Translated by: MOS Translation Team – Eleutheria
On January 28, an official EU watchdog accused European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen of ‘ constituted maladministration’ and demanded that she disclose confidential information between her and Pfizer’s CEO during the purchase of Pfizer vaccines.
EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has issued a formal recommendation to require von der Leyen’s office to disclose the texts under a Freedom of Information request. It is reported that more than half of the vaccines Von der Leyen purchased for 27 EU countries came from Pfizer, which is by far the largest vaccine supplier in the EU. Von der Leyen used “personal diplomacy” to secure the huge order with Pfizer CEO Bula. O’Reilly said text messages, phone calls and emails should be considered EU documents if they relate to EU policies and decisions, and must be made public.
So far, the European Commission has refused to disclose key elements of its contracts with vaccine suppliers, particularly on pricing, citing commercial confidentiality.
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