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'The New York Times' sues the European Commission for the plot between Von der Leyen and Pfizer, 02.14.2023.
'The New York Times' sued the European Commission for the messages between its president, Ursula von der Leyen, and the director of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, referring to the purchase by the EU of the COVID vaccine. Several MEPs accuse the head of the European Executive of being involved in a corruption case.
The case was published in the public register of the European Court of Justice on February 13. Although no detailed information is available online, two people familiar with the matter told Politico details of what happened. However, The New York Times declined to comment on the situation.
"The Times submits many Freedom of information requests and maintains an active dossier. We are unable to comment at this time on the subject of this lawsuit," they stated from The New York Times, quoted by Politico.
The accusations against Ursula Von der Leyen for her unofficial ties with Pfizer date back to April 2021, when the newspaper reported that the politician held conversations through messages and phone calls with Albert Bourla while the European Union (EU) was preparing the vaccination process.
In fact, he pointed out that this "personal diplomacy" had played an important role in the 1,800 million euro contract signed by the European Commission (EC) with the American pharmaceutical company. These contacts took place while the EC president was under criticism for the shortage of doses in Europe after AstraZeneca delivered fewer vaccines than agreed.
Following that news, the German journalist of the news website Netzpolitik.org Alexander Fanta asked the European Commission for public access to "text messages and other related documents." However, the institution ignored his request and limited itself to sending an email, a letter and a press release.
Following the investigation, the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, intervened and requested access to the confidential conversations.
"It is not necessary to save and record all text messages, but they are clearly subject to the European transparency law and therefore relevant text messages should be recorded. It is not credible to claim otherwise," he said.
In response, the EC's European commissioner for values and transparency, Vera Jourová, explained that such messages could have been deleted due to their "ephemeral and short-lived nature."
BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Pfizer have also filed a series of lawsuits against the European Commission, demanding the disclosure of documents related to the negotiations on the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines produced by Pfizer, BioNTech and AstraZeneca.
"The purchase of vaccines is a case of corruption"
At an EC special committee in October 2022, Croatian MEP Milav Kolakusic released a public message demanding that the president of the European Commission submit these messages.
"Mrs. Von Der Leyen, known as the lady of the 4,500 million doses. Today 10 MEPs have asked you the following question: when are you going to present to the members of the European Parliament, as well as to the EU citizens, whom you are supposed to represent, the communication you had with Pfizer during the procurement procedure for 4,500 million doses of vaccines at the time when there was no proof of the effectiveness and especially about the safety against harmful effects of this product? Imagine, 4,000 million and a half for 450 million people," he said.
He added that the vaccine was approved based solely on the claims of pharmaceutical companies without medical research.
"How is this possible? We are talking about corruption. The acquisition of 4,500 million products with the intention of injecting them into people, without anyone knowing what they contain, is undoubtedly the biggest matter of corruption in the history of mankind. Not only in the history of the EU," he said.
A few days later, Romanian MEP Cristian Terhes held a press conference after the appearance of a Pfizer directive at the European Commission.
"And the interests of the people? Of the Europeans whose money was wasted, because with it they bought medical products that did not provide what they were marketed for?", he put forward the question.
He recalled that Eurostat statistics, which showed the increase in unexpected deaths in the EU, where countries with higher vaccination rates presented more lethal data.
"Is there a connection between vaccination and higher mortality rates? Everyone avoids answering this question," he concluded.
Pfizer's co-defendants, on the other hand, declined to respond.
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