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Pfizer CEO’s Post about The Pfizer Vaccine Sparks Outrage on X

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The COVID pandemic had the entire world on its toes. Doctors and other scientists worked around the clock to find a way to win the fight against the virus. After several trials, various vaccines were rolled out.

A collage of Albert Bourla and vials of COVID-19 vaccine
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However, while many people have sung praises for these vaccines, skeptics have also been very vocal about their opinions.

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Not Everyone is Excited About the Pfizer Vaccine

Recently, the CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, met some severe backlash on social media when he made a post that has over 3 million views already. The controversial post was meant to celebrate the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, but vaccine skeptics weren’t sharing his joy.

Albert Bourla speaking at an event
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On November 9, 2023, Bourla posted on X to commemorate the third anniversary of Pfizer COVID-19 getting the green light after safety trials. Bourla wrote, “Three years ago today, we were able to share with the world the joyous news that our #COVID19 vaccine was highly effective in preventing disease. It was one of the best moments of my career. We could not have reached this point without the extraordinary efforts of our talented and dedicated @Pfizer colleagues and @BioNTech_Group partners.”

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The Pfizer Covid Vaccine is Approved by the Cdc and Fda

According to Statista, the data suggests that over 350 million Pfizer vaccines had been administered in the United States alone as of April 2023. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classifies Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine as “safe and effective.”

A stamp of FDA approval
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The vaccines are a product of remarkable mRNA technology that took over 15 years to develop. Also, the Pfizer vaccine received full Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. The Moderna vaccine also received CDC and FDA approvals.

Bourla Reminded His Followers of Pfizer’s Success

Bourla attached a throwback picture to the anniversary post. It was a photo of himself and other colleagues wearing face masks with “science will win” written across them. “This photo was taken moments after we received the good news from our R&D team, and you can see the smiles through our masks,” he wrote.

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Pfizer CEO and others are wearing face masks in a boardroom
Source: @Albertbourla / X

“As Aristotle said, ‘Our problem is not that we aim too high, and we miss. Our problem is that we aim too low and hit.’ We reached one moonshot with our #COVID19 vaccine, and now we want to reach more—because our patients are counting on us,” the CEO added.

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Vaccine Skeptics Don’t Remember Vaccines Fondly

It didn’t take long for Bourla’s post to gather a lot of impressions and also annoy a lot of anti-vaxxers. Including popular American swimmer Riley Gaines, who quoted the post and wrote, “The irony of masks that say ‘science will win’ hahahahaha. So proud of the effective vaccine that he turned the comments off.”

Anti-Vaccination placards
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Another vaccine skeptic, @FiveTimesAugust, wrote, “If science won Albert Bourla wouldn’t have to turn off his comments every time he posts.” 

The Post Triggered a Wave of Anger

Many other people also bombarded Albert Bourla for his post. Ryan Gerritson posted: “Because of individuals like this, the ‘science’ has lost all credibility.”

An anti-vaccination placard
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Stacy Phillips wrote: “Bourla has committed crimes against humanity with his genocide jab.” Other people on X accused Pfizer of heinous crimes and said the Pfizer vaccine was unsafe.

The CDC Closely Monitors COVID-19 Vaccines

When vaccines were being developed during the pandemic, they were strictly monitored to ensure they were safe for everyone. Also, the CDC continues to review the safety of the vaccines as they get updated over time.

A close-up of a microscope
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However, despite these efforts to assure people that the vaccines are safe, not everyone believes they are a good idea.

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Rumors Were Spread to Discourage People From Taking Pfizer Vaccines

In 2020, several posts were circulating on social media with claims that people who were administered the Pfizer vaccine were at risk of experiencing some serious side effects and even death. According to the posts, six people died during the vaccine’s clinical trial phase. 

An illustration of someone whispering in another person's ear
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Although six people indeed died during the trials, there was no link between the deaths and the vaccine. Also, there were 44,000 participants in the trials.

The Deaths Were Never Directly Linked to COVID-19 Vaccines

According to a statement from the FDA, “None of these deaths were assessed by the investigator as related to study intervention. All deaths represent events that occur in the general population of the age groups where they occurred, at a similar rate.”

A signpost of FDA
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This means that the people who died during the trials could have been from a number of several other factors.

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The Claims Against COVID-19 Vaccines Have Been False

Also, FactCheck.org, a non-profit website that verifies information in American politics, have classified claims by an anti-vaccine group, the Vaccine Damage Project, that the COVID-19 vaccines cause excessive deaths as false. 

Vials of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines
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Although the U.S. recorded a higher mortality rate between 2021 and 2022, they were linked to other factors such as motor vehicle accidents and drug overdose.

A Government Rep Misinterpreted The Data

According to the CDC, a majority of the 1.3 million excess deaths between February 2021 and April 2023 were caused by COVID-19.

Marjorie Taylor giving a speech
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Also, in May 2022, GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor posted a screenshot from an official FDA document about reactions to the Pfizer vaccine. She suggested that 1,223 people died as a result of the vaccine, which wasn’t what the document indicated.

The Pfizer Vaccine Hasn’t Been Proven to Cause Loss of Lives

The document acknowledged the death of 1,223 people after receiving the vaccines, but it was never verified that they died after receiving the vaccine. The FDA backed the Pfizer vaccine from accusations about it being contaminated.

CEO of Pfizer, Alber Bourla
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A representative of Pfizer said, “With over a billion doses of the mRNA vaccines administered, no safety concerns related to the sequence of, or amount of, residual DNA have been identified.”

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