Texas AG Suing Pfizer For Vaccine Misinformation, Trying to Censor Jab Critics
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that he is suing Pfizer, claiming that the pharmaceutical company misrepresented the efficacy of their vaccine and tried to silence critics.
Paxton (R) claims that Pfizer is in violation of the Texas Deceptive Practices Act by having engaged in “false, deceptive, and misleading acts” as well as allegedly making “unsupported claims regarding the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.”
“We are pursuing justice for the people of Texas,” Paxton declared, “many of whom were coerced by tyrannical vaccine mandates to take a defective product sold by lies.”
“The facts are clear. Pfizer did not tell the truth about their COVID-19 vaccines,” he added.
Paxton Suing Pfizer For Vaccine Misinformation
The Texas attorney general further insinuated that the Biden administration, based on Pfizer’s touted success rates, “weaponized the pandemic to force illegal public health decrees on the public and enrich pharmaceutical companies.”
The lawsuit also contends that Pfizer used social media to “intimidate” and “silence prominent truth-tellers.”
Many vaccine skeptics and critics of mask and social distancing mandates were cast as conspiracy theorists at the height of the pandemic.
Now the tables have turned, with the pharmaceutical company being accused of their own level of misinformation.
“I will use every tool I have to protect our citizens who were misled and harmed by Pfizer’s actions,” Paxton said in a statement.
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One of the key factors in the lawsuit against Pfizer is the company’s use of “relative risk reduction” instead of “absolute risk reduction” when publicly discussing the efficacy of their vaccines.
Paxton’s announcement contends that FDA publications indicate “relative risk reduction” is a misleading statistic that “unduly influence[s]” consumer choice.
A Reuters fact-check in 2021 asserts Relative Risk Reduction “is usually presented as vaccine efficacy.”
That same post claims “Real-world studies have already shown how the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, for example, are highly effective.”
Unfortunately, the actual real world has since stepped in and proven that this is not accurate in the eyes of many.
A recent study in Scientific Reports shows that individuals with vaccine-induced immunity had a “significantly higher” infection rate during the Delta variant and a “13% higher risk during the Omicron period” than those with natural immunity.
Pfizer responded to Paxton’s lawsuit by stating it has “no merit” and insisting that they are “deeply committed to the well-being of the patients it serves” and that the company has “no higher priority than the safety and effectiveness of its treatments and vaccines.”
While Pfizer is accused of trying to “intimidate” vaccine skeptics on social media, Democrat voters during the pandemic had loftier goals.
A poll from early last year showed that 48% of Democrats supported fines or prison time for those who questioned the efficacy of COVID vaccines.
Another 59% supported the federal government confining unvaccinated Americans to their homes.
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