– Commission and Member States must publish weekly all details of deliveries and vaccines administered to public –

“Contracts signed by the European Commission with pharma companies developing covid 19 vaccines must be made public, and not hidden away from scrutiny,” said Fianna Fáil MEP, Billy Kelleher.

Kelleher was commenting after a meeting of the Renew Europe Group where the EU’s Covid 19 Vaccine strategy was discussed with the participation of the Chair of the Parliament’s Public Health Committee, Pascal Canfin MEP.

“In a somewhat underwhelming act of transparency, the Commission made available redacted version of an advanced purchase agreement between them and the manufacturers of CureVac.

“While a step in the right direction, CureVac hasn’t even been approved yet. Crucially, the contracts signed with Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna have not been made available yet.

“These contracts must be put into the public domain immediately,” argued Kelleher.

“Furthermore, I also raised the issue of full transparency from the Commission and Member State governments on both vaccines delivered to each country and how many vaccines are being administered on a weekly basis.

“For the last few weeks, both sides have been attempting to lay the blame on each other. It needs to stop. Citizens do not care who takes the credit or otherwise; they just want vaccines administered as efficiently and safely as possible.

“There must be a quid pro quo. The Commission must publish on a weekly basis how many of each vaccine type approved has been delivered to each member state, and a forecast of how many of each vaccine will be distributed in the future.

“Equally, the Member States should also publish how many vaccines, from each producer, have been administered on a weekly basis, and their forecasts for future vaccinations.

“Europe has agreed to buy 2.3 billion doses of vaccines. Not all of them will be available in 2021; the Commission and the Member States must ensure that the public is kept in the loop at all times on what has been delivered and administered, and what is yet to arrive,” concluded Kelleher.