COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Pfizer has been accused of hiding behind a veil of secrecy to profiteer during the “worst public health crisis” in over 100 years.
- The company is able to change its vaccine delivery schedule (without penalty)
- Brazil can’t accept COVID vaccine donations from other nations, without Pfizer’s consent
- Pfizer raised the annual sales forecast for its COVID-19 vaccines to $US33.5b (up 29 per cent)
That was the key criticism made by Public Citizen, a consumer rights group, which published a report containing leaked Pfizer contracts with the United States, United Kingdom, European Commission, Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic and Peru.
In some of the contracts (some of which were in draft or final form), Pfizer had the power to block countries from donating their COVID-19 vaccines to other countries, unilaterally change delivery schedules if there was a shortage, and demand that public assets be used as collateral.