MEP in charge of the 'Pfizergate' investigation dies

Environmentalist Michèle Rivasi was leading the case involving COVID-19 vaccines and the relationship between the European Commission and the pharmaceutical company.

Michèle Rivasi, the French environmental MEP, died this Wednesday in Brussels while addressing the European Parliament. Rivasi, who was president of Greenpeace in France, was the European legislator in charge of the investigation into the relationship between the European Commission and Pfizer regarding the COVID-19 vaccines. She managed to make the telephone conversations between the president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the pharmaceutical company's leadership public.

According to a statement from her cabinet, Rivasi died due to cardiac arrest. Although she was hospitalized in Brussels, doctors were unable to save her life.

After the COVID-19 pandemic, Rivasi passed a transparency motion in order to reveal the conversations that Ursula von der Leyen had with Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, to the European Parliament. The content of the messages dealt with the negotiation of 1.8 billion doses of vaccines against COVID-19.

The environmentalist was also an opponent of the COVID-19 vaccine certificates, documents that European politicians made necessary for the mobility and freedoms of citizens.

"Michèle Rivasi dedicated her life to the protection of biodiversity and our health, as well as to the fight for transparency in our institutions in the general interest of European citizens," reads the statement from her cabinet.