Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has not been arrested for vaccine data fraud

11 November 2021
What was claimed

Pfizer CEO Dr Albert Bourla was arrested on 5 November and held in custody for deceiving customers on the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Our verdict

There is no evidence to support this. Dr Bourla has been seen on television multiple times since, and a Pfizer spokesperson told Full Fact he has not been arrested.

A blog post from 6 November on the “The Truth is Where” website claims that Pfizer chairman and chief executive officer Dr Albert Bourla was arrested on the morning of 5 November at his home in Scarsdale, New York on fraud charges for “his role in deceiving customers on the effectiveness of the Covid-19 ‘vaccine’”. The article claims that he was then held in custody awaiting a bail hearing. The claim seems to originate from an article on the Conservative Beaver, a Canadian website.

There is no evidence to support this claim. A Pfizer spokesperson has told Full Fact the claim is false and said: “Dr Bourla has not been arrested”. 

In addition, a search of federal and Westchester county (where Scarsdale is located)  prisons returns no results under his name, and a search of PACER, a database of federal court records, by US fact checkers Politifact didn’t find any criminal complaints involving Dr Bourla

Furthermore Dr Bourla appeared on television multiple times on 5 November, and on 6 November. He has also posted on social media in the following days, most recently on 9 November.

This claim has also been fact checked and found to be false by Forbes, USA Today and Politifact

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because there is no evidence to support the claim that Dr Bourla has been arrested and held in custody for deceiving customers on the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines. He has been seen on television multiple times since, and a Pfizer spokesperson has said that this is a “false claim”.

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