Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on Thursday against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for “unlawfully misrepresenting the effectiveness of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine and attempting to censor public discussion of the product.”
In a press release, the attorney general’s office alleged that Pfizer had, in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, engaged in “false, deceptive, and misleading acts and practices by making unsupported claims regarding the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.”
Pfizer stated that the vaccine had possessed a 95 percent efficacy rate, which was “highly misleading.”
“Pfizer’s widespread representation that its vaccine possessed 95% efficacy against infection was highly misleading from day one. That number was only ever legitimate in a solitary, highly technical, and artificial way—it represented a calculation of the so-called ‘relative risk reduction’ for vaccinated individuals in Pfizer’s then-unfinished pivotal clinical trial,” the lawsuit states.