Documents demonstrate Big Pharma influence over European Union COVID-19 vaccine policy

April 22, 2021: The Corporate Europe Observatory has uncovered through a Freedom of Information request the pharmaceutical industry document outlining the position of the pharmaceutical lobby on COVID-19 vaccines to the European Commission in December 2020.

The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) document said in response to the proposal by South Africa and India to suspend World Trade Organisation intellectual property rights during the pandemic: “This proposal represents an extreme measure for an unidentified problem.” Even in December 2020 that was blatantly wrong. Today this statement reads as a denial of reality, and is going to cost millions of lives.

The report demonstrates the dominance of Big Pharma at the highest levels of the European Commission, at the cost of equitable access to vaccines.