Pfizer Quietly Financed Groups Lobbying for COVID Vaccine Mandates
Many of the supposedly independent consumer, medical and civil rights groups that created the appearance of broad support for the mandate received funding from one of the vaccines’ manufacturers.
In the midst of a contentious debate about Chicago’s plan to force employers to require their workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine, Karen Freeman-Wilson, president of the Chicago Urban League, appeared on television to dismiss complaints that such rules would disproportionately harm the Black community.
“The health and safety factor here far outweighs the concern about shutting people out or creating a barrier,” Freeman-Wilson said on WTTW in August 2021.
Earlier that year, her group had received a $100,000 grant from Pfizer, the manufacturer of one of the most commonly used COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, for a project to promote “vaccine safety and effectiveness.” Although the Chicago Urban League is not normally shy about disclosing its corporate donors, the support from Pfizer is not listed in the “partners” section on its website. The drug industry funding likewise went unmentioned during the interview.
Pfizer’s grant to the Chicago Urban League was one of many that Pfizer made to nonprofits and trade organizations. Pfizer doled out special funding to groups across the country that lobbied in favor of government policies to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine.
The extensive list of those with funding from the pharmaceutical giant includes consumer, doctor, and medical groups, as well as public health organizations and civil rights nonprofits. Many of those groups did not disclose the funding they received from Pfizer while they were advocating for policies that would force workers to get the vaccine.
There were several different and sometimes overlapping vaccine mandates in the country. At the federal level, President Joe Biden issued an executive order, which was ultimately struck down in court, mandating vaccinations at all employers with 100 workers or more. A number of state and local governments forced public employees to get vaccinated and tried to force private-sector employers to follow suit. And many large employers required their employees to get vaccinated without any prodding from the government. (See link for article)
- Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, an expert in bioethics, noted that pharmaceutical firms routinely finance outside organizations to shape medical decisions and health care policy.
- Pfizer, Kheriaty said, engaged in a “form of market manipulation by pushing mandates using organizations that present themselves as scientifically credible, or acting in the public interest, while creating by force a market for the company’s products.”
The article gives the example of a lobbyist for Genentech who had a $50 MILLION lobbying budget, must of which went to third-party groups that spouted its messages. These messages stoke fears about diseases and plant news stories for the need to stockpile drugs for them. The lobbyist was able to orchestrate a delay in the FDA’s decision to ban the use of a lucrative cancer drug that didn’t work, allowing the company to reap more profits.
Pfizer, with its endless money for marketing, was able to defy all logic and reason for “vaccine” mandates by influencing organizations with paid for propaganda:
- If you had COVID, you have excellent immunity.
- When there was a shortage of the injections, they didn’t go to the population most at risk.
- They are utterly worthless and unsafe.
These ludicrous and ineffective mandates were declared unconstitutional but not until many succumbed to keep their jobs or were fired for not getting them. Informed consent was nonexistent and many suffered and continue to suffer from these fraudulent mandates.
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Pfizer Quietly Financed Groups Lobbying for “Vaccine” Mandates
April 27, 2023
Go here for Russell Brand’s interview with Lee Fang, the author of the Substack article on Pfizer.
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