Pfizer exec denies vaccine negotiations via text message in grilling before European Parliament
Amid what one member of the European Parliament called “SMS-gate,” a Pfizer executive on Monday denied that the company’s vaccine deal with the bloc could have been negotiated via text message.
The news comes months after the European Ombudsman condemned the Commission’s handling of requests for text messages between president Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. The texts reportedly led to Pfizer’s European deal for 1.8 billion vaccine doses, the New York Times reported last April. But upon a public records request, the Commission said it hadn’t located any of the alleged texts.
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