Pfizer COVID vaccine contract not negotiated via text message: exec

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FRANKFURT –


A Pfizer government with a lead function in negotiating a COVID-19 vaccine bulk provide settlement with the European Commission “categorically” dominated out that the U.S. drugmaker’s chief government agreed the contract via cell phone text messages.


“As as to if a contract negotiation akin to this contract which you referred to, 1.8 billion doses, was negotiated by an SMS, I can categorically let you know that will not be the case,” Janine Small, president of worldwide developed markets at Pfizer, instructed the European Parliament’s particular committee on COVID-19 on Monday.


She added that such talks contain far too many individuals on either side and take far too lengthy to be carried out via cell phone texts.


“I do know that as a result of I used to be concerned in all of the negotiations and discussions from the very begin in 2020,” Small mentioned.


In an interview with the New York Times in April 2021, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed she had exchanged texts with Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla for a month whereas the contract was underneath negotiation, prompting calls to publish the change.


The Commission mentioned in June this 12 months that it not had the texts, which later drew criticism from the European Union’s ombudswoman.


The contract signed final 12 months was the largest ever sealed for COVID-19 vaccines, with the EU committing to purchase 900 million Pfizer-BioNTech photographs, with an possibility to purchase one other 900 million.


Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Jan Harvey and Susan Fenton

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