Pfizer executive denies CEO negotiated EU COVID-19 vaccine contract via text message – CTV

Oct. 10, 2022

FRANKFURT – A Pfizer executive with a lead role in negotiating a COVID-19 vaccine bulk supply agreement with the European Commission “categorically” ruled out that the U.S. drugmaker’s chief executive agreed the contract via mobile phone text messages.
“As to whether a contract negotiation such as this contract which you referred to, 1.8 billion doses, was negotiated through an SMS, I can categorically tell you that would not be the case,” Janine Small, president of international developed markets at Pfizer, told the European Parliament’s special committee on COVID-19 on Monday.

She added that such talks involve far too many people on both sides and take far too long to be conducted via mobile phone texts.

“I know that because I was involved in all the negotiations and discussions from the very start in 2020,” Small said.

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