Vaccine manufacturers under pressure from romanian MEP told the truth
On Monday, Romanian Member of the European Parliament Cristian
Terhe grilled Moderna CEO Stephane 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
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?
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
"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 Stephane Bancel answered the question
MEP Cristian Terhe?.
"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
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.