After a judge’s decision, Pfizer’s 75-year-old vaccine’safety data’ will be released.
After a US judge’s ruling, PFIZER’s full vaccine “safety data” will be released in just months, rather than the 75 years it would have taken otherwise.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must release thousands of pages of documents related to its COVID-19 vaccine, according to US District Judge Mark Pittman.
These documents, known as the “safety data,” were used by the government agency to license the vaccine.
They were supposed to be fully released in 75 years, but the FDA only has a little over eight months.
The order is the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FIA) request by the nonprofit Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT) on behalf of a group of doctors and scientists.
The group is looking for an estimated 450,000 pages of documents related to the vaccine development process during the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in the United States in March 2020.
The FDA proposed producing 500 pages per month, but Judge Pittman ordered it to produce 55,000 per month.
According to the agreed-upon timeline, all Pfizer vaccine data should be available by the end of September, rather than 2097.
“Here, the court acknowledges the ‘unduly burdensome’ challenges that this [Freedom of Information Act] request may present to the FDA,” the ruling said.
“However, as stated at the scheduling conference, there may not be a’more important issue at the Food and Drug Administration than the pandemic, the Pfizer vaccine, getting every American vaccinated, [and]assuring the American public that this was not rushed on behalf of the US.”
The FDA must produce more than 12,000 pages by January 31 under Judge Pittman’s ruling.
The judge then ordered the agency to “produce the remaining documents at a rate of 55,000 pages every 30 days, with the first production due on or before March 1, 2022, until production is complete,” according to the judge’s order.
The data should be made public as soon as possible, according to PHMPT, because the FDA took just under four months to review it before giving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine full approval.
“Pfizer began rolling submission on May 7, 2021, and the vaccine was licensed on August 23, 2021, a total of 108 days from initial submission to licensure,” they wrote in December.
Excessive secrecy from a government agency, according to Judge Pittman.
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