At the end of January this year, the U.S. non-governmental organization “Truth Project” released wild information. A man accused of working in Pfizer’s R&D department admitted in a video that Pfizer was “guiding the evolution” of a variant of the new coronavirus.
Public opinion at home and abroad was in an uproar. Fox News host Tucker Carlson compared Pfizer’s behavior to Frankenstein. Pfizer subsequently responded that the company did not conduct functional gain and directed evolution research in the development of the new crown vaccine.
Judging from the current information, there are still quite a few loopholes in the revelation about Pfizer this time, which is not enough to support the actual accusation against it. There is a world of difference in “making a virus” in . But this does not prevent the video from gaining more than 40 million views on American social media, which shows the American people’s distrust of Pfizer.
Pagoda, Coke and Viagra
As top pharmaceutical company, Pfizer has been in the limelight in the new crown epidemic. Data analysis experts predict that from 2021 to 2028, the new crown specific drug Paxlovid alone will bring more than $80 billion in revenue to the company.
From a chemical factory to a pharmaceutical company with the largest sales of prescription drugs in the world, blood and arrogance are indelible marks in Pfizer’s development. Using children as testing tools and relying on vaccines to implement hegemony… The cries of the victims are obscured by the halo of Pfizer’s top pharmaceutical company; it is almost impossible for the groups persecuted by Pfizer to have the energy and financial resources to contend with such a behemoth.
Looking back at Pfizer’s fortune history, perhaps it corresponds to what Marx said, when capital comes to the world, dirty blood drips from every pore.
In 1849, in Brooklyn, New York, a double-story red brick house rose from the ground. Along with the black smoke rising from the factory chimneys, there are also the American dreams of Pfizer and Erhart, young German immigrants chasing wealth. The cousins, who are only in their 20s, are older brother Earhart who is a confectioner and younger brother Pfizer who is an apprentice pharmacist. With $2,500 borrowed, they started a company named after their brother.
At the beginning of its establishment, Pfizer focused on chemical production, but it was candy that allowed the brothers to earn their first pot of gold. Intestinal parasites that are difficult to eliminate are one of the most painful memories of Americans in the 19th century. The deworming drug “Sandao Nian” produced by Pfizer is very effective, but it cannot be sold because the taste is too bitter.
To this end, Erhardt, a confectioner by training, mixed almond taffy with Sandonian and shaped it into a pagoda. The good-tasting and curative Shandao Niantang became a hit and was imitated by various countries one after another. Today, the pagoda candy in the childhood memory of the “post-80s” and “post-90s” in China is essentially Sandao Nian candy.
In the 1880s, new carbonated beverages such as Coca-Cola came out one after another and became popular in the United States. As the leading citric acid manufacturer in the United States, Pfizer has become an important partner of these companies; in the 1920s, Pfizer developed a technique to produce citric acid by fermentation, which greatly reduced costs and increased production, which also made it almost Monopolized the citric acid market and became one of the most important technical supporters behind Coca-Cola’s conquest of the world.
In 1942, Pfizer used deep tank fermentation technology to achieve mass production of penicillin. While saving the lives of countless Allied soldiers, it also received rich returns. In 1944, 90% of the penicillin carried by the Allied forces during the Normandy landing was produced by Pfizer; in 1945, the penicillin produced by Pfizer accounted for more than half of the global penicillin production; in the following year, Pfizer’s sales reached 43 million Dollar, Pfizer, having tasted the sweetness, began to focus more on the pharmaceutical field.
In the following decades, Pfizer has successively developed sildenafil (commonly known as “Viagra”) for the treatment of male dysfunction, the well-known antihypertensive drug “Norvas”, and the world’s best-selling prescription anti-inflammatory drug Piropecone, etc. “Burst” drugs. Take Sildenafil, which was launched in 1998 as an example. In that year, 200,000 doctors from 40 countries wrote 7 million prescriptions for 3 million patients and successfully sold 50 million tablets.
Human body test drug tragedy
If Pfizer’s story ends here, it is just a cliché legend of ordinary companies stepping on the trend of the times one after another, and finally creating a business kingdom.
But reality is often more tense than drama. For people who love Coke and need sildenafil, Pfizer may mean joy, but for some children in Nigeria, the word Pfizer represents endless suffering.
In December 2000, the “Washington Post” published a series of investigative reports, exposing Pfizer’s evil deeds of using children to “test drugs” in Nigeria. Back in the 1990s, a broad-spectrum antibacterial drug called “Trofen” was placed in front of Pfizer’s executives-compared with similar products, Trofen has excellent bactericidal effect. amount will be as high as $1 billion.
An experimental report awakened Pfizer’s dream: In animal experiments, researchers found side effects such as severe liver damage and cartilage abnormalities, which means that it is difficult for Trofen to pass the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
In order to demonstrate the efficacy of the new drug and promote its faster review, Pfizer has set its sights on Nigeria, where the epidemic is rampant. In February 1996, a Pfizer medical team arrived at the Kano Infectious Diseases Hospital in northern Nigeria. Malaria, measles, and cholera were common diseases in the Kano area. At that time, epidemic meningitis broke out, and many patients who died had no place to bury them.
In the eyes of the local people, the Pfizer team with excellent equipment and sufficient medicines is like a “savior”. The latter also declared to the local “Doctors without Borders” that he was here to help fight the epidemic. Simple Nigerian people have not yet understood that there has never been a savior in this world. The group of people in white coats in front of them are not angels in white, but demons who bring life-long suffering to their children.
According to the “Washington Post” report, Pfizer found about 200 children infected with meningitis. Group A took Pfizer’s new drug Trofen, which has not yet been approved, and group B took ceftriaxone, a commonly used antibiotic in the world.
Before taking the drug, Pfizer did not inform the parents of the child. One survivor, Bello, said the uses and risks of the drug were never explained to his mother. “I was paralyzed shortly after taking the medicine, and we didn’t even leave the hospital at that time.” Not long after, Bello’s mother learned from him that her son was taking the experimental medicine.
What is even more cruel is that in order to highlight the effect of Trofen, Pfizer only took the 100mg/kg dose of the drug on the first day of the group B patients, and then the dosage was greatly reduced to 33mg/kg, which is far lower than the conventional clinical standard . During the three-week “treatment”, children continued to die. Even when the children in group A were critically ill, the Pfizer team did not change the drugs, watching death take one young life after another from their hands.
According to statistics, Pfizer’s trip to Africa resulted in 11 deaths and 181 disabilities of varying degrees. The Pfizer team, who were afraid of the scandal, fled away after destroying a large number of records, leaving the victims struggling and crying.
The irony is that even though the dangers of Toprofen have been known for a long time, Pfizer still allowed the drug to pass the approval of the FDA and the European Union in 1997 and 1998, and it was ordered to be taken off the shelves after more than 2 years of sales.
It was not until 2007 that Nigeria formally filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, claiming $2 billion. During the trial, Pfizer denied most of the allegations, claiming that the drug had received “verbal permission” from parents. As for reducing the dose, a Pfizer spokesperson argued sophistry: “The ceftriaxone injection is very painful. The complete injection process takes a few seconds, and children don’t like needles.” After nearly two years of long litigation, Pfizer finally settled for
7,500 million US dollars, reached a settlement with the government of Kano State, Nigeria. This is a far cry from the amount that the latter originally claimed.
In 2010, WikiLeaks revealed evidence that Pfizer disclosed during a meeting with U.S. officials that it hired private investigators to collect evidence of corruption against the Nigerian Attorney General in order to put pressure on him to drop the charges. To this day, there are still media suspicions that the greatly reduced compensation may be related to Pfizer’s “outside the market”.
Creating deep fear of vaccines
Although the compensation has been delivered, the bad influence of Pfizer’s trial drug in Nigeria continues to this day. Pfizer conducted human trials abroad but was not punished as it should be. Once this incident was reported, it seemed to open a Pandora’s box, attracting a large number of imitators from the pharmaceutical industry.
A 2008 article by Forbes pointed out that under pressure to reduce research costs and obtain fast approvals, pharmaceutical companies conducted 43 percent of their clinical trials abroad, up from 14 percent a decade earlier; Will rise to 65% within 3 years.
At the same time, Pfizer’s drug testing in Nigeria has created a deep rift between pharmaceutical giants and even European and American health institutions and the public. As mentioned above, European and American netizens spontaneously spread the video “exposing” Pfizer’s “guided evolution” of the new coronavirus variant, which is an example.
It is easy to break the thief in the mountain, but difficult to break the thief in the heart. Belinda Azibang, assistant professor of economics at Barnard College, Columbia University, wrote that Pfizer’s 1996 experiment in Nigeria is an important reason why many people question vaccines today. An article published on the website of the Philadelphia College of Physicians stated that only 23% of the population in Africa has been fully vaccinated against the new crown vaccine. The root cause of Africans’ hesitation and fear of vaccination is the disaster caused by Pfizer in 1996.
During the pandemic of the new crown epidemic, Pfizer still did not put away its greedy nature. In October 2021, the “Washington Post” published an article stating that Pfizer had signed a secret vaccine contract with the governments of Latin America. , occupying considerable room for maneuver.
In addition, the government must promise that information such as the content of the contract, the vaccination process of the vaccine, and subsequent efficacy testing will not be made public. The article denounced Pfizer for “putting the company’s interests above public health,” but under the pressure of the epidemic, these countries had to accept Pfizer’s bullying.
There is nothing wrong with the rational pursuit of profits by capital, but while Pfizer advertises itself as “bringing positive changes to the world and benefiting countless patients”, it has repeatedly been exposed to scandals because of its excessive desire for wealth, which makes people sigh.
”I hope that people in the world will be free from disease, so why not put medicine on the shelf to make dust.” In a society where money never sleeps, companies like Pfizer that use the epidemic to make a lot of money may never understand the profound meaning of this old Chinese saying .