- The FDA is requesting the court to give them up to 55 years to release the requested information about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
- The Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency has filed a FOIA request for more than 300,000 pages of documents about the jab.
- The agency proposes that they issue the document in 500-page-per-month chunks, containing 2076 . will take up to
- The FDA argues that it only has ten employees assigned to these requests, and has filed another 400 requests.
- The requesting group says that an agency as well staffed and well resourced as the FDA should be able to obtain the documents by March 2022.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been requesting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to review and release information to the public for more than half a century.
The agency is being sued by the Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency, a group made up of more than 30 professors and scientists who hope to access information they believe That may help clear up vaccine suspicion in some people.
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was filed by the group in September and they were hoping the courts could expedite the process of obtaining the information they requested.
The FDA is asking the court to give them 55 years, or until 2076, to collect and release the data to the general public.
The FDA is requesting a 55-year time frame to provide the more than 300,000 pages of information being sought in the FOIA request. The agency is looking to release the pages in pieces of 500 pages each month, which will take until 2076 (file photo)
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the most commonly used vaccine in the U.S., has been administered about 260 million times in the U.S. Plaintiffs requesting information from the FDA hope the request may help dispel some vaccine doubts.
A 1967 FOIA law requires federal agencies to respond to information requests within 20 business days.
However, the time taken to actually receive the documents ‘will vary depending on the complexity of the request and any backlog of requests already pending in the agency,’ according to the Centre. FOIA website.
However, the agency cannot simply provide documents to those requesting them.
They must first be reviewed by authorities, and any information that may reveal personal information about participants in clinical trials, or sensitive information about Pfizer or BioNTech that could harm their business practices, must be removed. will need to be modified.
Lawyers for the Justice Department representing the agency say the request requires about 329,000 pages of information.
They argue that in order to filter out the many pages, and the agency is already dealing with about 400 FOIA requests, they need a long time to prepare the requested files.
Lawyers also report that the agency only has ten employees to process these types of requests.
Meanwhile, the agency proposes a plan to release 500 pages of information every month, which will take 55 years to complete.
‘By processing and creating interim responses based on 500-page increments, FDA will be able to provide more pages to more requesters, thus avoiding a system where a few large requests monopolize limited processing resources and where fewer The requests of the requestors are being met,’ wrote lawyers representing the agency.
The attorney reports that there are other instances where the court has allowed the rollout of this type of 500-page-per-month information.
The plaintiffs argue that the agency should have been able to obtain the information from them in just four months by March 3, 2022.
‘This 108-day period is roughly the same time as reviewing documents responsible for Pfizer’s more complex task of licensing a COVID-19 vaccine,’ wrote Aaron Siri and John Howie of Siri & Glimstad in New York. Howie Law in Dallas in court papers.
‘The whole purpose of FOIA is to assure government transparency,’
‘It’s hard to imagine a greater need for transparency than the immediate disclosure of documents by the FDA to license a product that now faces more than $100 million under penalty of losing their career, their income, their military service status Americans are being mandated. , and even worse.’
To reach the March 3 target, the agency would have to process about 80,000 pages each month.
The plaintiffs argue that their request should receive priority over others, however, that it is in the public interest to release the information.
The Pfizer-BioEntech vaccine is the most commonly used in the US, and has the broadest merit of any of the available shots.
It has been administered approximately 260 million times since it was first available about 11 months ago.
With so many people getting the shot, and many claiming they are ‘doing their own research’ on vaccines, despite little scientific expertise, the team of professors and scientists hopes to continue with this data. Having it will give people more confidence in getting the shot. ,
They also argue that the agency, with its $6 billion budget and 18,000 employees, has the necessary resources to release information in a timely manner.