Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) cited the most recent undercover investigation released by Project Veritas (PV) in a letter to Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, and noted that, according to the PV video, Pfizer may be conducting gain-of-function research to mutate the COVID virus to create additional variants and vaccines to combat them for profit.
Rubio’s office noted that, in the PV exposé, Pfizer executive Jordon Trishton Walker claimed the drug company is considering the possibility of mutating the COVID virus itself via “directed evolution” in order to keep profiting off a continued stream of vaccines – which he later said would be a “cash cow” for the company.
“This type of research, similar to gain-of-function research, has long been controversial, and is suspected to be the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the press release from Rubio’s office stated Thursday.
Senator Rubio sends letter to @pfizer demanding answers on gain-of-function researchhttps://t.co/DvcgsYMEFw
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) January 26, 2023
In the letter to Bourla, Rubio, citing the undercover investigation, asserted:
As has been proven time and time again, attempts to mutate a virus, particularly one as potent as COVID, are dangerous. If the claims detailed in the video are true, Pfizer has put its desire for profit over the concern of national and global health and must hold itself accountable.
“Whether it’s gain of function research, or selected structure mutations through directed evolution, as Mr. Walker claimed would occur, any effort to make a virus more transmittable and deadlier is careless and dangerous,” the Florida senator wrote, adding:
Further, Mr. Walker stated that Pfizer is willing to engage in this dangerous research because COVID and its variants are “a cash cow” for the company and regulators will go easy on their efforts because a significant percentage of government officials aim to work for Pfizer and other biopharmaceutical companies and do not want to compromise their future job prospects.
BREAKING: @Pfizer Exploring "Mutating" COVID-19 Virus For New Vaccines
"Don't tell anyone this…There is a risk…have to be very controlled to make sure this virus you mutate doesn't create something…the way that the virus started in Wuhan, to be honest."#DirectedEvolution pic.twitter.com/xaRvlD5qTo
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) January 26, 2023
In the video in which Walker claims Pfizer is considering conducting “directed evolution” research, he goes on to explain to the PV journalist how Big Pharma and federal government regulatory agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), share an enmeshed relationship that is not in the best interests of the American people:
Walker: [Big Pharma] is a revolving door for all government officials.
PV Journalist: Wow.
Walker: In any industry though. So, in the pharma industry, all the people who review our drugs — eventually most of them will come work for pharma companies. And in the military, defense government officials eventually work for defense companies afterwards.
PV Journalist: How do you feel about that revolving door?
Walker: It’s pretty good for the industry to be honest. It’s bad for everybody else in America.
PV Journalist: Why is it bad for everybody else?
Walker: Because when the regulators reviewing our drugs know that once they stop regulating, they are going to work for the company, they are not going to be as hard towards the company that’s going to give them a job.
“As a company that claims to ‘innovate every day to make the world a healthier place,’ these claims from your leadership charged with research and development are alarming,” Rubio continued in his letter to Bourla, asking the Pfizer CEO to provide him with the following information:
- What efforts is Pfizer currently, or planning to, engage in to mutate the SARS-CoV-2 virus?
- Does Pfizer intend to continue mutating the SARS-CoV-2 virus through gain-of-function, or directed evolution research, with the purpose of creating new vaccines before the variant is present in the greater population?
- Has Pfizer engaged with federal officials engaged regarding their plans to oversee this research? Please provide the names and agencies for these individuals.
- What steps has Pfizer taken to ensure the mutated virus does not leak from the laboratory and infect the greater population?
- Has Pfizer engaged with other biopharmaceutical companies to collaborate on this research effort? Please list the entities that you have been in contact with.
- Will you commit to halting any future research that mutates the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine as substantial evidence has indicated that similar dangerous research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology very likely led to the initial emergence and global spread of the virus?
"Le escribo en respuesta a los preocupantes informes sobre la intención de @Pfizer de mutar el virus COVID a través de la ganancia de función,o 'evolución dirigida', según lo detallado por el Director de Investigación y Desarrollo de Pfizer, Jordan Walker", escribió el sen.Rubio. https://t.co/8VeLgXzWQ1
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) January 27, 2023
“As a leader in global public health and development of the COVID vaccine, with American taxpayer dollars, it is critical that Pfizer is accountable for their actions and be transparent with the public on the substance and intent of their research,” Rubio concluded.
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Susan Berry, PhD, is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Marco Rubio” by Gage Skidmore. . Background Photo “Pfizer World Headquarters” by Norbert Nagel. CC BY-SA 3.0.