The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the first batch of documents related to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine program after a federal judge ordered that they must comply with a massive FOIA request.
The request was filed by the Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency group, which consists of more than 30 professors and scientists. They requested any and all data that factored into the agency’s decision to authorize Phizer’s vaccine for emergency use.
“The entire purpose of the FOIA is to assure government transparency,” the plaintiffs argue. “It is difficult to imagine a greater need for transparency than immediate disclosure of the documents relied upon by the FDA to license a product that is now being mandated to over 100 million Americans under penalty of losing their careers, their income, their military service status, and far worse.” The FDA was ordered to comply after challenging the request in court. The agency had previously stated they would need a whopping 55 years to process the request.