‘Moving at the speed of science’ does not excuse Pfizer’s bold claims, which it knew to be untrue
The COVID-19 vaccine was never designed to stop transmission of the virus, and it was never tested to see whether it did, the company admitted this week.
Not only did Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla tweet in April 2021 that the vaccine was “100% effective in preventing COVID cases in South Africa,” the company put out a press release making the claim.
We now know that the company made these claims with zero data to support them. Because the data didn’t exist. Pfizer says so itself.
Bourla was called before the European Parliament’s COVID-19 committee this week but did not make himself available. He sent Janine Small, president of international markets for Pfizer, in his stead.
Rob Roos, a member of parliament from the Netherlands, asked Small:
Was the Pfizer COVID vaccine tested on stopping the transmission of the virus before it entered the market? If not, please say it clearly. If yes, are you willing to share the data with this committee?
Small answered: “Regarding the question around, did we know about stopping immunization before it entered the market? No.”
She continued: “We had to really move at the speed of science to really understand what is taking place in the market. And from that point of view, we had to do everything at risk.”
But “the speed of science” only explains why Pfizer would act fast. It may even explain the government’s emergency use authorization.
It does not explain why Pfizer would make bold claims it did not know to be true.
These claims became the basis for vaccine mandates. If a drug really existed that would stop the spread of a deadly global virus, only the most unselfish people would deny it, held the conventional wisdom of the time. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made several statements to that effect, and other Western leaders joined them.
Now we know that no such transmission-stopping drug existed, and that the jab wasn’t designed or tested for this.
As Roos said on Twitter after the hearing:
“‘Get vaccinated for others’ was always a lie.
“The only purpose of the #COVID passport: forcing people to get vaccinated.”