A federal judge appointed by former President Donald Trump just crushed the FDA’s assessment that it would take until the year 2097 to release all of the documents pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccines.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman, who was appointed by Trump in 2019, demanded that the FDA significantly increase its speed of releasing the documents, namely saying they had to do it by the end of the year, The Blaze reported.
“The Court concludes that this FOIA request is of paramount public importance,” the judge said.
In his four-page order, he quoted James Madison who said in a letter to W.T. Barry in 1822, “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps, both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
He also quoted the late President John F. Kennedy who said, “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
The FDA said it could produce 12,000 documents by the end of January and 500 pages per month thereafter, meaning that it would take around 75 years for all of the information on the vaccines to be given to the people.
“It is important for the FDA to perform a careful line-by-line, word-by-word review of all responsive records before producing them in response to a FOIA request,” the head of the FDA’s Division of Disclosure and Oversight Management, Suzann Burk, said.
But Judge Pittman ordered that it had to produce 55,000 pages per month, “with the first production being due on or before March 1, 2022, until production is complete.” This would mean that the FDA would have to release all of the Pfizer vaccine data by the end of this summer and not by 2097.
Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency attorney Aaron Siri celebrated the judge’s decision.
“This is a great win for transparency and removes one of the strangleholds federal ‘health’ authorities have had on the data needed for independent scientists to offer solutions and address serious issues with the current vaccine program – issues which include waning immunity, variants evading vaccine immunity, and, as the CDC has confirmed, that the vaccines do not prevent transmission,” the attorney said.
“No person should ever be coerced to engage in an unwanted medical procedure,” he said. “And while it is bad enough the government violated this basic liberty right by mandating the Covid-19 vaccine, the government also wanted to hide the data by waiting to fully produce what it relied upon to license this product until almost every American alive today is dead. That form of governance is destructive to liberty and antithetical to the openness required in a democratic society.”