Pfizer CEO’s Davos Appearance Spark Conspiracies And Fake News – Here’s Why 

The annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has generally been a breeding ground for conspiracy theories and hyperbole on the internet
Pfizer CEO Alberta Bourla
Pfizer CEO Alberta Bourla

Albert Bourla, the chief executive officer (CEO) of American pharma giant Pfizer, is presently attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos where his appearance has set off conspiracies and a barage of fake news on the internet.  

In a doctored video excerpt from last year’s WEF meeting, Bourla can be heard saying that his firm will help reduce world’s population by 50 per cent in 2023. In the actual video from 2022, that is available on WEF’s official page, Bourla claims that the number of people who cannot afford Pfizer’s medicines will be cut by 50 per cent in 2023.  

However, the video has gained traction on Twitter and other social media platforms where it’s being pushed as Bourla’s speech from this year’s WEF gathering. The fake video has also gathered retweets and quote tweets from several ‘blue tick’ accounts. 

The annual WEF meeting in Davos has generally been a breeding ground for conspiracy theories and hyperbole on the internet. This year, even the Twitter CEO Elon Musk had joined the conspiratorial bandwagon when he said that that the ‘S’ in WEF’s ESG (environmental, social, and governance) criteria stands for ‘Satanic’; adding fuel to the theory that the Davos meeting is a confluence point for the world’s elite who manipulate global events to further their own personal and business interests. 

The criticism of the annual Davos summit picked up drastically since 2020 when the agenda for WEF meeting was “Great Reset”—a reference to the worldwide impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Within the conspiracy circles that thrive online, the ‘great reset’ is seen as a malicious agenda by the world’s most powerful figures to take away individual sovereignty through forced lockdowns and mandatory vaccinations. 

What Did Bourla Actually Say This Time 

At the ongoing WEF Davos summit, Bourla was part of a panel that was discussing the world’s pandemic preparedness. The Pfizer CEO remarked that politicisation of vaccine delivery acts as a major obstacle for vaccine-makers. He says, “the biggest challenge... was the political challenge.” 

Moreover, he got into a tough situation with journalists outside the venue. While strolling the streets of Davos, Bourla was ambushed by journalists from Rebel News who asked him several difficult questions which he was not willing to discuss.  

In reply to questions on Pfizer’s refusal to acknowledge how its vaccine fails to prevent virus transmission, Bourla simply said, “Thank you very much, have a nice day.” The journalists claimed that they asked 29 questions and Bourla failed to answer even one.

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