Ursula Von Der Leyen Taken to Court for Text Messages With Vaccine Manufacturer
The American newspaper The New York Times asks the European court to force the European Commission to release text messages between committee chair Ursula von der Leyen and the boss of corona vaccine manufacturer Pfizer.
Watchdogs such as the European Ombudsman and the European Court of Auditors have previously denounced the committee’s secrecy. The European Parliament is also pressing.
In a reconstruction of the purchase of corona vaccines by the EU, the American newspaper came across Von der Leyen’s personal involvement.
At a time when the world was feverishly chasing corona vaccines in a full pandemic, he would have negotiated the billion-dollar deal with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla by text message. The committee believes that the text messages do not fall under the committee’s transparency obligation and says it cannot find them anymore.
The lawsuit at the European Court of Justice was filed on January 25, according to court documents first reported by the European news platform Politico. The New York Times has not yet commented on the matter.