Price Check: Nations Pay Wildly Different Prices for Vaccines

February 22, 2021

(NPR) – While nearly 60 million doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in the United States, most nations in the world have vaccinated hardly anyone. Trinidad and Tobago finally immunized its first front-line worker on Wednesday — but that was only possible because India donated doses to Barbados, which in turn handed out small batches to several of its Caribbean neighbors. In an ideal world, the price of a vial of vaccine would be consistent across the globe.