A Pfizer executive admits that the company didn’t know if the Covid vaccine stopped transmission before it was used.
During a parliamentary hearing, a Pfizer executive said something that was so honest that one representative called it “shocking, even criminal.”
A top executive at Pfizer has said that the company didn’t know if its Covid vaccine stopped the spread of the virus when it started giving the shots all over the world.
Rob Roos, a Dutch MEP, asked Janine Small this question Monday when she was testifying in front of the European Union Parliament. Small is the president of Pfizer’s international developed markets.
“Was the Pfizer Covid vaccine tested to see if it stopped the virus from spreading before it went on sale?” Mr Roos asked.
“If not, please explain it. If so, are you willing to give this committee the information? I really want a yes or no answer, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Ms. Small answered that the company had to “move at the speed of science.” She was there in place of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, who had been asked to testify but backed out of the hearing earlier this month.
“Regarding the question, um, did we know about stopping the immunization before it hit the market? She said, “No, heh.”
“Uh, these, you know, we had to move at the speed of science to really understand what was going on in the market, so we had to do everything at risk. Even though Dr. Bourla isn’t here, I think he would turn around and ask you, “If not us, then who?”
Ms. Small said that Dr. Bourla “actually felt the importance of what was going on in the world, and as a result, we actually spent $US2 billion of Pfizer’s own money, at risk, to be able to research, develop, and manufacture at risk, to make sure that we could help with the pandemic.”