Pfizer exec says CEO did not negotiate EU COVID vaccine contract via text message


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FRANKFURT — A Pfizer executive with a lead role in negotiating a COVID-19 vaccine bulk supply agreement with the European Commission said she “categorically” rules 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.

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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. (Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Jan Harvey)


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