Texas Attorney General Paxton recently revealed that his office has initiated a probe into Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson to look into if they engaged in gain-of-function research and if they potentially influenced and intentionally misinformed the public.
On Monday, Paxton alleged the three pharmaceutical companies made misleading claims pertaining to “the efficacy of their Covid-19 vaccines and the likelihood of transmitting Covid-19 after taking the vaccines in violation of 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,” Paxton said in a statement, according to a press release. “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. If public health policy was developed on the basis of flawed or misleading research, the public must know. 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.”
Speaking on the alleged corruption of Big Pharma, Paxton commented that the “vested interest … combined with reports about the alarming side effects of vaccines, demands aggressive investigation,” according to The New York Post.
As the outlet noted, Paxton’s probe came after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called for his state’s Supreme Court to form a grand jury to investigate “any and all wrongdoing” surrounding the use of COVID-19 inoculations.
The Daily Wire reported that the announcement from Paxton’s office indicated it will investigate if trial data for the inoculations was tampered with, with Paxton observing that there has been “potentially fraudulent activity that falls outside the scope of legal immunity granted to manufacturers of the Covid-19 vaccine.”
According to Paxton, this probe will compel the powerful pharmaceutical firms to hand over files that the public would otherwise not be able to see.
DeSantis made similar claims about his own situation.
“We’ll be able to get the data whether they want to give it or not,” DeSantis reportedly said. “In Florida, it is illegal to mislead and misrepresent, especially when you are talking about the efficacy of a drug.”