Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched an investigation into the Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, alleging that they engaged in gain-of-function research and misrepresented the efficacy of their vaccines, potentially violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
“The development of the Covid-19 vaccine, and the representations made by and knowledge of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, are of profound interest to the public’s health and welfare. This investigation aims to discover the truth,” said Paxton in a statement.
The investigation will also examine the companies’ reporting of “relative risk reduction” instead of “absolute risk reduction” when discussing the efficacy of their vaccines.
Paxton claims that the investigation is necessary because of the pharmaceutical companies’ record-breaking financial success during the pandemic and reports of the alarming side effects of the vaccines.
He also alleges that political pressure may have compromised Americans’ health and safety.
“Given the unprecedented political power and influence over public health policies that pharmaceutical companies now wield, it is more important than ever that they are held accountable if they take dangerous, illegal actions to boost their revenues,” said Paxton.
The investigation will force the companies to turn over documents that would not otherwise be accessible to the public.
Paxton is committed to discovering the full scope of decision-making behind pandemic interventions forced on the public.
“If any company illegally took advantage of consumers during this period or compromised people’s safety to increase their profits, they will be held responsible,” said Paxton.
“The catastrophic effects of the pandemic and subsequent interventions forced on our country and citizens deserve intense scrutiny, and we are pursuing any hint of wrongdoing to the fullest.”