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Doctors with America's Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) Successfully Push Back on the FDA in Fight for Documents on the COVID Vaccine

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02/04/2022

Fort Worth, TX— February 4, 2022 - A Texas court ordered Wednesday, in Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT) v. the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FDA to provide documents in an expedited fashion, with overall favorable modifications to the prior order, according to an agreement between the FDA and the plaintiff in the case, PHMPT, represented by attorney Aaron Siri.

This is a major win for America's Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) and other doctors fighting for information from the government.

The Honorable Mark Pittman entered an order that requires the FDA to produce 10,000 pages of documents between it and Pfizer on or before March 1st, 10,000 more by April 1st, followed by another 80,000 pages each on May 1st, June 1st, and July 1st, then 70,000 pages on August 1st, followed by 55,000 pages a month on the first day of each month. Attorney Siri also negotiated a significant concession from the FDA that leads to a greater production of data per page to ensure duplicates do not cut into the page production.  

The FDA had sought to delay until May 1st the release of 55,000 pages of documents, which it had been previously ordered to produce on March 1st.

AFLDS had gone to court January 28, 2022 with doctors from all over the country to show support for the lawsuit against the FDA to obtain documents and against Pfizer’s motion to intervene, the latter which the judge has not ruled on yet. AFLDS has been fighting for more than a year now to give the public the information it needs to make informed decisions. Though the FDA requires informed consent for the EUA to be obtained, the informed consent requirement has been drastically watered down. "People are not being informed of the grave dangers of the vaccine," AFLDS affiliated doctor Dr. John Thomas, who was in the courtroom, emphasized. Dr. Thomas added, "Informed consent means having information about deaths and adverse events, the kind of data Pfizer has and gave to the FDA. The documents the FDA has should tell us a lot."

Of the victory and need for information, Dr. Simone Gold stated, "The data is essential, every day that goes by we are in the dark as to what the government knew and relied upon. The data relates to the efficacy of the vaccine, how well it lasts - we know there is waning immunity - how variants evade the vaccine and perhaps, most importantly about how the vaccines do not prevent transmission."

Dr. Brian Procter, a doctor affiliated with AFLDS, said, "The significance of the information and the urgency in obtaining it cannot be understated." He added, "Comirnaty is not available in the United States. Information obtained from the FDA, information we are seeking, can only help with giving people the information they need to provide informed consent."

The attendance of more than fifteen doctors at the hearing, including Dr. Thomas and Dr. Procter, was essential to drive home to the judge that these are not abstract names on a page but real-life doctors and scientists in this battle to gain information from the government. Dr. Simone Gold noted that many of the doctors had dropped everything on 24-hour notice to be at the hearing because of the importance of this matter to the nation.

The Court had given the parties one week to confer and come to an agreement on a revised schedule which allowed the government some room but not as much as they were seeking to produce the documents. The parties settled on an agreement that is a net win for transparency and a win for humanity.

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