Poland doesn't want to break vaccine contracts, wants them more flexible

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Our aim is not to break Covid vaccine contracts but to postpone delivery dates and to extend payment periods, the Polish health minister has said.

Minister Adam Niedzielski made the statement on Friday when asked about the ongoing talks with Pfizer and Moderna.

Niedzielski admitted that, during the negotiations with Pfizer, the Polish government decided to take advantage of a force majeure clause in the contract that could free it from liabilities and obligation in exceptional circumstances.

"We are waiting for Pfizer's response," he said.

The minister went on to say that "dialogue with Moderna has a slightly better nature," and that the ongoing talks could be described as partner-like.

Niedzielski also said that vaccines would surely still be needed when Covid-19 entered an endemic phase.

"We want to keep contracts, we simply want to change their conditions. And this applies to both Pfizer and Moderna," the minister said.