An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes with the logo of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, on November 17, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

TEXAS (Agencies): Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, alleging that the company misled the public about the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine and attempted to suppress discussions about its shortcomings. The legal action follows a six-month investigation into alleged gain-of-function research by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

Paxton accused Pfizer of engaging in false, deceptive, and misleading acts, violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and illicitly making billions in profit. The lawsuit specifically challenges Pfizer’s claim of a 95% effectiveness rate, arguing it used a statistical trick called “relative risk reduction,” potentially misleading consumers. Clinical trial data, according to the lawsuit, indicated only a 0.85% decrease in the likelihood of contracting Covid-19.

The complaint suggests that the pandemic worsened after widespread vaccination, citing official government reports indicating higher percentages of vaccinated individuals dying from Covid-19 than the unvaccinated in some places. The lawsuit also alleges that Pfizer knowingly made false claims about vaccine performance against variants, including the Delta variant, while labeling critics as “criminals” spreading misinformation.

Paxton seeks financial penalties and an injunction to prevent Pfizer from misrepresenting its product’s effectiveness. Pfizer responded, expressing a deep commitment to patient well-being, emphasizing the safety and effectiveness of its treatments and vaccines. The company stated that it believes the state’s case has no merit and intends to respond to the petition in court.

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