A top Pfizer executive’s admission Monday to European lawmakers that the pharmaceutical giant never tested its COVID vaccine to determine if it stopped transmission is raising new questions about the global effort to compel people to get the jabs.
Janine Small, Pfizer’s president of international developed markets, made the stunning admission while testifying before the European Union Parliament. She was asked by European Union Member of Parliament Rob Roos if the company tested its mRNA vaccine on stopping transmission before rolling it out.
“If not, please say it clearly,” Roos said. “If yes, are you willing to share the data with this committee? And I really want a straight answer, yes or no, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Small, who was sent to testify when Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla declined, said the company didn’t have time to see if its vaccine would stop the spread of COVID.
“Regarding the question around, uh, did we know about stopping the immunization [sic] before it entered the market?” she said. “No.”
She said no such tests were conducted because the world was facing a health crisis, and insisted that the vaccine, which Pfizer believes protects people from getting COVID, or at least makes it less deadly if they do, had to be made quickly available. She cited a study from Imperial College London which claimed vaccines may have prevented nearly 20 million COVID deaths in their first year. The college has been heavily criticized for its allegedly inaccurate modeling, which drove lawmakers to lock down the U.K. economy.
“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,” Small said. “I think Dr. Bourla, even though he’s not here, would turn around and say to you himself, ‘If not us then who?’”
Roos, who represents the Netherlands, later shared a clip of Small’s response on Twitter, and said it showed that the global campaign to force vaccination to protect others was built on a lie.
“Millions of people worldwide felt forced to get vaccinated because of the myth that ‘you do it for others’,” he said in the video, which has been viewed more than eight million times. “Now this turned out to be a cheap lie. This should be exposed.”
Roos claimed the admission that Pfizer never tested its vaccination to determine if it prevented or even slowed the spread of COVID shows there was never a legitimate basis for vaccine mandates or passports which he said “led to massive institutional discrimination as people lost access to essential parts of society.”
“I find this to be shocking, even criminal,” Roos said.
Fellow EU Member of Parliament Cristian Terhes, of Romania, said the shocking admission calls into question other actions by the pharmaceutical giant.
“They haven’t tested the vaccine to see if it’s stopping the spread of the virus. So we’re asking again: what are they hiding?” Terhes asked in a tweet.
In December of 2020, Bourla had said that the the vaccines effect on transmission was something that needed “to be examined” and said that they were “not certain” how it performed in that regard.
The protection that the COVID vaccines provide to contracting the virus has also been called into question. When the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Modera were first rolled out, pharmaceutical companies, government health officials and political leaders hailed them as powerful and effective. Bourla said in April 2021 that early testing showed its vaccine was “100 per cent effective against severe Covid-19.”
When vaccinated people began getting COVID anyway, their cases were initially deemed “breakthrough” cases. Bourla, who got COVID in August, admitted in January his company’s vaccine provides “very limited protection, if any” against the Omicron variant.
Over the last year, many experts have acknowledged that the vaccines may not stop transmission of contracting of the virus, but may lessen the symptoms and prevent deaths.
“[While they] don’t protect overly well against infection, they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, said earlier this year.
Pfizer made a reported $37 billion in revenue from its COVID vaccine in 2021.