Kansas AG Kobach suing COVID-19 vaccine maker Pfizer for alleged deceipt

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach is suing pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for allegedly deceiving Kansans about its COVID-19 vaccine. 

The complaint, filed in Thomas County District Court, alleges Pfizer concealed major safety concerns from the public, including myocarditis, failed pregnancies and deaths. 

“Pfizer concealed this critical safety information from the public,” the lawsuit argues.

“Pfizer made multiple misleading statements to deceive the public about its vaccine at a time when Americans needed the truth,” Kobach said in a Topeka press conference June 17 to announce the lawsuit.

Additionally, the lawsuit claims Pfizer lied about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in order to secure record company revenue of approximately $75 billion from COVID-19 vaccine sales in just two years.

Kobach alleges the company took advantage of Kansans’ fears of the virus, which were reinforced by social media censorship.

The state claims Pfizer’s false statements violate the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. Kobach is seeking an unspecified amount of money in damages. 

Pfizer argues the lawsuit has no merit, writing, “The representations made by Pfizer about its COVID-19 vaccine have been accurate and science-based.”

Still, a similar lawsuit against Pfizer was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in November, which remains pending. According to Kobach, other states are expected to join Kansas and Texas in taking action against Pfizer soon.

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