Pressure Group Undaunted By EU Refusal To Disclose COVID-19 Vaccine Contracts
Corporate Europe Observatory Cites Overriding Public Interest
The European Commission has dismissed attempts by pressure groups to secure access to details of COVID-19 vaccine deals negotiated with pharmaceutical firms. The Corporate Europe Observatory says it is “disappointed” by the decision but is not giving up the chase.
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