MEPs called on Tuesday for more clarity and transparency in the acquisition of vaccines against Covid-19.
The lack of transparency has fueled uncertainty and misinformation about vaccination against the Coronavirus in Europe in recent times, they said.
During a hearing with the EU’s chief vaccine contract negotiator, Sandra Gallina, MEPs from the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety highlighted the need for greater clarity and transparency regarding vaccine contracts, as well as decision-making at EU level.
This hearing was an opportunity for Ms. Gallina to deny the existence of national vaccine procurement contracts, noting that under the joint procurement agreement, the EU has priority for the supply of vaccines. which are then distributed to Member States on a pro rata basis.
She specified that the largest quantity of vaccines is expected for the second quarter of 2021, as provided for in existing contracts, knowing that the specific deployment strategies, in particular the definition of priority groups for vaccination, are established by each state. member.
The European Commission presented last June the EU vaccination action plan against COVID-19, which sets out the key steps for effective vaccination strategies and vaccine deployment. Any vaccine must be authorized by the European Medicines Agency in accordance with standards for safety and efficacy.
It has granted conditional marketing authorization for two COVID-19 vaccines, one developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, the other by Moderna Biotech Spain, SL
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