Ursula von der Leyen (second right) speaks with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla (left), Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (second left) and BioNTech's Özlem Türeci during an official visit to the Pfizer pharmaceutical company in Puurs, Belgium (John Thys/Pool via AP Images)

Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion says it does­n't have texts be­tween pres­i­dent Ur­su­la von der Leyen and Pfiz­er CEO Al­bert Bourla

Un­der fire from the Eu­ro­pean om­buds­man, the Com­mis­sion said on Wednes­day that it hasn’t found any text mes­sages be­tween pres­i­dent Ur­su­la von der Leyen and Pfiz­er chief Al­bert Bourla re­gard­ing the pur­chase of Covid-19 vac­cines.

The mes­sages be­came of in­ter­est last April, when the New York Times re­port­ed that a se­ries of texts and calls be­tween von der Leyen and Bourla led to Pfiz­er’s largest vac­cine deal — 900 mil­lion dos­es of the cur­rent vac­cine and a vac­cine adapt­ed to vari­ants, with the op­tion to pur­chase an ad­di­tion­al 900 mil­lion dos­es through 2023.

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