By Matthew Roscoe • 07 January 2022 • 10:30
75 years too long: FDA told to speed up Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine data release to the public.
USA – A federal judge has reportedly told the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) to speed up its release of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine data to the public as 75 years is too long.
Last month, the FDA revealed that they proposed to release the data at a rate of 500-pages-per-month – which would have meant it needed 75 years to fully release the Covid vaccine data to the public.
However, a federal judge has rejected this request, instead ordering a rate of 55,000 pages per month. Meaning all information would be released within about eight months.
Aaron Siri, a lawyer working on the case, said in a blog post: “This is a great win for transparency and removes one of the strangleholds federal “health” authorities have had on the data needed for independent scientists to offer solutions and address serious issues with the current vaccine program – issues which include waning immunity, variants evading vaccine immunity, and, as the CDC has confirmed, that the vaccines do not prevent transmission.”
The FDA and the US Government have been accused by many people on social media of wanting to hide the data, however, in this case, the judge has apparently recognised that the release of this data is of public interest and as Siri puts it; “should be one of the FDA’s highest priorities”.
Demanding more transparency, Public Health and Medical Professionals had sued the FDA under a Freedom of Information due to the FDA’s initial request of only releasing a “minimum” of 500 pages a month. The FDA cited staffing issues as the reason for the proposed release plan.
The group, however, said there are more than 400,000 pages of data needed.
US District Judge Mark Pittman said that although “the ‘unduly burdensome’ challenges that this FOIA request may present to the FDA,” the “request is of paramount public importance”.
The news means that all the Pfizer vaccine data should be public by the end of the summer rather than 2097.
Siri pointed out that Pittman quoted President John F. Kennedy who said, a “nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
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