Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for records about its subagency Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) research into COVID-19 boosters (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:22-cv-00730)).
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after HHS failed to respond to an August 23, 2021, FOIA request for:
All data and studies submitted by Pfizer and BioNTech to the FDA, including but not limited to BARDA, relating to “booster” vaccinations for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The BARDA agency has been heavily involved with the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to its website:
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) provides an integrated, systematic approach to the development of the necessary vaccines, drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools for public health medical emergencies such as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) accidents, incidents and attacks; pandemic influenza (PI), and emerging infectious diseases (EID).
“The American people deserve to know the data about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, especially data hidden by little known but powerful government agencies such as BARDA,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.