Pfizer CEO blindsided by 29 brutal questions at World Economic Forum: ‘Shame on you , sir!’

In what proved to be a rare occasion, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was peppered with a series of stinging questions in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic — which is not to say that he answered any of them.

Somewhat fittingly, Bourla was in Davos for the World Economic Forum and he was confronted on Wednesday by two journalists from Canada-based Rebel News.

“Mr. Bourla, can I ask you – when did you know the vaccines did not stop transmission? How long did you know that before saying it publicly?” asked journalist Ezra Levant.

“You said it was 100% effective, then 90%, then 80%, then 70%, but we now know that the vaccines do not stop transmission. Why do you keep that secret?” Levant asked in a follow-up.

The Pfizer CEO ignored the reporter’s questions, only replying to say “thank you” and to tell Levant to have a nice day.

Levant persisted with no luck, while Rebel News colleague Avi Yemini asked Bourla, “Is it time to apologize to the world, sir? To give refunds to the countries that borrowed their money into a vaccine that doesn’t work. An ineffective vaccine.”

“Are you not ashamed of what you’ve done in the last couple of years?”

One thing is certain, the pandemic has been a boon for both Pfizer and Bourla himself, with the Daily Mail reporting that the CEO “personally earned $50 million in compensation across 2021 and 2022 and the company’s revenue tripled to more than $100 billion since 2019.”

The British tabloid reported in November that the company “reaped about $80 billion in yearly revenue from sales of Covid vaccines and the antiviral drug Paxlovid,” and that Pfizer announced it will triple the price for a jab to $130 per dose — up from roughly $19 to $30 per dose that governments paid.

“Some experts estimate each individual shot to cost just $1.18 to make — meaning the new price represents a 10,000 percent markup,” the Daily Mail reported. “Analysts speculate that the move was made so Pfizer could still meet its target of $32 billion of projected vaccine revenue this year.”

Pfizer CFO David Denton cited the Covid vaccine in November, saying it would be “quite relevant for many years to come.”

“I think if you look out longer term, the franchise is going to be a multibillion-dollar franchise in the respect that this is going to be somewhat like a flu, sustained flu, but actually more deadly than the flu,” Denton said. “I think the products, both from a vaccine and the therapy perspective that Pfizer has developed, are going to be quite relevant for many years to come.”

The Rebel News reporters concluded their interaction with Bourla, who had reached his destination, by calling out, “Shame on you, sir!”

“We’re not accredited media here. We’re on the outside of the perimeter, so he’s only used to the softballs from CNN, MSNBC and people like that,” Levant noted.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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