Federal judge drops the hammer on the FDA, orders agency to expedite vax document release

Not long ago, it was reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had requested an asinine amount of time to release the documents behind its approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine — to the tune of some 75 years, as the agency claimed it would take that long to release all of the documents.

However, according to Breitbart, Judge Mark Pittman, appointed by former President Donald Trump, sped up that process by roughly 74 years, ordering the FDA to release the first traunch of 12,000 documents by the end of January.

The documents were requested via a Freedom Of Information ACT (FOIA) request submitted by a group called Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT). The group is comprised of “at least 30 scientists and professors from universities like Harvard, Yale, Brown, and UCLA,” as Breitbart noted.

After the first initial document release, the FDA was ordered to release 55,000 pages every 30 days until the request was fulfilled, as required by law. The first round of the second wave of documents is due by March 1.

“There may not be a ‘more important issue at the Food and Drug Administration . . . than the pandemic, the Pfizer vaccine, getting every American vaccinated, [and] making sure that the American public is assured that this was not [] rush[ed] on behalf of the United States . . . . .'” Judge Pittman wrote in his ruling.

PHMPT’s attorney Aaron Siri estimated that the total number of documents is roughly 450,000. The FDA hilariously offered to release some 500 pages per month, which would have taken roughly 75 years to do, meaning that everyone requesting the documents would likely be dead.

But with Judge Pittman’s latest ruling, the entire trove of documents should, by law, be made available by the end of October 2022.

Siri celebrated Pittman’s ruling, saying “Americans are mandated to receive this product and cannot sue Pfizer for harm it may cause, so we are pleased that at least the public and independent scientists will have access to the data underlying its licensure.”

Thankfully, we still have federal judges who aren’t afraid of taking on massive, powerful government agencies. This was a massive win.