Pharmaceutical giant and COVID-19 jab manufacturer Pfizer has sued the Polish government over missing payments for the experimental COVID-19 injections.

According to POLITICO, Pfizer is suing Poland for “missing payments for 60 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with BioNTech.”

“The lawsuit, which comes as Poland prepares for a change in government following its October election, marks the culmination of a 19-month struggle between Warsaw and Pfizer over a glut of vaccine doses,” the outlet added.

Reports indicate Pfizer demands over €1 billion from the European country.

Someone should ask Pfizer if the experimental injections were about ‘saving lives.’

Instead, the Pharmaceutical company appears desperate to rake in all its profits from the COVID-19 shots.

POLITICO reports:

But the roots of the clash can be traced back further: to the enormous 1.1 billion-dose contract the European Commission signed with Pfizer in 2021, which has become controversial for the reported exchange of text messages between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in the run-up to negotiations.

“Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking to hold Poland to its commitments for COVID-19 vaccine orders placed by the Polish Government, as part of their contract to supply the European Union signed in May 2021,” a spokesperson for Pfizer told POLITICO, adding that BioNTech is also joining the proceedings.

According to Polish newspaper Gazeta Prawa, Pfizer brought the civil case before a Brussels court because the doses were purchased through EU joint procurement contracts, drawn up under Belgian law.

The first hearing will reportedly take place December 6th.

“In April 2022, then-Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced the country had stopped taking vaccine deliveries. He said Poland had invoked a force majeure clause in the contract, citing financial strain caused by the influx of refugees from the Ukraine war and the economic disruption that followed. He also explained that the improving pandemic situation meant there was less need for vaccines,” POLITICO added.

“Pfizer demands the payment of PLN 6 billion (EUR 1.37 bln) from Poland after the country refused to accept and pay for 60 million Covid-19 vaccines it no longer needed, despite a binding contract with the US company,” Polish Press Agency wrote.

From Polish Press Agency:

Katarzyna Sojka, the Polish health minister, was asked by TVN24 broadcaster on Wednesday whether a lawsuit can be avoided and some agreement reached with Pfizer instead.

She replied that the lawsuit “seems to be on” but “does not concern Poland only.”

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“These are lawsuits to be brought internationally. However, here we have a light (in the tunnel – PAP)… we are not alone in this issue, because there are more countries in the European Union that have a similar problem,” Sojka said.

“There is some… chance to end this lawsuit in a good way,” she added, explaining that “there is hope that Pfizer’s demands in this form will not be fulfilled.”

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