Was Pfizer Just Fined $2.3 Billion For Vaccine Fraud?!

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Was Pfizer just fined $2.3 billion for the COVID-19 vaccine fraud?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Pfizer Was Just Fined $2.3 Billion For Vaccine Fraud!

People are sharing a video clip on WhatsApp, TikTok, Twitter, and other social media platforms, claiming that Pfizer was just fined $2.3 billion for the COVID-19 vaccine fraud!

Pfizer Vaccine Manufacturer Has Agreed To Pay 2.3 Billion Dollars

Justice Department Announces Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in Its History
Pfizer to Pay $2.3 Billion for Fraudulent Marketing

The video shows Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli saying:

Pfizer has agreed to pay $2.3 billion, the largest health care fraud settlement in the Department of Justice.

Within that $2.3 billion is a criminal fine of $1.195 billion which makes it the largest criminal fine in history.

Today’s landmark settlement is an example of the Department of Justice’s ongoing and intensive efforts to protect the American public and recover funds for the federal treasury and the public from those who seek to earn a profit from fraud.

It shows one of the many ways that the federal government, in partnership with our state and local allies, can help the American public at a time when budgets are tight, and healthcare costs are increasing.

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Truth : Pfizer Was Not Fined $2.3 Billion For Vaccine Fraud!

This appears to be yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media platforms like TikTok and Twitter, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : Pfizer Fraud Settlement Occurred In 2009

First, let me just point out that Pfizer did indeed agree to pay $2.3 billion – the largest healthcare fraud settlement in the history of the US Department of Justice.

However, that did not happen recently. The historic fraud settlement (official announcement) happened on September 2, 2009 – more than 13.5 years ago! Needless to say – this occurred long before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Thomas Perrelli, who appeared in the viral video, stepped down as associate attorney general in 2012 – more than 11 years ago.

Fact #2 : Pfizer Fraud Settlement Had Nothing To Do With Vaccines

The 2009 Pfizer fraud settlement not only had nothing to do with COVID-19 vaccines (which were invented 11 years later!), it also had nothing to do with any kind of vaccine!

In that case, Pfizer pleaded guilty to illegally promoting four drugs :

  • Bextra : an anti-inflammatory drug
  • Geodon : an anti-psychotic drug
  • Zyvox : an antibiotic, and
  • Lyrica : an anti-epileptic drug

Fact #3 : Pfizer Then Was Under Jeff Kindler

At the time of the 2009 fraud case, Pfizer was under the leadership of Jeff Kindler, who was elected as Chief Executive Officer on July 28, 2006, and also as Chairman later that year. Jeff Kindler retired in December 2010.

The current Pfizer CEO is Albert Bourla, who ascended to the post on January 1, 2019 – more than 9 years after the historic fraud case, and Jeff Kindler’s retirement. Regardless of what Pfizer may have done in 2009, the current CEO is two administrations past that.

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Fact #4 : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Was Created By BioNTech

The COMIRNATY COVID-19 vaccine was not developed by Pfizer, but by the German biotechnology company, BioNTech.

As it is a small company, BioNTech partnered with Pfizer to carry out clinical trials, logistics and manufacturing of its mRNA COVID-19, then known by its development name, BNT162b2.

To be clear – BioNTech is not a Pfizer subsidiary, or beholden to Pfizer. It became a public-listed company on the NASDAQ on 10 October 2019 – just before the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Fact #5 : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Has Been Proven Safe + Effective

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine underwent a large clinical trial, and was proven safe and effective before it received it received its Emergency Use Authorisation. Then, after months of post-marketing safety monitoring, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine received its full FDA approval on August 23, 2021.

Several billion doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have already been administered worldwide. In the United States alone, about 367 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have been administer up to April 26, 2023.

In the past 2.5 years, health authorities worldwide have monitored the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for safety issues, and identified rare side effects like anaphylaxis and myocarditis. But otherwise, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine continues to be regarded as safe and effective.

Fact #6 : This Is Just Anti-Vaccine Fake News

Anti-vaccination proponents are not interested in your health, which is why they keep spreading misinformation about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. Here are some other examples I recently fact checked:

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