| Stella Kyriakides |
|Born||10 March 1956|
|Alma mater||University of Reading, Victoria University of Manchester|
As European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety she was responsible for buying rushed vaccines for tens of billions. At the same time, payments of 4 million euros were put into a family account, allegedly by her husband.
In early March 2020, Kyriakides was appointed by President Ursula von der Leyen to serve on a special task force to coordinate the European Union's response to COVID-19. As such, in addition to Sandra Gallina as negotiator, she was also responsible for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines for the member states of the EU.
Kyriakides was been accused by corporate media and pharmaceutical CEOs such as Pascal Soriot (AstraZeneca) and Uğur Şahin (Biontech) of ordering too little vaccine and too slow, compared to countries like Great Britain, USA and Israel.
$4 million to family account
Her husband Kyiriakos Kyriakides received 4 millions of euros in loans from a state bank, although he was unable to provide sufficient collateral. The money landed in the Commissioner’s family bank account through the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank and, in order to fend off any scandals, they tried to portray the amount as some type of loan. However, the politician has no financial coverage whatsoever to take out such a huge loan.
The lender, Cyprus Cooperative Bank, had to be rescued several times through taxpayers' money and is owned by the Cypriot state. As the bank kept getting into trouble, the Court of Auditors investigated which "politically exposed persons" the bank had done business with. Stella Kyriakides appears in the report on four deals in a family account which her husband is involved.
Since the transaction came to light, Stella Kyriakides has gone out of her way to give an explanation. She has been trying to put it across that the amount, which certainly looks like corruption money, has nothing to do with the EU’s vaccine agreements.
This is not her first healthcare-related corruption scandal. Years ago, she was involved in a scheme which saw all oncological treatments privatised on Cyprus under the disguise of bank operations, then they hiked up the prices of those treatments.