As WLT noted, in a lawsuit seeking all of the documents the FDA utilized to license Pfizer’s COVID-19 jab, the FDA requested a federal judge let them release the data over 55 years.
The federal judge denied the agency’s request to release 500 pages per month and ordered the FDA to produce 55,000 pages per month starting on March 1st.
But the FDA has now requested the court delay the release of the first 55,000 pages until May.
And look who has suddenly joined the lawsuit to ‘expedite’ the review of the documents.
The pharmaceutical company whose product is up for scrutiny by independent scientists suddenly wants to ensure outside sources have speedier access to their data.
Pfizer’s intervention in the lawsuit will likely make obtaining transparency for its experimental product forced on millions of Americans harder to acquire.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) January 26, 2022
FDA tells Court must delay first 55,000 pages until at least May. FDA's excuse? Lack of resources. Maybe spend less taxpayer money fighting transparency!
And Pfizer has now moved to join the lawsuit claiming it wants to help expedite. 😂
— Aaron Siri (@AaronSiriSG) January 26, 2022
Pfizer doesn't have influence over the FDA…oh waithttps://t.co/WnaIs43EkW
— Jefferey Jaxen (@JeffereyJaxen) January 27, 2022
In a world where the FDA has full understanding of the materials it reviewed for approval, why would it need help from the entity it regulates in order to redact the documents it's been ordered to release? https://t.co/J5kemkIQ2Z
— Alexandros Marinos (@alexandrosM) January 27, 2022
Aaron Siri explained in Injecting Freedom:
The FDA’s excuse? As explained in the brief opposing the FDA’s request, the FDA’s defense effectively amounts to claiming that the 11 document reviewers it has already assigned and the 17 additional reviewers being onboarded are only capable of reading at the speed of preschoolers.
As the FDA tries to obtain months of delay, guess who just showed upon in the lawsuit? Yep, Pfizer. And it is represented by a global chair and team from a law firm with thousands of lawyers. Pfizer’s legal bill will likely be multiple times what it would cost the FDA to simply hire a private document review company to review, redact, and produce the documents at issue. Within weeks, if not days.
Pfizer is coming in as a third party. But Pfizer assures the Court it is here to help expedite production of the documents. Sure it is! Where was Pfizer before the Court ordered the 55,000 pages per month? Right, doing what it normally does: letting the government work on its behalf – like the way the government mandates, promotes, and defends Pfizer’s product.
But the government did not please Pfizer this time and so here it comes, likely looking for a second bite at the apple. Of course the FDA consented to Pfizer appearing.
Read the opposition to the FDA’s Motion by Siri’s firm here.