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On October 31, a conference was held by EU parliamentarians in Strasbourg with renowned infectionologist, Dr Christian Perronne.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) has opened an investigation into the EU’s coronavirus vaccine purchases, which will presumably focus attention on European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s role in the matter.

In April 2021, The New York Times first reported on text messages between von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in the run-up to the EU’s vaccine procurement contract for up to 1.8 billion doses of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine. The deal would be worth up to €35 billion, according to leaked vaccine prices. There is no paper trail for these deals, because the EU does not archive text messages.

In January of 2022, the EU’s ombudsman charged the Commission with maladministration for failing to produce the text messages in response to a freedom of information request. This led to a report, released last month by the European Court of Auditors, which said the Commission refused transparency regarding details of von der Leyen’s personal role in the Pfizer contract and found that she went rogue and personally hammered out a preliminary deal with Pfizer, instead of using the normal protocols of joint negotiating teams.

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