It would cost around 45 million euros to develop a Portuguese vaccine against Covid-19. Researcher Teresa Summavielle estimated this Wednesday that another 100 million euros would have to be invested in the infrastructure to move on to the production phase.
“We would need around 45 million euros to have a vaccine that has passed clinical trials and is approved. For a phase of mass production we need special infrastructures, ”said the biochemist from the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health Care (i3s) in a debate that was sponsored by the MPs of the Left Bloc.
The initial phase of the development of the drug against SARS-CoV-2 is estimated at an amount between 500,000 and one million euros, said the scientist, ensuring that Portugal has the “absolute ability to develop” this research.
Once that initial phase is over, moving to pre-clinical trials would represent an investment that would vary between three and five million, while effective clinical trials would be between 30 and 40 million euros, said Teresa Summavielle. “Here we come across a Portuguese problem, which is also occurring in many other countries in southern Europe and beyond. We are unable to continue with this production, ”said the researcher.
According to Teresa Summavielle, the investment value in Portugal for an infrastructure that can produce 50 million doses of the vaccine per year is estimated at around 100 million euros. Commissioning takes two years.
“This is not an issue that will be erased with the covid-19,” said Teresa Summavielle, defending that an investment of this nature would provide the country with the responsiveness it needs for future situations. “It is a value that is not entirely outside of our investment capacity and we should give serious thought to making this type of investment,” warned the researcher.
With this investment, Portugal would have “the ability to make these vaccines that will allow us to respond more effectively than the big pharmaceutical companies and that will allow us to get to good haven in much smarter ways,” he advocated.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,611,162 deaths worldwide, attributable to more than 117.5 million cases of infection. In Portugal, 16,617 people died from 811,948 confirmed cases of infection. This emerges from the latest bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health.