule despite there being virtually zero chance of your child dying of alleged covid or even getting seriously ill and despite the complications of myocarditis for children and teens AND that the shots don’t work. Just keep following the money. A tired phrase, I know, but it continues to be true.

    1. A tired phrase/word is COVID. We have been conned into testing, testing, testing for the common cold! Test manufacturers and testing labs have made buttloads of money. And of course big pharma as well, keeping folks $ick and di$ea$ed as guinea pigs with their meds and various vaccines.

      People were not aware of coronaviruses (altho’ cans of Lysol has it written on them), so let’s make them FEAR something that their own bodies create to dissolve toxins, such as vaccines, and keep them w/i the cartel$ of big pharma and big medicine… pretty sad.

    1. And nothing is done about it. No one indicted for fraud and no one in prison. A familiar merry-go-round. For instance, was anyone in gov’t or industry or military indicted or imprisoned for that infamous day in September 22 years ago? Was anyone indicted for the injuries (and deaths) sustained in the late 1980s, and to this day when the vacx schedule was altered (increased) by the DHHS, CDC, NIH, and “suddenly” autoimmune diseases (think autism also) increased exponentially? No, no one in “authority” suffered any personal consequences for their actions.

  2. Anyone that is still ignorant about the jabs and still rolls up their sleeves, you can’t help them. And by the way, the money was the secondary issue. Depopulation was the original and still the aim of Pfizer and the rest. You have Bill Gates who has said that there are too many people on the earth and that with vaccines and “health care,” meaning abortion, the number of people will decrease. Anyone who can’t see Gates for the demonic satan worshipper he is, you are willingly ignorant and I feel sorry for you.
    Had anyone done their homework, they would have found out that Tony Fauci is heavily invested in Moderna (it’s basically his company) and just before “Covid” hit, Moderna was due to go bankrupt because they never produced anything that worked or of value. Then miraculously Covid hit and Moderna came out with another garbage “vaccine” and made billions. People have lost their minds…and that delusion the Word of God talks about, it’s here.

  3. What your article failed to mention was the fact that the price hike came at the exact time the FDA fully approve the vaccine and the vaccine advisory committee voted unanimously to put it on the childhood vaccine schedule. This would make it mandatory for children to attend school.

  4. Phizer YOY quarterly balance sheets for the past 12 years shows that this entity is “in the red” for half of the time. They’re heading there again, right now.
    Governments had the option of selecting far less risky vaccines from the shopping list of more than a dozen products, priced accordingly (up to $150 to $300 per dose AU), that the citizens could pay for out of their own pocket. How do I know this? Australian National University Professor Emily Lanscar conducted surveys on these choices that I participated in. It was obvious from the results that the safest products were not bought. The most cost effective products were purchased.

  5. Pfizer May not be as bold about their jabs when the royal family in Thailand sue them for their fraudulent product which it appears has left their daughter with a heart attack and now in a coma this past three weeks after taking the death jab.

  6. Th pharmaceutical companies may be using an old sales ploy. My stepfather, a real estate broker, used this psychology throughout his highly successful sales career: If a property failed to sell, he would wait a brief period before jacking up the price (but never, ever lowered the price of an unsold parcel). The costlier properties now sold very quickly. The reason: when prospective buyers saw the price increase, they would panic, believing that they best act quickly, before the price increased again, or before someone else grabbed up the property before they could. It never failed!

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