Former FDA Chief Worked With Twitter To Suppress COVID-19 Vax Tweets

A former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lobbied Twitter to sit on tweets that may have influenced people to skip the COVID-19 vaccine if they were previously infected.
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A former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lobbied Twitter to sit on tweets that may have influenced people to skip the COVID-19 vaccine if they were previously infected.

And in proving that the Washington swamp is thriving, Dr. Scott Gottlieb did so as a board member of Pfizer, which stood to make billions of dollars from vaccines whose effectiveness is now coming under increased scrutiny.

In the latest edition of the “Twitter Files,” journalist Alex Berenson, who was banned from Twitter for challenging the pro-vax, pro-lockdown narrative, revealed how Gottlieb sought to quietly silence critics of the mRNA vaccine.

The irony of Gottlieb’s campaign was that one of his targets was actually encouraging Americans to get vaccinated.

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According to Berenson, Gottlieb leaped into action in August 2021 when he saw “a tweet that might hurt sales of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccines.”

The author of the tweet was Dr. Brett Giroir, a doctor who was actually Gottlieb’s successor as leader of the FDA.

In his tweet, Giroir noted, “It’s now clear #COVID-19 natural immunity is superior to #vaccine immunity, by ALOT. There’s no science justification for #vax proof if a person had prior infection. @CDCDirector @POTUS must follow the science. If no previous infection? Get vaccinated!”

Gottlieb at the time was making $365,000 a year as a Pfizer board member, Berenson noted. He contacted a lobbyist named Todd O’Boyle, who happened to be Twitter’s point man with the White House. 

Gottlieb warned O’Boyle the tweet was “corrosive,” complaining that it was based on limited research. He was concerned that it  would “end up going viral and driving news coverage.”

The lobbyist passed along Gottlieb’s complaint, while, as Berenson noted, “failing to mention that Gottlieb was a Pfizer board member with a financial interest in pushing mRNA shots.” Twitter’s Strategic Response analyst determined the Giroir’s tweet “did not violate any of the company’s misinformation rules.”

Yet Twitter gagged it anyway, claiming it was “misleading.”

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Ironically, Twitter appended a link so people could “learn why health officials recommend a vaccine for most people” to a tweet from a health official who told people to “get vaccinated.”

But Gottlieb was not finished.

Berenson reported that a few days later, Gottlieb pushed Twitter to silence a tweet by Justin Hart, described by Berenson as a “lockdown and Covid vaccine skeptic.”

Hart had posted for his more than 100,000 followers, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but a viral pathogen with a child mortality rate of <>0% has cost our children nearly three years of schooling.”

“Why Gottlieb objected to Hart’s words is not clear,” Berenson said, “but the Pfizer shot would soon be approved for children 5 to 11, representing another massive market for Pfizer, if parents could be convinced Covid was a real threat to their kids.”

O’Boyle reached out again on behalf of the “former FDA Commissioner Gottlieb,” again without detailing Gottlieb’s work for Pfizer. “This time, though, Gottlieb’s complaint was so far afield that Twitter refused to act,” Berenson reported.

“Gottlieb,” Berenson wrote, “is not just a Pfizer board member.”

“He is one of seven members of the board’s executive committee and the head of its regulatory and compliance committee, which oversees ‘compliance with laws, regulations, and internal procedures applicable to pharmaceutical sales and marketing activities.’”

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