European Ombudsman upholds 'maladministration' finding over missing Pfizer CEO texts
The European Ombudsman blasted the Commission’s handling of requests for text messages between president Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Wednesday, while offering recommendations for recording work-related texts.
The texts reportedly led to Pfizer’s largest vaccine deal, according to a New York Times piece published last April — but upon a public access request made by a journalist, the Commission responded that it had no record of them. After an inquiry by Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, the Commission said last month that it still hadn’t located the messages, though O’Reilly pointed out that it’s still unclear whether the administration looked “directly and correctly” for the texts.
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