April 17, 2024

Leaders of Baltic States Publish Joint Letter to EU Commission President to Renegotiate Vaccine Contracts


The following letter was published last April 29, 2022, on the official website of the Republic of Lithuania. It is a joint letter of the Prime Ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

In this letter, the Baltic states tell von der Leyen that they are now facing an over-production and over-supply of vaccines. they said, “The vaccine deliveries to the Baltic states and other Member States continue despite insufficient vaccine administration. This puts pressure not only on logistics networks and storage but also has budgetary implications”.

They also raise the issue that their countries are receiving vaccine deliveries with short shelf life and are near their expiration. They add, “In our view…the manufacturers’ actions possibly might not follow the Reasonable Best Efforts principle that is embedded in the agreements. Such a short shelf-life of the vaccines, coupled with the restrictions of vaccines donations from the Member States to the COVAX’s facility, puts the Member States at a disadvantage and almost restricts the possibility of ensuring that vaccines are effectively used.”

The letter enjoins the EU Commission President to renegotiate the terms of the vaccine contracts so that the issues they raised could be addressed. Some of the important changes they want to be reflected in the contracts include:

  • the possibility of ordering vaccines according to the country’s actual needs.
  • the right to rephase, suspend, and cancel vaccine deliveries with a short shelf-life based on the country’s demand.
  • the possibility of replacing vaccine deliveries with other medical products based on the country’s needs.

Editor’s Note: This letter indirectly confirms what we already know about the vaccine contracts entered into by countries worldwide. Corporations, not governments, are in control when it comes to vaccination rollouts [See Pfizer Controls Health Policy of 110 Countries, CCH Challenges the Duterte Government to Make Public Its Contract with Pfizer, Leaked Pfizer contracts show they knew of adverse effects and lack of long-term efficacy of vaccines].

It also confirms that the continued push for vaccination of younger children who have no need for these medical products, the implementation of mandatory vaccination and vaccine passports, as well as the push for multiple booster doses are attempts at disposing of the oversupply of vaccine doses. No wonder governments did not want to acknowledge the safety issues of the vaccines. Doing so would mean accepting that they were wrong in locking down and waiting for the vaccines to arrive [instead of implementing other more effective pandemic responses, see AN OPEN LETTER TO RODRIGO R. DUTERTE President, Republic of the Philippines and COVID-19 PANDEMIC: THE PHILIPPINE EXPERIENCE].

The anomalies surrounding vaccines are now becoming clear. The question is: will our leaders be held responsible for their failure to protect and uphold citizen interests?

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