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Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Thursday against Pfizer for misrepresenting the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine and “conspiring to censor” critics.
The lawsuit alleges Pfizer “deceived the public” by claiming its vaccine was 95 percent effective, as well through suggestions it made about the vaccine’s duration of protection, protection against transmission, and protectiveness against variants.
Pfizer then “coerced social media platforms to silence prominent truth-tellers,” including former FDA Commissioner Brett Giroir and journalist Alex Berenson, engaging in a “censorship campaign” to suppress content that would negatively impact sales, according to the lawsuit.
“Pfizer intentionally misrepresented the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine and censored persons who threatened to disseminate the truth in order to facilitate fast adoption of the product and expand its commercial opportunity,” the complaint alleges.
“In light of the multi-billion dollar bet that Pfizer made on the vaccine and its need to quickly establish the product as the marketing leader, Pfizer was heavily incentivized to, and in fact did, make misrepresentations intended to confuse and mislead the public in order to achieve widespread adoption of its vaccine.”
The complaint states that government reports show in some places “a greater percentage of the vaccinated were dying from COVID-19 than the unvaccinated” by 2021.
“We are pursuing justice for the people of Texas, many of whom were coerced by tyrannical vaccine mandates to take a defective product sold by lies,” Paxton said in a statement. “The facts are clear. Pfizer did not tell the truth about their COVID-19 vaccines.”
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