Pharma Giants Struggle to Keep Up with High Expectations: The Impact of the Pandemic on Investors in the Pharmaceutical Industry

By Eleanor Harrison Mar25,2024
From Pfizer to Novavax: Examining the Financial Winners and Losers of the Covid Vaccine

The Covid-19 pandemic, which began four years ago, has had a devastating impact on the world, claiming the lives of millions of people. The development of effective vaccines was one of the key strategies in controlling the spread of the virus and saving lives.

Despite the success of these vaccines, financial gains for companies like Pfizer, BioNTech, and Moderna have not been as robust as expected. While revenue generated from vaccine sales were substantial, investors have not viewed them as sustainable sources of income.

For example, Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine sales exceeded $80 billion with millions of doses administered in the U.S alone. However, Pfizer’s stock price has fallen by 32% over the past five years indicating that investors are not convinced of its long-term profitability. In contrast, AstraZeneca saw its share price rise by 64%, despite not including vaccine sales in its financial reports since last April. Similarly, Merck saw a 56% increase in stock price after failing with its vaccine efforts.

The dynamic nature of the market and uncertainty surrounding long-term demand for vaccines have led to mixed reactions from investors in the pharmaceutical industry. Despite significant sales and their role in mitigating the pandemic, investors are cautious about viewing these revenues as indicators of future success for pharmaceutical companies.

By Eleanor Harrison

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