- Dec 30, 2021
You do realize the FDA exists to protect big pharma interests, right?
Since I riffed on government corruption in the United States earlier in this thread, and since a lot of people don't know the extent of it, I thought I'd mention what's happening with the FDA and Pfizer vaccine data.
TL;DR: The FDA took less than three months to approve the vaccine but claims it needs 55 years to review their data used to make that decision before it can be released.
From November 2021: (https://www.reuters.com/legal/gover...ss-foia-request-over-vaccine-data-2021-11-18/)
(Reuters) - Freedom of Information Act requests are rarely speedy, but when a group of scientists asked the federal government to share the data it relied upon in licensing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the response went beyond typical bureaucratic foot-dragging.
As in 55 years beyond.
That’s how long the Food & Drug Administration in court papers this week proposes it should be given to review and release the trove of vaccine-related documents responsive to the request. If a federal judge in Texas agrees, plaintiffs Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency can expect to see the full record in 2076.
Also relevant: (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/c...e-pfizer-vaccine-data-for-55-years/ar-AAQUufd)
The agency this week told a court that it had found about 329,000 pages of responsive information, but that it would like to release just 500 pages each month — giving it until 2076 to complete the request. The FDA took just more than 10 weeks, by contrast, to review the data before it approved the vaccine.
This is currently being challenged in court: (https://www.biospace.com/article/no...-fda-records-of-pfizer-vaccine-authorization/)
The ruling follows a lawsuit filed by a nonprofit organization called Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency, which was formed to promote transparency of the COVID-19 vaccine data used to secure Emergency Use Authorization. In its lawsuit, which was filed in September, the PHMPT claimed that under federal law, the data and information in the biological product file that was submitted to the FDA are expected to be available for public disclosure unless extraordinary circumstances have been shown. The judge presiding over the lawsuit agreed.
U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman found that the Freedom of Information Act filed by PHMPT “is of paramount public importance.” The judge’s ruling demands that the FDA make the data publicly available within a span of eight months.
We'll see how it goes, but I don't have a lot of faith that we're going to get anything but pages full of redactions at the most.