For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Phone: 202-588-1000

Disseminating Preliminary, Incomplete COVID-19 Vaccine Study Results by Press Release Represents Bad Science

WASHINGTON - Pfizer and BioNTech announced today that the initial interim analysis of data from the phase 3 study of the companies’ experimental COVID-19 vaccine shows that it is more than 90% effective. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, released the following statement:

“The release of preliminary and incomplete clinical trial data by press release to the public is bad science.

“Until the trial results are independently reviewed and scrutinized by staff at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the independent experts on the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, enthusiasm for the apparently promising interim results announced by Pfizer and BioNTech must be tempered. Crucial information absent from the companies’ announcement is  any evidence that the vaccine prevents serious COVID-19 cases or reduces hospitalizations and deaths due to the disease.

“More importantly, critical safety data from the phase 3 trial of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is not yet available. In order to ensure public confidence in this vaccine or any other COVID-19 vaccine being tested, the FDA must wait for sufficient long-term safety monitoring of subjects to be completed before approving such vaccines.”

###

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Please select a donation method:



Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.

Share This Article