Some of us might be literally dead before we get into the bottom behind this vaccine. It seems the justice doesn’t work directly with pharmaceuticals specifically Pfizer.
Recently, a team of scientists and professors want to publish the data behind the federal government’s approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. However, there’s just one problem: The FDA says it will take decades to process the paperwork.
FDA officials say it will take 75 years to release the data.
The FDA told the court it can work faster than its previously proposed 500-pages-per-month rate, but it also said there are more than 59,000 more pages than mentioned in an earlier filing.
That discovery and a desire to make sure it can work on other Freedom of Information Act requests at the same time, prompted the fresh request to the judge to allow the production of roughly 12,000 pages by Jan. 31, 2022, and 500 pages per month thereafter.
Those seeking the info include a group of more than 30 professors and scientists from universities including Yale, Harvard, and UCLA.
At the center of it all is the group Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency. They argue that making the Pfizer vaccine information public could help re-assure vaccine skeptics that the shot is safe.
But the FDA says it can’t simply turn over the documents. Records must be reviewed and redacted, which is standard with Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests, as they include private information on patents and trade secrets.
That timeline would take it until at least 2096, Aaron Siri, a lawyer working on the case, wrote in a blog post.
Siri said in a statement:
“If you find what you are reading difficult to believe—that is because it is dystopian for the government to give Pfizer billions, mandate Americans to take its product, prohibit Americans from suing for harms, but yet refuse to let Americans see the data underlying its licensure.”
The matter is more urgent because millions of Americans are being mandated to take the shot or face repercussions, such as a loss of access to businesses and employment termination.
The Pfizer shot is the only one that has been approved by drug regulators. Approvals mean products have met a higher threshold of safety and effectiveness than those given emergency clearance.
“The entire purpose of FOIA is government transparency. In multiple recent cases, in upholding the FOIA’s requirement to ‘make the records promptly available,’ courts have required agencies, including the FDA, to produce 10,000 or more pages per month, and those cases did not involve a request nearly this important–i.e., the data underlying licensure of a liability-free product that the federal government requires nearly all Americans to receive,” Siri said.
“As the present pandemic rages on, independent review of these documents by outside scientists is urgently needed to assist with addressing the shortcomings and issues with the response to the pandemic to date.”
However, a federal judge in Texas will consider the timeline for processing the documents during a hearing next month.