28 January, 2022

International bodies linked to government institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and Infarmed, for example, are responsible for mechanisms of advice, regulation, and tight control over the pharmaceutical and health industry. According to regulators, the focus is on the safety of people and on preventing conflicts with economic and financial interests, which should never override the health of citizens. However, the production of covid-19 vaccines has been criticized for the way the industry omits or delays the disclosure of data on clinical trials and pharmacovigilance monitoring of its products. An example of this is the decision by a US court in early January 2022 to order the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US drug regulator, to release public data on Pfizer’s vaccine in eight months instead of the 76 years the manufacturer said it would take, as reported by Reuters.