Madeira: MEP criticizes lack of transparency in contracts with pharmaceutical companies for vaccine against covid-19

MEP Sara Cerdas also asked for an update on the vaccine's production capacity in the European Union and suggested the creation of a European dashboard to monitor the vaccine distribution process.

The Madeiran MEP elected by the PS, Sara Cerdas, criticized the lack of transparency in the consultation of the contracts established with the pharmaceutical companies for vaccines against covid-19, during the plenary session of the European Parliament. The socialist also asked for a state of play on the vaccine's production capacity in the European Union and suggested the creation of a European dashboard to monitor the vaccine distribution process.

The MEP, last week, after going to the European Commission building to consult, in a confidential manner, the contract for the advance purchase of COVID-19 vaccines between the European Commission and the pharmaceutical company CureVac, “found streaked information that she considers important and that call into question the transparency of the process. Access to the other contracts already established has not yet been made available by the European Commission ”.

Sara Cerdas also said that the increase in vaccination production should "have been taken care of for contract vaccines", after the European commission president, Ursula Von der Leyen, admitted delays in the distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against covid-19 .

For the Socialist MEP, the delay in vaccination puts citizens' lives at greater risk.

The socialist also suggested the creation of “a European dashboard accessible to all, which would allow monitoring the vaccine distribution process, allowing all citizens to have access to information on how the vaccination process in the European Union is progressing,“ allowing to detect more gaps quickly, if necessary and act accordingly ”.

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