Did Pfizer try to hide 158K adverse events from their COVID-19 vaccine for 75 years?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Pfizer Tried To Hide 158K Vaccine Adverse Events For 75 Years!
People are sharing messages and articles claiming that Pfizer tried to hide 158K adverse events from the public, for 75 years!
One notable example is this article by The Daily Express – a tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom.
It’s a long read, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!
Truth : Pfizer Did NOT Try To Hide Vaccine Adverse Events For 75 Years!
The truth is tabloid newspapers, and fake news media, created this fake story to get more page views and clicks… for the money.
Here are the reasons why this is FAKE NEWS, and you are being taken for fools by these fake news creators.
Fact #1 : Judge Did Not Order Release Of Pfizer Documents
The PHMPT (Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency) group filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to receive the documents that the FDA used to licence the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The FDA duly processed their request, asking them to prioritise what they wanted released first, as the process could take years.
The PHMPT then sued the FDA in a Texas court to force them to release all 329,000 pages in just 108 days.
The lawsuit was not about the release of the Pfizer documents, but the SPEED at which the FDA should process and release them.
The judge most definitely did NOT order the release of the Pfizer documents.
Fact #2 : FDA Started Release Pfizer Documents Months Ago
These false claims are based on a Pfizer document called “5.3.6 postmarketing experience.pdf“, which is one of first documents the FDA released to the PHMPT:
- 17 November 2021 : 5 documents
- 1 December 2021 : 2 documents
- 13 December 2021 : 14 documents
- 22 December : 1 document
- 30 December : 1 document
23 documents were released in the months before US District Judge Mark Pittman ordered the FDA to speed up their processing of those documents on 6 January 2022.
Fact #3 : Pfizer Did Not Ask For Documents To Be Sealed For 75 Years
Pfizer did not ask for their documents to be sealed for 75 years. Once they submitted those documents to the FDA, the FDA has custody of those documents.
It was up to the FDA to process and release those Pfizer documents, which they had already started as early as 17 November 2021, as shared above.
By 31 January 2022, the FDA released more than 12,000 additional pages of the requested 329,000 pages, and was on track to deliver the remaining documents over the next 5 years.
The time frame of 55 years or 75 years was never mentioned by anyone but the PHMPT. There were also NO ATTEMPTS to seal the documents for 55 years, or 75 years.
Fact #4 : Pfizer Document Did Not Reveal 1,291 Side Effects
The “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI) is NOT a list of side effects caused by the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.
Think of it as a shopping list of generic adverse events that Pfizer wanted their post-authorisation safety teams to look out for.
Even if these adverse events did occur, researchers still need to find out if they actually occurred because of the vaccine, or some other causes.
Fact #5 : Adverse Events Are Not Side Effects
I should now point out that adverse events are not side effects.
Adverse events are “unfavourable” or “unintended” events that happen after vaccination or taking a drug, like having an anaphylactic reaction or getting into a car accident.
All reported adverse events have to be investigated to find out if they are related (anaphylactic reaction) or not (getting into a car accident) to the vaccine or drug that was taken.
Even if an adverse event was “possibly caused” by the vaccine, it must still be confirmed that the vaccine directly caused it, because an anaphylactic reaction (for example) can also occur from a bee sting, or an existing peanut allergy.
Only once an adverse event is confirmed to be caused by the vaccine, is it then a vaccine side effect. Otherwise, it is merely an adverse event, not a side effect.
Fact #6 : AESI List Not Specific To Pfizer Vaccine
The Adverse Events of Special Interest list is not specific to the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. It’s actually stated on Page 16 of the document.
These AESIs are usually specified before clinical trials even begin, although new ones may be added later. Hence, a generic list is used.
Fact #7 : AESI List Includes Irrelevant Adverse Events
We know that this is a generic AESI list, because it included diseases involving other viruses – Herpes, MERS, Varicella; as well as “exposure to SARS-CoV-2” and other “communicable disease”.
The list also included manufacturing and lab test issues, like “Manufacturing laboratory analytical testing issue, Manufacturing materials issue, Manufacturing production issue“.
Even product supply issues were included – “Product availability issue, Product distribution issue, Product supply issue“.
Fact #8 : Pfizer Document Showed No New Safety Concerns
The document actually showed that despite monitoring for 1,291 adverse events of special interest, Pfizer found no new risks from the vaccine.
If you read the Discussion and Summary + Conclusion sections, you will see that the data :
- did not reveal any “novel safety concerns or risks”
- support “a favourable benefit risk profile” of the vaccine
In other words – Pfizer looked for “1,291 potential dangers” associated with vaccines in general, and found NO NEW SAFETY CONCERNS / RISKS.
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