Pfizer CEO calls those who disseminate false vaccine information 'criminals'

"They have literally lost millions of people," Albert Bourla said in an interview with the Atlantic Council.


Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla says people who spread false information about the Covid-19 vaccine are "criminals".

In a separate interview Tuesday with the Atlantic Council, an international news research center, Bourla criticized a "very small" number of experts who "deliberately disseminated, deliberately, false information to mislead those concerned."

“Those people are criminals. They are not bad people - they are criminals. Because they have literally lost millions of people, ”he said.

Bourla compared the vaccinated and those who were reluctant to vaccinate, saying, "They are both scared."

Pfizer seeks approval for adult booster

NOV. 10, 202101: 57

"Those who get the vaccine are afraid of the disease and believe that because people do not get vaccinated they increase the risk of developing it," said Bourla.

"Those who do not get the vaccine are afraid of the vaccine, and they are crazy about the people who are pressuring them to get it," he said, adding that they are "decent, timid people." , and I understand you. "

"Those people are criminals. They are not bad people - they are criminals. Because they have really killed millions of people."

Bourla, a Greek-speaking man, spoke of his background as the son of a Holocaust survivor who rose to prominence in the country's most lucrative pharmaceutical companies.

Bourla spoke on the progress of last year's Covid company policy, remembering that former President Donald Trump would be in direct contact with him about speeding up the process.

“He would come to me and ask how we were doing and if there was anything he could do to help us speed up, etc., etc. I told her nothing, nothing, ”Bourla said.

He told Trump, "I just need to let my people work without worrying about politics."

“And, finally, we did it. We brought it in early, and I know President Trump would like to see you before the election, ”he said. "It came after the election, it has nothing to do with politics. Of course, that was the speed of science. "

Bourla predicted that Covid vaccine improvements would be needed every year, but said he saw an end to the epidemic: "I think we believe life will return to the way we knew it before."

Pfizer asked the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to authorize booster shooting for anyone 18 years of age and older. Bourla was scheduled to receive the Atlantic Council Honored Business Leadership Award on Wednesday, along with the founders and executives of BioNTech.

Late last month, Pfizer won an approval for emergency use from the FDA in children’s doses of its Covid vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, which allows more than 28 million people in the US to be vaccinated.

And last week, Pfizer announced that a combination of antiretroviral therapy and antiretroviral therapy reduced Covid-19 seizures and death by 89 percent, according to an unpublished temporary analysis.

Bourla said in a statement last week that if approved, treatment "could end up in nine out of ten hospitalizations."