The Texas attorney general has initiated legal action against Pfizer, alleging that the pharmaceutical company misrepresented the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccines. The lawsuit further accuses Pfizer of using social media to intimidate and silence critics. In response, Pfizer has stated that the case lacks merit and maintains that its representations of COVID-19 vaccines are accurate and science-based. Some social media users are expressing support for the lawsuit.
Risk level: High
Recommendation: Social media posts about this lawsuit emphasize a common theme: The false claim that vaccines don’t work. These narratives may discourage patients from getting the updated COVID-19 vaccine and doctors can expect questions about COVID-19 vaccine efficacy. Talking points may emphasize that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy has been rigorously studied, and that data from the Health and Human Services Department of the state of Texas shows that at every stage of the pandemic and among every age group, vaccinated Texans experienced lower death rates from COVID-19 than the unvaccinated. Staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines reduces the risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization, death, and long COVID.