Latin America Calls out Pfizer’s ‘High-Level Bullying’

Latin American governments are accusing Pfizer of “bullying” in COVID-19 vaccine negotiations—saying it is insisting upon extreme guarantees against future legal cases like using embassies and military bases as collateral.
 
Protections for vaccine manufacturers in case of adverse effects are not unusual, especially in a pandemic. But Pfizer’s demands amount to an “abuse of power,” according to legal experts. 
 
Pfizer’s “take it or leave it” approach leaves Argentine citizens without access to its vaccine, for example.
 
“Some liability protection is warranted, but certainly not for fraud, gross negligence, mismanagement, failure to follow good manufacturing practices,” said Lawrence Gostin, director of the WHO’s Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

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