Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Thursday that he is suing Pfizer, alleging the pharmaceutical giant unlawfully misrepresented the effectiveness of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine and attempted to censor public discourse on the product.
Paxton accuses Pfizer of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by engaging in false, deceptive, and misleading acts and practices regarding the company’s COVID vaccine.
“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,” said Attorney General Paxton in a Thursday press release.
“The facts are clear. Pfizer did not tell the truth about their COVID-19 vaccines,” Paxton said. “Whereas the Biden Administration weaponized the pandemic to force illegal public health decrees on the public and enrich pharmaceutical companies, I will use every tool I have to protect our citizens who were misled and harmed by Pfizer’s actions.”
Paxton’s 54-page petition comes after he launched an investigation into the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson in May of this year.
The investigation aimed to uncover whether the Big Pharma companies engaged in gain-of-function research, deceptive trade practices, and the manipulation of vaccine trial data.
The petition accuses Pfizer of making a “highly misleading” representation that its vaccine “possessed 95% efficacy against infection.”
Paxton disputes this representation by indicating that it was based on a misleading calculation of “relative risk reduction” for vaccinated individuals in Pfizer’s initial two-month clinical trial results.
The petition cites FDA publications which describe “relative risk reduction” as a misleading statistic that “unduly influence[s] consumer choice,” and describes how Pfizer was put on notice that vaccine protection could not be guaranteed beyond two months.
“How did Pfizer respond when it became apparent that its vaccine was failing and the viability of its cash cow was threatened? By intimidating those spreading the truth, and by conspiring to censor its critics,” the lawsuit states.
“Pfizer labeled as ‘criminals’ those who spread facts about the vaccine. It accused them of spreading ‘misinformation.’ And it coerced social media platforms to silence prominent truth-tellers,” it adds.
Read Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s full petition here.