FDA los­es FOIA suit over Pfiz­er vac­cine doc­u­ments, must re­lease 55,000 pages per month

A dis­trict court in Texas will like­ly tie up the FDA’s FOIA of­fice for months, as the court ruled late Thurs­day that the agency must re­lease all doc­u­ments re­lat­ed to its re­view of Pfiz­er-BioN­Tech’s Covid-19 vac­cine.

The or­der from dis­trict judge Mark Pittman, hand­ed down late Thurs­day, notes that while the Court rec­og­nizes the “un­du­ly bur­den­some” chal­lenges that this FOIA re­quest may present to the FDA, there al­so “may not be” a more im­por­tant is­sue at the FDA right now than the pan­dem­ic, the Pfiz­er vac­cine, get­ting every Amer­i­can vac­ci­nat­ed, and mak­ing sure to the Amer­i­can pub­lic that the process was not rushed.

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