Dutch Health Minister answers parliamentary questions about "secret" COVID-19 vaccine deals, legal protection

Dutch Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge answered parliamentary questions regarding the liability of vaccine developers and secrecy surrounding recent COVID-19 vaccine deals.

De Jonge defended the stance that, while the Dutch government and the European Commission strive to be as transparent as possible, vaccine deals should ultimately remain secret in order not to influence other vaccine negotiations, and to protect companies' sensitive pricing information.

Under the current agreements, European member states are financially responsible for claims arising from side effects not known at the time of authorization of the vaccine.

Press release - Parliament of the Netherlands (in Dutch)