Judicial Watch, the conservative legal watch group, has filed a new complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia this week against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to compel compliance with public records laws after the agency has failed to disclose government emails related to COVID vaccines’ adverse events.
Allegation: US Government Violating FOIA
The complaint says that on December 1, 2019, Judicial Watch submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for “all emails sent to and from members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee regarding adverse events, deaths and/or injuries caused by investigatory vaccines for the prevention or treatment of SARS-CoV-2 and/or COVID-19 currently produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and/or Johnson & Johnson.”
As of March 9, the date of the complaint filing, HHS has failed to comply with the request or provide a reason why it has not produced any requested records, according to the complaint.
“Defendant is in violation of FOIA,” reads the complaint.
Judicial Watch is one of a number of news organizations and research groups which have complained to the courts about the slow pace of disclosure by HHS, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and other government bodies involved in the pandemic response.
Previous FOIA Controversies
Documents turned over pursuant to FOIA requests have previously revealed serious controversies about, for example, the credibility of allegations that COVID was a man-made virus that emerged from U.S.-funded, gain-of-function experiments in Wuhan, China, and other allegations that COVID vaccine-related adverse events are more prominent than publicly reported by government agencies or vaccine manufacturers have acknowledged.
Pfizer is currently under a court order to release tens of thousands of pages of documents related to its vaccine development after the federal government initially attempted to delay disclosures for up to 75 years.