Hiltzik: Out of Texas, more disinformation

Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, has recently filed a lawsuit charging Pfizer Inc. with misrepresenting the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine and attempting to censor public discussion about it. However, there are falsehoods packed into the lawsuit that have been refuted by state Health department statistics. This lawsuit, combined with earlier statements made by Paxton, suggests that he is trying to maintain his extreme right-wing cred, especially after being acquitted by the state Senate on corruption and bribery charges. Paxton’s claims about the COVID-19 vaccine and its efficacy have been refuted by studies and evidence, such as the dramatically lower death rates experienced by vaccinated individuals compared to unvaccinated individuals, and studies calculating the number of hospitalizations and deaths prevented by the vaccine. It is unclear what Paxton’s purpose is in challenging the effectiveness of vaccines, but his lawsuit targeting Pfizer and the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna appears to be grounded in disputed claims and anti-vaccine rhetoric.

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