Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed its true colors and the game it plays with the public regarding Covid-19 vaccines.

As noted in a prior legal update, ICAN asked the FDA to lift the redaction of an undisclosed ingredient in the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.  The FDA refused.  ICAN was therefore forced to file a formal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in order to have the redaction lifted.  Only after this formal filing and public pressure – 15 days later – did the FDA produce to ICAN’s attorneys unredacted documents which reveal that the “proprietary” ingredient the FDA hid from the public was water.

The FDA literally, until today, took the position that it had to hide from the public the existence of “water” in the Pfizer vaccine because this fact was a “trade secret” or “confidential commercial or financial information.”

In revealing this ingredient, what the FDA revealed more than anything is the manner in which it conducts itself.  If it tries to hide the existence of “water” in the Pfizer vaccine from the public, what else is it seeking to hide from the public?  And what measures does the FDA take when it seeks to hide from the public information that is truly damaging to its interests or reputation?

The FDA has repeatedly assured the public that it will provide transparency for any Covid-19 vaccine it approves.  That promise is inconsistent with its actions to date, including the above.  ICAN will continue to act as a watchdog over the FDA and its sister agencies.