Pfizer Board Member Lobbied Twitter To Censor Information About COVID Vaccine

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On the heels of the release of internal files from social media giant Twitter concerning the relationship between the tech executives and Democrats in the 2020 presidential election, comes more files showing that the pharmaceutical industry lobbied to silence those who questioned the statements being made during the pandemic by the manufacturers of the COVID vaccines. Many have questioned the statements made about the vaccines since their appearance shortly after the pandemic began to spread; namely the effectiveness of the shot, the effectiveness compared to natural immunity, and the side effects of the shot in relationship to the person receiving it and their age as well as pre-existing conditions.

Biden’s government sought to suppress concerns about the vaccine and enacted a campaign to get as many people vaccinated as possible by advertising the necessity of the shot and giving it away for “free” at a cost to U.S. taxpayers. Slowly but surely, information leaked out about the shot through the medical community and those fighting for free speech, and citizens who questioned the shot, and therefore refused it, were blocked and banned from social media. Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and his release of internal files showing the internal initiatives to shut down free speech are now bringing forth proof of all that was suppressed.

Now new Twitter releases are showing the intention of a Pfizer board member to lobby for the censoring of information about the shot that did not please or match the rhetoric of the drug company as it sought to make millions off the shot.

Summit News reports that Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb lobbied Twitter to censor information that questioned the efficacy of the COVID vaccine in comparison to natural immunity, it has been revealed. Newly released Twitter files show that the platform censored a tweet from Dr. Brett Giroir, a board member at the biopharmaceutical company Altesa Biosciences, which produces drugs to combat COVID after it was flagged by Gottlieb.

In August 2021, Gottlieb complained to Todd O’Boyle, a senior manager on Twitter’s Public Policy team, about Giroir’s claim that natural immunity offered greater protection than the vaccine.

“It’s now clear #COVID19 natural immunity is superior to #vaccine immunity, by ALOT. There’s no scientific justification for #vax proof if a person had a prior infection. @CDCDirector @POTUS must follow the science. If no previous infection? Get vaccinated!” tweeted Giroir.

Gottlieb asserted that, “This is the kind of stuff that’s corrosive. Here he draws a sweeping conclusion off a single retrospective study in Israel that hasn’t been peer reviewed. But this tweet will end up going viral and driving news coverage.”

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O’Boyle then forwarded Gottlieb’s email to Twitter’s Strategic Response team for review, but failed to tell them that Gottlieb was on the Pfizer board, instead merely referring to him as “the former FDA commissioner.”

Summit News continues:

Despite Twitter ruling that the tweet didn’t violate its rules, it still slapped a “misleading” tag on the post, meaning it had its replies, shares, and likes disabled, burying it in the algorithm.

A week later, Gottlieb complained about another tweet by lockdown skeptic Justin Hart which stated, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but a viral pathogen with a child mortality rate of ~0% has cost our children nearly three years of schooling.”

Gottlieb’s concern was that the tweet might generate doubt surrounding giving the COVID vaccine to kids, given that it “would soon be approved for children 5 to 11.” The Pfizer board member also previously flagged an article written by journalist and COVID vaccine skeptic Alex Berenson, who was subsequently suspended by Twitter.

Gottlieb wasn’t happy that his lobbying attempts on behalf of Pfizer had been exposed, complaining that the release of his communications with Twitter had stoked “the threat environment” and led to “more menacing dialogue, with potentially serious consequences.” Giroir responded by asserting that Gottlieb was upset that he had been caught “apparently (putting) corporate interests first not public health.”

Summit New notes, “As we highlighted yesterday, emails also show the White House lobbied Facebook to censor Tucker Carlson and others for expressing skepticism about the COVID-19 vaccine. This all once again highlights the fact that Big Tech’s ‘content moderation’ policies were being imposed at the behest of lobbying by the government and giant pharmaceutical companies, representing a clear violation of the First Amendment.”

The revelation comes as Pfizer has gone on record for making the largest contribution in the history of Kentucky political contributions to the Republican Party building fund of a new Republican headquarters building, the ‘Mitch McConnell Building’ in Frankfort. The $1 million donation by Pfizer last month was joined with contributions from five other big corporations in the final quarter of 2022 totaling $1.65 million. The Herald-Leader noted that the amount is an extraordinarily large haul for the fund which had raised only $6,000 during the first three quarters of 2022.

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