A federal judge has given the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to release Pfizer vaccine data within 8 months after the agency had asked for 75 years.
“A federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to release Pfizer vaccine data within approximately eight months after the agency had asked for 75 years to fully comply with an extensive public records request,” reports Breitbart News.
“Open government is fundamentally an American issue”—it is neither a Republican nor a Democrat issue. As James Madison wrote, “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.”
John F. Kennedy likewise recognized that “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.” And, particularly appropriate in this case, John McCain (correctly) noted that “excessive administrative secrecy . . . feeds conspiracy theories and reduces the public’s confidence in the government.”
“Pittman concluded that while the request may be ‘unduly burdensome,’ releasing the data is of ‘paramount public importance.’ The FDA previously argued the request would burden its Access Litigation and Freedom of Information Branch, which at the time had ‘a total of ten employees, including the director and two trainees.’ The plaintiff, PHMPT, argued the FDA has a multi-billion dollar budget and is capable of hiring more employees as needed, or asking Congress for a bigger budget,” reports Breitbart News.
“There may not be a more important issue at the Food and Drug Administration, than the pandemic, the Pfizer vaccine, getting every American vaccinated, and making sure that the American public is assured that this was not rushed on behalf of the United States” the judge wrote.
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