Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced that he is leading an investigation into alleged Covid vaccine fraud. The attorney general will be investigating major pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for potential violations of the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
In an exclusive interview with The Post, Paxton revealed that he is looking into whether the pharmaceutical companies engaged in gain-of-function research and misled the public about it.
“The catastrophic effects of the pandemic and subsequent interventions forced on our country and citizens deserve intense scrutiny, and we are pursuing any hint of wrongdoing to the fullest,” Paxton said in a statement.
“This pandemic was a deeply challenging time for Americans,” he continued. “If any company illegally took advantage of consumers during this period or compromised people’s safety to increase their profits, they will be held responsible. If public health policy was developed on the basis of flawed or misleading research, the public must know.”
He also claimed that Big Pharma had a “vested interest” in the widespread distribution of its Covid-19 vaccines because it led to record profits.
“This vested interest … combined with reports about the alarming side effects of vaccines, demands aggressive investigation,” he continued.
The implementation of federal vaccine mandates “means this investigation into the scientific and ethical basis on which public health decisions were made is of major significance.”
Paxton is demanding that the aforementioned pharmaceutical companies hand over documents related to the “decision-making behind pandemic interventions forced on the public, especially when a profit motive or political pressure may have compromised Americans’ health and safety.”
This move by Texas could have significant implications for the legal immunity granted to the manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccines, potentially opening the door to class-action lawsuits from individuals who suffered rare but serious adverse effects from the mRNA jabs.
In late March, an Eastern District of Texas court dismissed the lawsuit of mRNA vaccine clinical trials supervisor Brook Jackson, who worked for Pfizer contractor Ventavia. Jackson had argued that Pfizer committed various types of fraud in its clinical trials and therefore, the pharmaceutical company should be subject to liability, particularly on behalf of the people of the United States.gov.uscourts.txed.203248.96.0
The investigation in Texas comes shortly after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called for a grand jury investigation into “crimes and wrongdoing committed against Floridians related to the COVID-19 vaccine.”
“The Biden administration and pharmaceutical corporations continue to push widespread distribution of mRNA vaccines on the public, including children as young as 6 months old, through relentless propaganda while ignoring real-life adverse events,” DeSantis office said in a statement in December.
“These risks include coagulation disorders, acute cardiac injuries, Bell’s palsy, encephalitis, appendicitis, and shingles,” the governor added.
DeSantis has appointed independent experts, such as Stanford University professor Jay Bhattacharya, to a new Public Health Integrity Committee tasked with examining adverse events from mRNA vaccines. DeSantis and his state Surgeon General, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, maintain that while the vaccines have been effective in protecting older and vulnerable individuals, the risks for younger people may have outweighed the benefits.