WASHINGTON, D.C. (SBG) – The evidence underlying the federal government's approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is being sought by a group of academics and professors. There's just one problem: the FDA estimates that processing the paperwork will take decades.
Officials with the FDA estimate that releasing the data will take 55 years. This is due to the request's size of 329,000 pages.
A group of more than 30 professors and scientists from Yale, Harvard, and UCLA are among those seeking the information.
The group Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency is at the centre of it all. They think that disclosing the Pfizer vaccine information will reassure vaccination sceptics that the shot is safe.
The FDA, on the other hand, claims it is unable to simply hand over the documents. Because they contain private information on patents and trade secrets, records must be examined and redacted, as is typical with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
"There are people on the fence about getting vaccinated because they don't believe vaccines are safe," said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease physician. "I am quite convinced that this is all going to be very reassuring data, but if you wait and say it'll take too long, that creates suspicion," she added.
The FDA should have been planning to disseminate the data concurrently with the licence, according to the group's attorneys, given the vaccine's public interest.
The agency would have to produce 80,000 pages every month to meet the plaintiff's stipulated 108-day deadline, which is unlikely.
During a hearing next month, a federal judge in Texas will consider the timing for processing the records.
This has many people wondering exactly what data Dr. Fauci is talking about when he repeatedly says, "the data shows" when there is NO DATA TO SHOW! The reason some people are hesitant to get the Vaccine is because they want to see the data first. If the shot is safe, what are they hiding if anything?