Americans are still criticized for wanting to know more about the process that allows an agency like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve new vaccines, such as the Pfizer/BioNtech’s COVID-19 vaccine, because apparently we’re not allowed to ask questions or see the data.
However, according to Fox News, a group known as Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency has taken legal action to compel Pfizer to release some 400,000 pages of documents concerning its approval process of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
At the crux of the group’s legal argument is that they were told by the FDA that it could literally take decades to produce all of the documents. The FDA agreed to release some 12,000 pages initially, and then at least 500 per month after that.
At that pace, the PHMPT group argued that it would literally take until the year 2097 to see the documents, which is obviously outrageous and ridiculous.
The numbers came as a result of the watchdog group filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the FDA’s approval documents for that particular COVID-19 vaccine.
Interestingly, the group requested that they receive every single FDA approval document within a timeframe of 108 days, which is significant as that’s the amount of time it took the FDA to approve the Pfizer vaccine — which was the first one to market that has made the pharmaceutical conglomerate billions of dollars in profit.
The attorney representing the group, Aaron Siri, recently wrote in a blog that it’s “dystopian for the government to give Pfizer billions, mandate Americans to take its product, prohibit Americans from suing for harm, but yet refuse to let Americans see the data underlying its licensure.”
That also underscores why so many Americans are still vaccine-hesitant to this day, as the FDA was all too quick to approve the vaccine without providing a thorough reason as to why and how the approval went through so quickly. Naturally, the expedited process has raised many reasonable questions that still haven’t been answered.
No political motives
PHMPT group members have insisted that there are no political motives behind their request, indicating on their website that the group takes “no position on the data other than it should be made publicly available to allow independent experts to conduct their own review and analyses.”
Notably, the group is made up of top experts in various fields, with over 30 professors from prestigious universities such as Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and Brown.
The FDA is seemingly flexing its government muscles, as it asked a district court for a staggering 55 years to be able to produce all of the documents from the FOIA request, which is obviously completely unacceptable for the group, or for most of the American public.
In addition, the FDA attempted to defend its request, indicating, weirdly enough, that the documents require a “line-by-line, word-by-word review,” with each document taking roughly eight minutes to approve. They also blamed the asinine time frame on staffing shortages.