MEPs call for transparency in race for COVID vaccine amid rising vaccine hesitancy

Euractiv | Sep 22, 2020 at 8:21 PM
  • EU lawmakers from across the political spectrum stressed the need for transparency in the COVID-19 vaccine process in a hearing with pharmaceutical industry representatives, emphasising that this is necessary to combat a growing vaccine hesitancy in the EU.
  • It was called to explore the ways to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for EU citizens after MEPs requested more information about the advanced payment agreements (APA) signed between the European Commission and a growing number of pharmaceutical companies.
  • This concern over transparency comes on the back of a recently published joint statement from leading health NGOs calling for more transparency on the governance of the APAs.