Published 27 November 2022 at 17.27
Foreign. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla is stung by a British regulatory authority for misleading comments about corona vaccination for children. It reports The Telegraph.
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In an interview with the BBC in December, Albert Bourla claimed that there is “no doubt that the benefits are entirely in favor” of vaccinating children between the ages of 5 and 11 against covid-19.
– We know that the vaccine works very well in younger children, he continued.
The Pfizer CEO's actions in the media were subsequently reported to the PMCPA, the British regulatory authority for prescription medicine. Behind the notification was UsForThem, an organization that claims to fight for children's rights in connection with the pandemic,
“There is simply no evidence that the SARS COV-2 virus would pose any significant risk to healthy school children in UK. To suggest this is the case is shamefully misleading,” writes UsForThem.
An appeal panel appointed by the PMCPA has found that Pfizer breached the code of conduct by misleading the public, making unsubstantiated claims and by not present information in a factual and balanced way, writes the Telegraph.
However, the pharmaceutical giant has objected that there is nothing problematic about the CEO's comments. They claim that what Albert Bourla said is based on “current scientific evidence”.
In Sweden, the Public Health Authority stopped recommending corona vaccines for children under 18 years of age as of November this year. The reason is “the very low risk of serious illness and death from covid-19 in children and young people”, according to the authority. Only children in special groups with increased sensitivity to covid-19 are offered vaccination against the disease.