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Poland Declines to Accept or Pay for Future COVID-19 Jabs


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Poland will no longer accept or pay for any deliveries of the experimental COVID-19 injections.

Polish Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski made the announcement Tuesday, April 19, citing dwindling demand for the shots.

“At the end of last week, we used the force majeure clause and informed both the European Commission and the main vaccine producer [Pfizer] that we are refusing to take these vaccines at the moment and we are also refusing to pay,” he said during an interview with Polish broadcaster TVN24.p

Insider Paper reported:

“This situation will lead to a legal conflict — or, in fact, there already is one,” he said, adding that the deal had been signed by the Commission and the vaccine makers while Poland was not a direct party to the agreement.

He said Poland still has 25 million unused doses, while the additional doses ordered number between 67 and 70 million.

Only 51 percent of Poles are fully vaccinated, while 59 percent have received just a single dose, according to health ministry figures, which also show that the jab rate has seen a significant drop lately.

“We’re very disappointed by the attitude of the Commission and the makers,” Niedzielski added, saying Poland had tried in vain to spread out the shipments over a few years.

He also stressed the costs involved at a time when Poland is in a tight financial situation because of the influx of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

A European Commission spokesman commented on the situation.

“Member states are bound by their contractual obligations but the commission, of course, understands the difficult position that Poland is in and will continue to facilitate discussion between the Polish government and the company in order to find a pragmatic solution,” Stefan De Keersmaecker told reporters.

Natural News added:

Niedzielski said he and the Polish government have been trying to renegotiate the country’s contracts for COVID-19 vaccines. These negotiations were unsuccessful, which forced the country to trigger the force majeure clause in Poland’s contract for vaccine deliveries.

A force majeure clause frees signatories from any of their contractual liabilities or obligations when faced with exceptional circumstances. In this case, Poland believes the dwindling demand for COVID-19 vaccines is sufficient enough to be an exceptional circumstance.

Niedzielski recognized that this will create a legal conflict between Poland, the EU and Big Pharma, but the country is prepared.

The health minister pointed out that Poland is unable to directly terminate its contract for the supply of vaccines to the country, as Poland itself is not the signatory to the EU’s contracts with vaccine manufacturers.

Pfizer, in a statement, agreed with Niedzielski and pointed out that its contract to supply COVID-19 vaccines to Europe is with the European Commission, not with any individual EU member state.

The contract for supplying COVID-19 vaccines to Poland is until the very end of 2023. Not a lot of details are known about this contract, as the details of vaccine deliveries are considered confidential.

From what little information has leaked to the public, one vaccine manufacturer received over six billion zlotys ($1.4 billion) from Poland, with over two billion zlotys ($467 million) of that for COVID-19 vaccines to be delivered throughout 2022.



 

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