On Monday, Romanian Member of the European Parliament Cristian Terheș grilled Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel and AstraZeneca executive vice-president Iskra Reic surrounding the safety and efficacy of the vaccines and overly secretive contracts.
Several concerns were asked by MEP Terhes of the executives, such as whether or not they had decoded the DNA of the COVID virus, why they did not take responsibility for the side effects from the vaccines, and when they would release the unredacted contracts with the European Commission.
The first set of questions was for both AstraZeneca and Moderna. Below are the questions asked by Terhes:
First question: I would like to know the date, if possible, when you decoded the entire DNA sequence of this virus or did you rely solely on the sequence provided by the Chinese government?
Second question: Have you tested whether the vaccine stops the spread of the virus or not? Because the data clearly shows that your products are not stopping the spread of this virus.
Third question: Have you had people die during the human trials, and if so, what was the disease they died from?
The second set of questions was directed to Moderna CEO Bancel, below is the excerpt:
You stated here that you relied on the sequence provided to you by the Chinese government when you developed your vaccine. I have here an answer from EMA, which shows for every vaccine the kind of tests that were done. So in the case of Moderna, for example, you provided data showing that you tested these vaccines since 2017, 2018, and 2019. So how are you able to test these vaccines back then when we found out about this virus in December of 2019?
The contract you mentioned here that there are some secrets or some confidential information in these contracts that should protect your interests. Now, the question that I addressed to you is, what about the interests of us and the interests of the European citizens?
Because this is how some of the pages from the contract between Moderna and the European Commission is showing. So I’m asking you, do you think this is fair to all of us to talk about these vaccines, to talk about boosters, to talk about medical products when we don’t know the clauses of these contracts? So the direct question to you, Mr. Bonsel, is when are you going to fully publish the contracts that you have both with the European Commission and with the member states of the European Union?
Another question, the issue of liabilities. You were asked by our colleagues here about the liabilities and you avoided to answer this question. So my question is why are you pushing the liabilities on the state and on the people who receive these vaccines? I think I might have adverse effect, why do you get all the profits?
Nevertheless, the bivalent boosters. This is the last question. You just stated here that these boosters were requested by the US government who also approved the boosters without trials on humans. So I’m asking you, do you think this is fair? Do you think we can go and ask the European citizens to be vaccinated with some medical products that were not properly tested or not at all tested in humans?
In their responses regarding liability, executives of Moderna and AstraZeneca said that they produced the vaccines at the request of the states and governments, who asked them to make the vaccines quickly, therefore they sought protection from them for payment of possible damages and compensations, according to MEP’s Facebook post.
“On liability for adverse effects, as all manufacturers have done, we wanted, governments wanted quick approval of a vaccine. And so for a conditional approval, it was important to give us some guarantees in terms of [compensation/damages], because we cannot have our cake and eat it too. They wanted the vaccine quickly. They didn’t give the manufacturers time to have long-term studies because of the nature of a pandemic,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel answered the question MEP Cristian Terheș.
“The liability and indemnification clause was discussed and agreed upon with many governments around the world because everyone wanted to see how we could speed up the production and delivery of vaccines. And, again, as I mentioned earlier, this is considered to be standard practice in emergency situations, and equally [the practice] that protects and supports everyone to move forward with the greatest speed and to do the best they can in terms of production and manufacturing [vaccines],” AstraZeneca executive vice president Iskra Reic answered the same question.
Bancel also admitted that Moderna used the sequence published by the Chinese government online and tested by many scientists in academic labs and government labs for the design of the vaccine.
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Back in March, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla admitted during his interview with WaPo that the “mRNA vaccine” technology was not sufficiently proven when they launched it. He said the experts “convinced him” but he wasn’t sure. He said they’ve been working for the mRNA since 2018.
“I was surprised when they suggested to me that this is the way to go. And I questioned it, and I asked them to justify how can you say something like that? But they came and they were very, very convinced that this is the right way to go. They felt that the two years of work on mRNA since 2018, together with BioNTech to develop a flu vaccine make them believe that the technology is mature and we are at the cusp of delivering a product. So they convinced me, I followed my instinct that they know what they are saying. They’re very good. And we made this very difficult decision,” Bourla explained.
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