Poland Sued After Refusing To Buy More Of Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla speaks during a ceremony in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Pfizer inaugurated the company's new centers for Digital Innovation and Business Operations and Services in the second largest city of the country. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
  • Pfizer has sued the government of Poland for alleged failure to buy 60 million contracted doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, according to reports and Polish officials.
  • A spokesperson for Poland’s health ministry, Iwona Kania, told local news outlet TVN24 on Thursday that over a year of negotiations failed to yield a compromise over tens of millions of contracted doses that Poland doesn’t want to buy—and so Pfizer has filed a lawsuit.
  • Last year, Poland requested a change of its contract with Pfizer for 60 million outstanding doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, citing a “force majeure” clause in the contract. Warsaw said that the burden of taking in millions of refugees from the war in nearby Ukraine, as well as the economic impact of the conflict, justified a rejigging of the contract terms.