Disinfo: EU normally imposes tight regulation but not on the untested Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Summary

The more surprising is that Pfizer, which lacks experience in the field of vaccine manufacturing, insisted that the agreement with the European Medicines Agency should not hold it responsible for the complications of using its vaccine, which is strange because European authorities usually impose tight control on drug manufacturers.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about vaccination.

Pfizer does not lack expertise in vaccine development. Pfizer has been involved in the commercial production of vaccines since the early 1900s and was has received several awards until today.

The European Medicines Agency has authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, granting it “a conditional marketing authorisation” with “all the safeguards, controls and obligations this entails”.

Conditional marketing authorisation is one of EU’s regulatory mechanisms for facilitating early access to medicines that fulfil an unmet medical need, including in emergency situations such as the current pandemic. And in line with the EU’s safety monitoring plan for COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be closely monitored and subject to several activities that apply specifically to COVID-19 vaccines.

Exemption from civil liability is known under conditional marketing. This was the only answer for maintaining the speed and scale of development and rollout of the vaccines. Under the current circumstances, EU member states' governments were focusing on trying to save as many lives as possible during the pandemic. The European Commission said: “it needed to act as quickly as possible while safeguarding patient safety”.

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  • Reported in: Issue 228
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Europe, EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, vaccination, EU regulations, European Union, Information war
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