Poland considers legal steps against Pfizer: gov’t spokesman

Poland could take legal action against Pfizer next month if the American drugmaker does not deliver all scheduled doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Piotr Müller, the government spokesman said on Friday.

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“I think that such a decision (on legal action) could be made next month if these supplies are not completed in accordance with the manufacturer's declaration,” Mr Müller told public broadcaster Polskie Radio Program 1.

Pfizer, which developed the vaccine with its German partner BioNTech, has reduced the volume of the vaccine it will deliver to European Union countries this week. Pfizer and BioNTech have declined to comment on the cuts beyond a statement last week which announced cuts to deliveries as they ramp up manufacturing in Europe.

“At the moment, we have a situation where the manufacturer declares... that these differences will be covered,” Mr Müller said. "But if this is not the case then of course legal measures will have to be considered,” he added.

On Thursday, Poland’s Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said the missing doses would be delivered from mid-February

Poland received 176,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine this week, a reduction of around 50 percent from what was expected, authorities said.