Do COVID-19 'vaccines' prevent infection and the transmission of the virus to others?

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Dear Therapeutic Goods Administration,

The TGA makes this statement in the Provisional Approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 'vaccine':

"COMIRNATY has been shown to prevent COVID-19 however it is not yet known whether it prevents transmission or asymptomatic disease."

A similar statement is made with respect to the Provisional Approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 'vaccine".

The SARS-CoV-2 virus causes the disease known as COVID-19 in some people who have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. while some infected people are asymptomatic.

People who have been fully vaccinated can still be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and transmit this virus to others while showing no symptoms of COVID-19 themselves according to the statement above subject to further research.

The document or documents I seek are any subsequent documents published by the TGA since 25 January 2021 that contradict the statement made in the Provisional Approval documents as quoted above.

Yours faithfully,

Phillip Sweeney

TGA FOI, Therapeutic Goods Administration

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Dear Mr Sweeney

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – NOTIFICATION OF RECEIPT

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (Department) has
received your request for access to documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

                “The TGA makes this statement in the Provisional Approval
of the Pfizer COVID-19 'vaccine':

 

"COMIRNATY has been shown to prevent COVID-19 however it is not yet known
whether it prevents transmission or asymptomatic disease."

 

A similar statement is made with respect to the Provisional Approval of
the AstraZeneca COVID-19 'vaccine".

 

The SARS-CoV-2 virus causes the disease known as COVID-19 in some people
who have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. while some infected people
are asymptomatic.

 

People who have been fully vaccinated can still be infected with the
SARS-CoV-2 virus and transmit this virus to others while showing no
symptoms of COVID-19 themselves according to the statement above subject
to further research.

 

The document or documents I seek are any subsequent documents published by
the TGA since 25 January 2021 that contradict the statement made in the
Provisional Approval documents as quoted above.”

 

Under section 15(5)(b) of the FOI Act, the agency has 30 calendar days
after the date your request was received in which to provide a decision in
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before 6 June 2021.

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If you have any queries, please contact the FOI team on (02) 6289 4630, or
via email at [1][email address].

Kind regards

Christina

 

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Therapeutic Goods Administration

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Dear TGA FOI,

I am not seeking any personal information and any names and addresses in the relevant documents can be redacted.

I am not seeking any duplicate documents.

You can provide me with links if a relevant document has been published on the internet.

Yours sincerely,

Phillip Sweeney

Dear TGA FOI,

No duplicates requested

I am not seeking personal information and any such information can be redacted.

Yours sincerely,

Phillip Sweeney

TGA FOI, Therapeutic Goods Administration

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Good afternoon Phillip,

Please see attached decision notice regarding your request.

Freedom of Information

Therapeutic Goods Administration
Australian Government Department of Health
T: 02 6289 4630 | E: [email address]
PO Box 100, Woden ACT 2606, Australia
Web: www.tga.gov.au

Important: This transmission is intended only for the use of the addressee and may contain confidential or legally privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any use or dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you receive this transmission in error please notify the author immediately and delete all copies of this transmission.

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to all Elders past and present.

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