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Anjum Shabbir
Anjum Shabbir
5th April 2021
Consumer, Health & Environment Covid-19 External Relations & Trade Internal Market

Op-Ed: “‘Hidden’ vaccines in Italian plant: EU composite procedures and hidden accountability paths” by Sabrina Roettger-Wirtz and Mariolina Eliantonio

1. Introduction

On Wednesday the 24th of March, the Italian newspaper La Stampa reported on the discovery of 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in a production plant in Italy. This discovery was not coincidental, as reported by Politico, since the Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, after an inspection of a Dutch manufacturing site, had set out to explore where the doses produced there were distributed to, uncovering a supply to the filling site in Agnani, Italy. According to Politico, the Commission contacted Prime Minister Draghi, who asked the Health Ministry to carry out an inspection of the site, supported by Italian military police. This was not the first inspection at an AstraZeneca plant requeste


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