When confronted with questions about the alleged use of fetal cell lining as the company developed its COVID vaccine, an apparent high-level Pfizer official refused to reply, opting to run away instead.
“Why did you send emails telling Pfizer employees not to report that you guys were using fetal cell lining, miss?” Project Veritas reporter James Lalino asked a woman identified by the conservative group as Vanessa Gelman, Pfizer’s senior director of worldwide research, development and medical communications.
The woman did not respond in the video. Instead. she could be seen running away from Lalino toward a house.
“What else are you hiding from the public today?” Lalino added. “Miss, what else are you hiding from the public? The public needs to know.”
He never did end up receiving a response, as the woman ran into the house and slammed the door.
Video of the confrontation came after Project Veritas obtained emails from Melissa Strickler, an internal whistleblower who said she got them from a Pfizer server.
In the emails, Pfizer officials appear to acknowledge the use of fetal cell lining in the company’s development of its vaccine.
“HEK293T cells, used for the IVE assay, are ultimately derived from an aborted fetus,” a person identified as Philip Dormitzer, Pfizer’s chief scientific officer, said in one email.
“On the other hand, the Vatican doctrinal committee has confirmed that they consider it acceptable for Pro-Life believers to be immunized. Pfizer’s official statement couches the answer well and is what should be provided in response to an outside inquiry.”
In another email, an individual identified as Gelman urged caution when it came to discussing the fetal cell lining issue.
“From the perspective of corporate affairs, we want to avoid having the information on fetal cells floating out there,” the email read.
“The risk of communicating this right now outweighs any potential benefit we could see, particularly with general members of the public who may take this information and use it in ways we may not want out there. We have not received any questions from policy makers or media on this issue in the last few weeks, so we want to avoid raising this if possible,” the email added.
Gelman allegedly emphasized the secretive communications strategy again in another message.
“We have been trying as much as possible to not mention the fetal cell lines…One or more cell lines with an origin that can be traced back to human fetal tissue has been used in laboratory tests associated with the vaccine program,” that email said.