It is hard enough developing a vaccine in record time to halt a global pandemic. But what if you need to print the instructions with every dose in Portuguese, Lithuanian and Greek?
An EU official said Brussels was considering having printed information in a limited set of languages. Other versions would be available online.
An industry official said even that might be too difficult: labels may not have enough space for more than two versions.
Consumer groups say leaving any languages off of packaging could hurt patients, particularly those less capable of looking up details online.
“The urgency of getting a vaccine should not be an excuse for companies to cut corners on consumer protection,” said Monique Goyens, the head of BEUC which represents major European consumer organizations.
The EU translates all its rules into all member languages. Commission staff use English, French and German as working languages.