As you well know, the infamous COVID vaccines are rather controversial for several reasons. For starters, it’s not been strictly proven that they actually do anything to prevent a person from getting COVID or even having less or more mild symptoms. Hell, it doesn’t even prevent someone from dying from COVID.
But another major reason there is so much talk about the vaccines is that there have been more than a few side effects reported. For the most part, only the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have had such bad luck, which are the most popular and commonly injected.
In fact, in the case of the Pfizer vaccines, they have now been banned for some 2.8 billion people – and that’s just the most recent news.
Like just about every other country in the world, India wants to make sure its people are getting the treatments and medication they need, particularly in a time when public health is at risk. And so, when the vaccines came out, they willingly accepted applications for various drug-making companies, including Pfizer, to begin handing out their supposedly life-saving products.
However, India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, similar to our FDA, was overly cautious about the vaccines, especially after hearing that side effects and rather serious ones were being reported in other nations that had accepted similar applications.
Therefore, according to Reuters, India demanded that Pfizer conduct a safety and efficacy study in the nation.
According to minutes from an early February meeting by the group, “The committee noted that incidents of palsy, anaphylaxis, and other SAEs (serious adverse events) have been reported during post-marketing and the casualty of the events with the vaccine is being investigated.”
As you might have heard, some of those other SAEs include serious heart conditions such as myocarditis and pericarditis, which involve the swelling of the heart itself or the lining around it, respectively. Most notably, this seems to be common in younger men and teens.
Of course, seeing how Pfizer’s vaccines had been accepted in other countries such as the United States, they tried to get out of having to do the study, claiming that they had already performed studies in other nations, and their products were found to be safe and effective.
Pfizer wrote in response, “Given our exclusive priority to government supply, we look forward to a confirmation from the government on necessary supplies, (on the) basis (of) which we will take the regulatory process forward, as we have done across the world.”
And if that wasn’t bad enough, in meetings with India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization set up to discuss the application at more length, Pfizer officials didn’t even show. Naturally, this only gives India even more reason to possibly reject it.
However, before they could do so, Pfizer said in a statement that they had decided to “withdraw the application at this time.” Perhaps they don’t want their vaccine to be under a microscope for long and by those who aren’t in any way biased to show them a favor, as the political left in the U.S. is.
Or perhaps they have, as their announcement said, come to understand that there is “additional information that the regulator may need” and, therefore, are simply withdrawing the application until such time that information can be acquired.
In either case, it doesn’t exactly bode well for the company or the future of its COVID vaccines.
Neither does the fact that China, a nation of some 1.45 billion, has never accepted Pfizer’s vaccines, according to Bloomberg. However, it has approved another of the company’s drugs, Paxlovid, designed to be taken by those at a higher risk of serious COVID symptoms.
Still, for the vaccine, both of these nations, with a combined population of some 2.8 billion people, have kept Pfizer out in the cold.
It’s important to point out that this is on top of nations like Denmark and Norway, who have warned their people against the company’s vaccines, more specifically the second dose, as it is after this dose when conditions like myocarditis and others have been noticed and reported.
And yet, they wonder why people don’t want to be forced to vaccinate…