Investigation Launched into Pfizer Vaccine Purchases

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) has launched an investigation into the EU’s massive Pfizer vaccine purchases.

As Slay News previously reported, the European Union has come under fire after it emerged that the bloc purchased 4.5 billion COVID-19 shots for its total population of 450 million people.

European Parliament member Mislav Kolakusic has been demanding answers after details of the deal emerged.

Kolakusic blasted the deal as the “biggest corruption scandal in the history of mankind.”

“Based on that calculation, each child, newly born, should receive 10 doses of something that no one in the world, except maybe two or three people, knows what it contains,” he said.

Details of the deal have come to light as Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla bailed on his testimony before a European Parliament hearing.

Bourla canceled his scheduled testimony after reports shone a light on his “secretive” vaccine deals with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

According to Politico, EPPO has now launched a probe into von der Leyen’s shady taxpayer-funded deal with Big Pharma oligarch Bourla.

EPPO is an independent EU body that is responsible for investigating and prosecuting financial crimes, including fraud, money laundering, and corruption, according to the report.

In its Friday announcement, the body did not specify who was being investigated, or which contracts were the subject of inquiry.

That said, two other watchdog agencies have brought attention to the von der Leyen – Bourla deal.

“This exceptional confirmation comes after the extremely high public interest,” said the EPPO.

“No further details will be made public at this stage.”

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In April 2021, the New York Times first reported on text messages exchanged between von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in the run-up to the EU’s biggest vaccine procurement contract.

That contract was for up to 1.8 billion doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine.

The deal would be worth up to €35 billion if fully exercised, according to leaked vaccine prices.

In January this year, the EU’s ombudsman charged the Commission with maladministration for failing to look for the text messages in response to a freedom of information request.

Without confirming the existence of the texts, the Commission argued in its response that “short-lived, ephemeral documents are not kept.”

It said that a search for the text messages hadn’t yielded any results.

Last month, the European Court of Auditors published the aforementioned report in which it said the Commission refused transparency regarding details of von der Leyen’s personal role in the Pfizer contract.

In it, the budget watchdog found that the EU chief went rogue in order to personally hammer out a preliminary deal with Pfizer, instead of relying on joint negotiating teams.

While the Commission has been forthcoming with other vaccine contracts, it has refused to provide the court with any documents regarding those preliminary negotiations.

According to Belgian Socialist MEP Kathleen van Brempt, “several aspects” of the Pfizer contract should be investigated, including “the text messages between the Commission President and the fact that there is no paper trail of the preliminary negotiations in first instance.”

According to Politico, “The MEP chairs the European Parliament’s special committee on COVID-19.”

Both the EU’s ombudsman and a member of the European Court of Auditors have made appearances before the panel, the report adds.

“The [COVID-19] committee will be following this case with great attention,” said Van Brempt.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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