Pharma’s Public Pledge On COVID-19 Vaccines

Pharma’s Public Pledge On COVID-19 Vaccines

On Sept. 8, 2020, nine pharmaceutical companies working on COVID-19 vaccines signed a pledge saying they would not submit their experimental vaccines to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unless they were shown to be both safe and efficacious in the Phase 3 human clinical trials.1 2 3 4 5

The pledge, signed by the CEOs of AstraZeneca plc, BioNTech SE, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Johnson & Johnson, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Moderna, Inc., Novavax, Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Sanofi SA expressed the companies’ “on-going commitment to developing and testing potential vaccines for COVID-19 in accordance with high ethical standards and sound scientific principles” and promised that they would “always make the safety and well-being of vaccinated individuals our top priority.”1 2 3 4 5

The pledge was signed just two days after the results of a CBS News/YouGov poll of 2,493 registered U.S. voters were published showing that 65 percent of them were skeptical about the safety of any COVID-19 vaccine made available this year due to concerns about it being “rushed through without enough testing.” Pfizer’s CEO, Albert Bourla, indirectly referenced the poll (and other similar polls) as a reason for the pledge.5 6 7 Bourla said:

With increasing public concerns about the processes that we are using to develop these vaccines and even more importantly the processes that will be used to evaluate the vaccines, we thought it was critical to come out and reiterate our commitment.2

The CEOs said they believe the pledge will help “ensure public confidence in the rigorous scientific and regulatory process by which COVID-19 vaccines are evaluated and may ultimately be approved.”1

Public Trust in Pharma is Very Low

But how far, really, will the pledge go toward allaying public fears? Particularly given the appearance it was made out of self interest specifically to counteract plummeting public confidence. Also, it’s not like the American public’s trust and confidence in the pharmaceutical industry and government agency regulation and oversight is exactly stellar. In fact, a recent Gallup poll shows that public trust in biopharmaceutical companies is at an all-time low.8 9

According to the Gallup poll:

The pharmaceutical industry is now the most poorly regarded industry in Americans’ eyes, ranking last on a list of 25 industries that Gallup tests annually. Americans are more than twice as likely to rate the pharmaceutical industry negatively (58%) as positively (27%).9

Referencing the poll, an article in Biopharma Dive noted “the public sees the drug industry as falling short of its responsibility to society—a shortcoming severe and persistent enough to sap the public’s trust.”8

So why take the word of nine pharma CEOs whose companies stand to make billions of dollars in sales for years to come if their COVID-19 vaccines, which have been heavily subsidized by taxpayer dollars, are approved by the FDA and sold in the U.S.? Clearly, there is a huge financial incentive to say and do everything possible to encourage the American people to get over their fears and get vaccinated with these vaccines as soon as they become available.

Billions of Dollars at Stake With COVID-19 Vaccines

Analysts at investment bank  SVB Leerink of Boston, Massachusetts are projecting that Pfizer alone may earn $3.5 billion in sales from its COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 and $1.4 billion annually after that. SVB Leerink analysts said they “expect the virus to become endemic in the human population” and that their “current assumption is that vaccinees will need to be revaccinated every two years or so to maintain protective immunity.” They added, “We assumed high operating margin around 75%-80% initially, with minimal sales and marketing expense, which is different from other pharmaceutical products.”

Industry news website Fierce Pharma reported that profits for Pfizer from its COVID-19 vaccine (BNT162b2) could be significant “given the urgency among politicians and the general populous to put an end to the pandemic.10

The headline of a recent article in The New York Times reads “COVID-19 Vaccines Offer Drug Makers Chance at Salvation, Financial and Beyond.” The article opens, “Big profits beckon for pharmaceutical companies, which are already using their work on vaccines to fight efforts in Washington to curb drug prices.” It cites a sales estimate of $20 billion for COVID-19 vaccines in the first year they are introduced.11 The article continues:

For a long time, drug makers have been the most hated industry in America. Companies are blamed for gouging prices on lifesaving drugs and enriching themselves through the opioid crisis, among other sins. Now, with pharmaceutical companies racing to find vaccines to end the coronavirus pandemic, the industry is hoping to redeem itself in the public’s mind.11

This reads more like a plea and cautionary warning than a glowing vote of confidence in the moral integrity of a wealthy and politically powerful industry that is pledging it will abide by “high ethical standards and sound scientific principles” in its development of COVID-19 vaccines. So it is not unreasonable to say that this sudden statement committing to ethical behavior rings a little hollow.


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15 Responses to "Pharma’s Public Pledge On COVID-19 Vaccines"

  1. JennyMurdock   October 24, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Unless they make it legal to sue pharmaceutical companies for damage or death caused by vaccines, I won’t believe a single word that comes out of their lying mouths.

    Why don’t they promise to not put aborted fetal cells in vaccines too? After reading about what Planned Parenthood did with the undercover investigation and how abhorrent and gruesome these companies are that use babies born alive for their disgusting “research”, I don’t trust any of them!

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    • HSMOM   October 26, 2020 at 11:28 pm

      Amen! I recently read that Sanofi Pasteur is removing aborted fetal cells/tissue from the manufacturing of their vaccine lines and is working on a SARS V2 vaccine without aborted fetal cells. It is a start and if vaccines are mandated it is at least an ethical choice.

      Soundchoice.org is a wonderful site to gain insight on the concerns of aborted fetal tissue in the manufacturing of vaccines and biologic medications like (G-CSF cancer), (Abciximab/ReoPro-blood thinner), (rhFVI, Nuwiq, Eloctate -Hemophilia) (Enbrel-Arthritis) and many more plus skincare products.
      Dr. Deisher Soundchoice.org has a breakdown of the vaccines/medications that contain DNA fragments and alternatives if available. Click the blue “Vaccines” button.

      This link may work also. https://cogforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/vaccineListOrigFormat.pdf

      Link for COVID19 vaccines https://cogforlife.org/wp-ontent/uploads/vaccineListOrigFormat.pdf Within this link, Dr. Deisher has links stating that there are two types of “Regeneron” one morally made and the other with fetal cells so maybe the president did not receive the Regeneron with aborted cells. I hope not!

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      • JennyM   October 29, 2020 at 3:49 pm

        People don’t think of this too, that using aborted human fetal cells is a form of cannibalism. Why do people blindly trust these people, they could put anything in the shots and people would just bend over and take them.

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  2. Tessa Parish   October 26, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks Trump for pushing its development at warp speed just to get elected and thanks for giving them 12 Billion dollars to make it and committing to buy 300 Million doses. He loves big pharma. He just says he doesn’t to pander to the anti vaxers. He won’t make it mandatory because NO has made it mandatory on a federal level. He will just tell the states to comply. People think he is our friend but he is not. We need to start educating on a massive scale the dangers of the flu shot for starters.

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  3. Tessa Parish   October 26, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    on previous comment. it was supposed to say 1.2 Billion not 12 billion.

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  4. Pam Gerry   October 26, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I wonder why they don’t make this pledge regarding all vaccines manufactured?

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  5. Gary Brown   October 26, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Since 1977, the year I was discharged from the Marine Corps, I have not received ANY vaccinations and the funny thing is, I never become ill, I do not get colds, flu or any other of the common “diseases” that tend to go around year after year among those who do get vaccinated. Humm, I wonder if there is a cause and effect relationship between vaccinations and disease???

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  6. Kimberly   October 26, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Ummm, LIES! Didn’t someone just DIE in a trial and yet AstraZeneca trials continue?

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  7. Tom   October 26, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    No way will I ever fall for this fake nonsense. I will never trust any vaccine. When they decide to rescind the exception clause and accept full responsibility for their garbage vaccines, maybe a pledge would be worth a plug nickle or two. How can anyone trust these pharma bozos when they can’t be held accountable for any problems with vaccines. Shame on Congress for being bribed by pharma. We the people should come first, not endless profits at any cost for pharma.

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  8. Bob   October 26, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    No vaccine will end Corona virus just like no vaccine will end the flu. All lies. Big pharmacy has yet to lobby Congress to end the liability immunity they asked for and received in 1986. Instead they lobbied for greater increases in the vaccine schedule for children and got it. More and more liability-free vaccine$$$$$.

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  9. Rose   October 26, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Until we get the money out of politics we will not be free of the control Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big Data, Big Oil.

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  10. Connie offutt   October 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Let them reverse this immunity from being sued before I would even consider the possibility of a vaccine. These fast tracked covid 19 vaccines are horrible So many have died or been given lifelong troubles from these vaccines in these trials. They have never been tested on animals which is always a must when making vaccines.Let’s not have a big publicity push for these vaccines because they’re inherently not acceptable and no one should take them.

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  11. Christine   October 27, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Uh save your pledge and give up indemnity

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  12. CAWS   October 27, 2020 at 8:26 am

    So unless you trust SERIAL CONVICTED FELONS to be in charge of your health please stand up and fight! Look up the billions in fines these companies have paid on other drugs they have pushed on the public. Why would you trust them? They have no liability at all on vaccines. There are billions of dollars on the line here and they have no conscious.

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  13. Colorado   November 27, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    https://www.circleofdocs.com/harvard-trained-immunologist-demolishes-california-legislation-that-terminates-vaccine-exemptions/

    This is one of the most educational 2.5 hour lectures on vaccine safety from a qualified individual I have ever seen. Worth the watch. I’m super impressed with this lady. NVIC should link up with her and give her some writing platforms and do an interview with her.

    _____________ This is the letter I attached to my pals, while forwarding this link. (in case you want a color filled synopsis and don’t have time to listen and read it all.)

    Vaccination stops gained immunity through the womb and breastfeeding, and creates a higher potential for rampant spread, than as if there was no vaccine in the first place. There are high response and low response individuals, based on genetic and environmental factor. Most people who get vaccines are low response. Eventually rendering them susceptible again, and more susceptible than if they would have just caught something like measles naturally and developed permanent natural immunity. We knew this all along too, vaccines wain and wax, and never result in a similar measure of immunity as natural illness. And on top of that they are more likely to cause more serious conditions if you do catch these things, especially later in life.

    I don’t think she touched on how these activities from vaccines are what causes immunocompromised conditions in the first place. That’s another inconvenient fact about vaccines, persons whom take them have much higher probabilities of lifelong chronic conditions and those conditions are directly related to the quantity of vaccines you take. The more vaccines taken, the higher the probability for lifelong chronic conditions. There is no such thing as a safe vaccine. All you do as a parent when you vaccinate is test your childs immune system. You poison them on purpose and they survive. It does not mean the vaccine is ‘safe and effective’. Bodies need a long time to heal after vaccine exposure, like a literal lifetime with no more vaccines so eventually the body can heal, get better, and salvage what is left of their immune system which is not already pre occupied with dealing with the effects of the vaccines so long ago.

    Called it again. That’s what I do.

    Opting out on principal has it’s benefits. Lies are more common than the truth from these big corps lately. I’m watching the last 10 min of this now but it’s worth the share and worth the watch. It’s a tough and tiring watch but you can learn a lot. From an actual qualified individual. That’s a lot different than a for sale politician trying to shove this medical product into your life by force of government mandate. Also quite different from a company man doctor who’s job depends on him supporting the vaccine narrative. I’ve met people whom deal with homeopathic doctors, and perhaps it is time we seriously look into sourcing one of those ourselves. Insurance never covers them though, you always have to pay cash. Insurance companies and doctors are not there to make us better, they are there to treat us like customers, and the longer we can remain customers, the more profitable we are to them. It’s not a mystery and it does not take a rocket science to see why the massive hospital insurance pharmaceutical industrial complex refuses to hear the voice of reason on these topics. Who would be eager to lay off half their workforce? It’s up to us as free market participators to set them straight. Voting with our feet and our dollars. Even if they appear to be ‘free’, vaccines always cost someone and are one of the most profitable items a hospital can promote.

    And wow, grass fed cow butter is a big difference from feed lot cows. Wow, I’ll have to check to see what type I’m getting and switch if possible. We can’t afford the grass fed beef but I’d bet we could at least swap to the grass fed butter.

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