The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, believes that Pfizer will “shop well” regarding the lawsuit filed against Romania and declared that it seems “it is not natural for a pharmaceutical company to blow the credibility of vaccination“.
Moderna has ended “any commercial litigation”. PHOTO Inquam Photos / Octav Ganea
“Romania is being sued by the Pfizer company and there are certain procedures at the Government level in which either the Government or the Ministry of Finance hires a law firm. The problem is related to the fact that the firm that will effectively represent Romania at the trial must know Belgian legislation and the trial is conducted in French. (…) I got in touch with those from Poland, we had a discussion related to this process and an attempt to coordinate the positions of the two countries. There is also a third country, Hungary. We will see if we can have a joint or separate representation, but anyway the teams of lawyers should talk to each other. I suspect that the Pfizer company will also fare well in this process, because to me at least, as a public health person, it seems absolutely unnatural for a pharmaceutical company to blow up the credibility of vaccination in general, I do not mean anti-covid vaccination“, said Rafila on Sunday evening at Antena 3, writes Agerpres.
“A very fair attitude”
According to the minister, the Moderna company, at the initiative of its representatives, concluded “any commercial dispute” and he no longer had any claim to continue the contract or litigate in court.
“With those from Moderna right on their own initiative… With Johnson and somewhat with those from AstraZeneca, we still have to see what the situation will be, but Moderna had a very fair attitude. We sent our doses for an advance paid by Mr. Voiculescu in 2021. They had not sent the doses, they sent them now in December 1.2 million doses. They sent them now. It is about the new formula of the vaccine and whoever wants it, we have distributed it to family doctors, if there are those who want to get vaccinated, they can do it with the newest available formula. They have ended virtually every kind of commercial dispute. For the remaining 70% of the doses ordered, he no longer had any claim to continue the contract or litigate in court“, claimed Alexandru Rafila.
The Bucharest authorities were notified in December of last year by the Pfizer company regarding the opening of a lawsuit for the recovery of some sums of money, considering the non-finalization of the purchase by the Romanian side of 28 million doses of the anti-Covid vaccine, following that the first term to take place in February.