Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued Pfizer for allegedly misrepresenting the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine.
Seen here, the suit says Pfizer not only used misleading statistics to promote the COVID vaccine but also tried to “intimidate” anyone who raised questions.
“The pharmaceutical company’s widespread representation that its vaccine possessed 95% efficacy against infection was highly misleading. That metric represented a calculation of the so-called ‘relative risk reduction’ for vaccinated individuals in Pfizer’s initial, two-month clinical trial results. FDA publications indicate ‘relative risk reduction’ is a misleading statistic that ‘unduly influence[s]’ consumer choice,” a press release from Paxton’s office reads.
“Pfizer was also put on notice at that time that vaccine protection could not accurately be predicted beyond two months. Nevertheless, Pfizer fostered a misleading impression that vaccine protection was durable and withheld from the public information that undermined its claims about the duration of protection. And, despite the fact that its clinical trial failed to measure whether the vaccine protects against transmission, Pfizer embarked on a campaign to intimidate the public into getting the vaccine as a necessary measure to protect their loved ones,” it continues.
BREAKING: I am suing Pfizer for misrepresenting Covid-19 vaccine efficacy and conspiring to censor public discourse. pic.twitter.com/63mZ1y6FNC
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) November 30, 2023
According to the suit itself, when the COVID vaccine failed to live up to expectations, Pfizer started making attempts to silence its critics.
“How did Pfizer respond when it became apparent that its vaccine was failing and the viability of its cash cow was threatened? By intimidating those spreading the truth, and by conspiring to censor its critics. Pfizer labeled as ‘criminals’ those who spread facts about the vaccine. It accused them of spreading ‘misinformation.’ And it coerced social media platforms to silence prominent truth-tellers,” the suit reads.
For example, the “Twitter Files” revealed earlier this year that Pfizer board member and former FDA head Dr. Scott Gottlieb had tried to pressure X (then known as Twitter) to censor at least one tweet that questioned the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine.
Investigative journalist Alex Berenson revealed documents that showed that Gottlieb had used his influence to convince Twitter to censor a tweet that cast doubt over the Pfizer vaccine’s effectiveness and that went on to suggest natural immunity was more effective than submitting to inoculation.
Never mind that the tweet was posted by former Trump administration health official Dr. Brett Giroir.
“It doesn’t stop infection. Or transmission. Don’t think of it as a vaccine. Think of it – at best – as a therapist with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed IN ADVANCE OF ILLNESS. And we want to mandate it? Insanity,” Giroir’s innocuous tweet read.
— Pfizer Inc. (@pfizer) November 9, 2021
On August 27, 2021, Gottlieb emailed Todd O’Boyle, who was a top lobbyist in Twitter’s Washington, D.C. office, after seeing the tweet, according to Berenson.
He never directly requested that the tweet be flagged as misinformation but it was eventually labeled as such after he claimed in the email that the language in the tweet could prove “corrosive” to the nationwide COVID vaccination campaign. He contended it would end up “driving news coverage” in a negative way.
“This is the kind of stuff that’s corrosive. Here he draws a sweeping conclusion off a single retrospective study in Israel that hasn’t been peer-reviewed. But this tweet will end up going viral and driving news coverage,” Gottlieb wrote in the tweet.
Dovetailing back to the lawsuit, it also argues that the pandemic didn’t end nearly as quickly as Pfizer had suggested it would.
“Placing their trust in Pfizer, hundreds of millions of Americans lined up to receive the vaccine. Contrary to Pfizer’s public statements, however, the pandemic did not end; it got worse. More Americans died in 2021, with Pfizer’s vaccine available, than in 2020, the first year of the pandemic. This, in spite of the fact that the vast majority of Americans received a COVID-19 vaccine, with most taking Pfizer’s,” the suit reads.
“Indeed, by the end of 2021, official government reports showed that in at least some places a greater percentage of the vaccinated were dying from COVID-19 than the unvaccinated. Pfizer’s vaccine plainly was not ‘95% effective,'” it continues.
Pfizer has, for its part, claimed that the suit has no merit.
“Pfizer is deeply committed to the well-being of the patients it serves and has no higher priority than the safety and effectiveness of its treatments and vaccines. Since its initial authorization by FDA in December 2020, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to more than 1.5 billion people, demonstrated a favorable safety profile in all age groups, and helped protect against severe COVID-19 outcomes, including hospitalization and death. The representations made by the company about its COVID-19 vaccine have been accurate and science-based,” the company said in a statement.
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