Paxton sues Pfizer for not ending the COVID pandemic quickly enough

What the actual fuck?

A crook any way you look

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accused drugmaker Pfizer of fear-mongering and lies about the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine, which the company insinuated would end the pandemic, according to a lawsuit Paxton announced Thursday.

“In a nutshell, Pfizer deceived the public,” reads the 54-page lawsuit, filed in a Lubbock state district court.

The lawsuit alleges Pfizer “engaged in false, deceptive, and misleading acts and practices by making unsupported claims regarding the company’s COVID-19 vaccine in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.”

Pfizer was the first drugmaker to get the federal government’s emergency approval for the vaccine in late 2020, less than a year after the first infection was detected in the U.S.

The company has since won full approval for the use of its vaccine from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Also, the pandemic has since been declared over.

But the lawsuit comes at a time when Texas conservatives are pushing bans on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and trumpeting other anti-vaccine positions that are espoused by their grassroots supporters in the months leading up to election season.

Paxton’s arguments, many of them familiar tropes among the anti-vaccine and COVID-19 denial crowd, hinge on the fact that the pandemic did not end soon enough — even though Pfizer officials never promised an end date to the health threat.

The drugmaker, he argues, claimed its vaccine was 95% effective but did not manage to end the pandemic within a year after being introduced.

“Contrary to Pfizer’s public statements, however, the pandemic did not end; it got worse. More Americans died in 2021, with Pfizer’s vaccine available, than in 2020, the first year of the pandemic,” the lawsuit says. “This, in spite of the fact that the vast majority of Americans received a COVID-19 vaccine, with most taking Pfizer’s.”

But like other portions of Paxton’s lawsuit, that’s a statement that is technically true, but easily manipulated, experts say. Other assertions made in the lawsuit filing, they argue, are completely unsubstantiated, such as one claiming that vaccinated people were more likely to die from COVID-19, which Texas health data disputes.


But while facts and science remain on the side of COVID-19 vaccine supporters, who include experts in some of the most influential medical organizations across the world, the lawsuit still has political ramifications, said Terri Burke, executive director of The Immunization Partnership in Houston.

“What this really does is it’s just another attempt to erode confidence in all vaccines,” Burke said.

Paxton argues in the lawsuit that death rates were higher in some areas among vaccinated people than among unvaccinated people, but that’s not true for the overall rate in Texas.

The state’s own Department of State Health Services COVID-19 death tracker shows that as of April, the COVID death rate for fully vaccinated Texans is 12 times lower than that of unvaccinated Texans.

“These arguments have been around for a long time, and there are fact checks” that prove them wrong, Burke said. “This lawsuit and the rhetoric behind it are not going to make us safer. … It’s performative politics, as usual.”

I got nothing. We do not live on the same planet as this guy. I don’t know what else to say. The Chron has more.

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5 Responses to Paxton sues Pfizer for not ending the COVID pandemic quickly enough

  1. Flypusher says:

    I got something to say- we need a basic scientific literacy course in all the high schools. This kind of nonsense is fertilized by ignorance.

  2. Jeff N. says:

    Paxton’s warehouse sure is full of fertilizer.

  3. David Fagan says:

    There are Republicans, there are Democrats, and there are lawyers.

  4. J says:

    @Fagan??? What there is in Texas is stupid Republicans filing stupid lawsuits derailing their own agenda. Some election-denier Republican clowns are holding up the property tax cuts, pension increases for teachers etc. with a dumb challenge to the latest election.

    I was wondering why my property tax bill had not arrived yet. Morons.

  5. Flypusher says:

    Conspiracy nutters are like cancer cells, if you don’t nip them in the bud, they metastasize. Too many GOP officials failed to do their jobs and smack down all the lies about the 2020 election. We see the results. I just hope that the GOP gets the worst of the consequences- like the hand count activists getting their deep-red counties effectively disenfranchised. Such tasty schadenfreude that would be.

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