Vaccine diplomacy has turned into vaccine hijacking, says Croatian PM

Some countries are paying more per dose than what the EU paid despite this not being part of the agreement, the prime minister added. [EPA-EFE/JOHANNA GERON]

COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy is turning into vaccine hijacking, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković told the press on Monday, adding that a joint EU lawsuit against vaccine manufacturers is possible if they do not meet contract obligations.

Some countries are paying more per dose than the EU paid despite this not being part of the agreement, the prime minister added.

However, Croatia had not yet turned towards other vaccine manufacturers due to the agreement stipulating that EU member states would not contact manufacturers themselves, said Croatia’s PM.

“Once that happens, there is no joint agreement. The joint agreement must ensure that the entire at-risk population is covered by the summer, that is the most important,” he said.

With Italy preparing a lawsuit against Pfizer, Plenković believes that because the Commission signed the Pfizer agreement “on our behalf”, this will be a joint activity at the EU level.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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