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Pfizer Policy Barring Whites, Asians From Fellowship ‘Blatantly Illegal’

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  • Drug giant Pfizer says its top-level “Breakthrough Fellowship Program” that prohibits whites and Asians from applying is a “Bold Move” that promotes “a more inclusive workplace,” and will have Pfizer led by “a new generation” of minority fellows by 2025.
  • “One of Pfizer’s Bold Moves is to create a workplace for all, and we are committed to increasing diversity by fostering a more inclusive workplace,” says Pfizer, one of the Big Pharma companies at the center of the controversial COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The “requirements” for application for the fellowship include U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency, at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), and “meet the program’s goals of increasing the pipeline for Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic and Native Americans.”
  • Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, told The Star News Network the Pfizer policy is blatantly illegal.

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