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MEP Cristian Terhes denounced the hypocrisy of promises of “transparency” from European bodies about vaccine purchase contracts signed with pharmaceutical companies. As proof, he brandished a largely redacted document.

It is an angry man who spoke on October 28, in a sequence passed under the radars of the traditional media. At a press conference in Brussels, MEP Cristian Terhes blasted the lack of transparency in the vaccine policy of the European Union (EU). He notably denounced the opacity of the contracts for the purchase of vaccines signed between the EU and pharmaceutical companies, despite a facade of speech promising “transparency”.

During the conference, the Romanian MEP, who is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, quoted an article from the Euractiv newspaper revealing that the copy of the contract signed between the German company CureVac and the European Union which was made available of MEPs contains many redacted passages. In order to support his demonstration, the Romanian MEP exhibited several pages of the contract in question, each heavily redacted. “Guys, I’m asking you the question: is this transparency? Do you see something? Because we don’t! ”He stormed.

The Romanian MEP criticized the fact that Brussels wants “to impose a medical product on European citizens without them knowing what exactly is contained in the purchase contracts”.

When the government knows everything about you, it’s tyranny. When you know all about government it’s democracy

Cristian Terhes was speaking at a press conference organized by four MEPs and aimed at denouncing the lack of transparency regarding the information available on the EU’s vaccine policy, but also the establishment of a health pass for be able to sit in the European Parliament. “When the government knows everything about you, it’s tyranny. When you know everything about government, it’s democracy, ”he said.

A heavily redacted document

As a reminder, since September 2020 MEPs have been calling for access to contracts signed on behalf of the 27 Member States, between the Commission and the pharmaceutical industry. The Union may have spent nearly three billion euros for the purchase of vaccines, nothing official has yet filtered to date on the distribution of these sums between laboratories, or on the prices set for each vaccine dose.

As revealed by France Info, on January 12, 2021, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health authorized a small group of MEPs to consult the contract signed between the company Curevac and the EU. The German company had decided to play the card of “transparency” by making its contract available to MEPs who so wish. An effort of transparency which remains in itself very limited, because the members of the European Parliament were only authorized to consult the document during 45 minutes, and this, with a strict ban on taking photographs.

Worse still, many parts of the contract had been redacted for the occasion. Thus, according to Euractiv, “4.22% of the annexes relating to liability clauses and 15.38% of those dealing with compensation have been blackened”.

It is therefore this redacted version of the Curevac contract that the Euractiv site was able to obtain and that Cristian Tehres mentioned during his press conference.

Parliamentarians call for more transparency

In a resolution adopted on October 21 (458 votes in favor, 149 against and 86 abstentions), the European Parliament called for legislation to make the procedures for research, purchase and distribution of vaccines against Covid-19 more transparent. “This would allow MEPs to effectively monitor EU vaccine policies. At the same time, the Commission should discuss these policies more openly with the citizens ”, specifies the press release published on the Parliament’s website.

Parliamentarians also called on the Commission to “publish purchasing agreements with vaccine suppliers and include details on public investments and vaccine costs, and make any breach of contract public.” MEPs say “more information could help tackle vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, and pharmaceutical companies should also publish detailed data and reports on clinical trials.”

But will their opinion be heard by the Commission?


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