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Pfizer Faces Lawsuit from Kansas Over Misleading COVID Vaccine Statements

Pfizer Faces Lawsuit from Kansas Over Misleading COVID Vaccine Statements

Jun 17, 2024

Pfizer Faces Lawsuit from Kansas Over Misleading COVID Vaccine Statements

The state of Kansas has initiated legal action against the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, alleging that the company engaged in deceptive practices regarding its COVID-19 vaccine. The lawsuit, filed in the District Court of Thomas County on Monday, accuses Pfizer of concealing potential risks, such as pregnancy complications and heart inflammation, while exaggerating the vaccine's effectiveness against different virus variants and its ability to prevent transmission.

According to Reuters, Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach asserted, "Pfizer made multiple misleading statements to deceive the public about its vaccine at a time when Americans needed the truth." The state's lawsuit contends that these alleged false statements contravened the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, and it seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Pfizer has countered the allegations, stating, "The representations made by Pfizer about its COVID-19 vaccine have been accurate and science-based." The company maintains that the Kansas lawsuit is without merit.

Fox Business reports that the 69-page lawsuit filed by Republican Attorney General Kris Kobach claims Pfizer knew of but failed to disclose serious adverse events connected to the vaccine and that the vaccine's effectiveness waned over time and did not protect against COVID-19 variants.

The lawsuit further alleges Pfizer's actions led to significant company revenue, with the suit mentioning record company revenue of approximately $75 billion over two years. It also claims that Pfizer used various methods to conceal critical data related to the vaccine's safety and effectiveness, including destroying the control group in its vaccine trial.

The lawsuit in Kansas follows a similar legal challenge by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against Pfizer last year, which is still pending. Attorney General Kobach has indicated that other states have been collaborating with Kansas in its investigation and may file lawsuits as well.

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