An official EU watchdog has slammed Ursula von der Leyen for keeping secret text messages with Pfizer's CEO about purchasing Covid vaccine doses, saying it 'constituted maladministration'. In April last year, the New York Times revealed that EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had exchanged text messages and calls about vaccine procurements for EU countries. The European Commission chief used 'personal diplomacy' to secure the deal for 1.8billion Pfizer vaccines via texts with the CEO, the paper revealed. If text messages concern EU policies and decisions, they should be treated as EU documents. They also told the ombudsman that 'to date, it has not recorded any text messages in its document management system'.
Source: Daily Mail January 28, 2022 20:47 UTC