Vaxxing Our Kids – Chicago Reader

Leonard C. Goodman is a Chicago defense attorney and co-owner of the for-profit branch of Reader.

As the father of a young child, I am under pressure to have my daughter vaccinated for COVID-19. And like many Americans, I’m worried about giving my six-year-old a new vaccine that was not tested on humans until last year and that is only approved for “emergency use” in children. The feverish hype from government officials, mainstream media and Big Pharma, and the systematic demonization and censorship of public figures raising questions about the campaign, give further cause for concern.

This year, Pfizer has committed to selling 115 million pediatric doses to the U.S. government and expects to earn $ 36 billion in vaccine revenue. Congress is so in the pocket of Big Pharma that it is against the law for our government to negotiate bulk prices for drugs, which means taxpayers have to pay for retail. Corporate news and entertainment programs are routinely sponsored by Pfizer, which spent $ 55 million on social media advertising in 2020. Even comedians at night like Jimmy Kimmel, who has called for denying ICU beds to unvaccinated people, have been paid by Big Pharma to promote Vaccine against covid-19.

It is therefore not surprising that most of the information reported in the press on the safety and efficacy of vaccines appears to come directly from Pfizer’s press releases. This recent headline from NBC News is typical: “Pfizer says its Covid vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11.” In addition, by not advertising their vaccines by name, Pfizer-BioNTech and other drug manufacturers are not required by applicable FDA regulations to list the risks and side effects of the vaccine.

Most Americans are vaguely aware that COVID vaccines carry some potential risks, such as heart inflammation, known as myocarditis, which is most commonly seen in young men. However, no actual data from the vaccine trials have been provided to the public. After promising “full transparency” regarding COVID-19 vaccines, the FDA recently went to court to oppose a FOIA request seeking the data it relied on to license the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. and stated that it would not release the data in full. until the year 2076 – not exactly a confidence-building measure.

Also worrying is a recent report in British Medical Journal, a peer-reviewed medical publication that found that the research firm that Pfizer used falsified data, unblinded patients, employed inadequately trained vaccinators, and was slow to follow up on side effects reported in Pfizer’s pivotal phase III trials. The whistleblower, Brook Jackson, repeatedly notified his executives of these issues, then sent an email with a complaint to the FDA and was fired the same day. If this scandal was ever mentioned in the corporate press, it was with a headline like this from CBS News: “Report on interrogation of Pfizer trials should not undermine confidence in vaccines.”

On the other hand, the first rollout of the vaccine appeared to be a home run. The reported number of new infections decreased and suppressive lockdown rules were lifted. Our bars, restaurants and gyms opened up. Plus, my own experience getting the vaccine was positive, as I wrote about in a previous column for Reader. Is it possible that the corporate media and government were right this time? Is mass vaccination of everyone, including children, really the solution to our long COVID nightmare? I have tried my best to look objectively at the available evidence to make the best decision for my daughter. In this column I share my results.

The first thing I discovered is that the risk of COVID for healthy children is extremely low. Or like New York TimesDavid Leonhardt recently said that unless your child has pre-existing conditions or a compromised immune system, the risk of severe COVID is “so low that it is difficult to quantify.” This raises the question: If the risk to children is so low, what is the emergency that justifies mass vaccination of children without waiting for proper test trials with the vaccine?

The most common argument is that we need to vaccinate our children to protect others. However, while most adults perceive children as small germ factories, data suggest that children are at low risk of spreading COVID. Reports from Sweden, where schools and kindergartens were kept open and children and teachers were revealed without social distancing, show a very low incidence of severe COVID-19 among school children or their teachers during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

I was also surprised to hear that there are reputable scientists who are against mass vaccination, such as Dr. Robert Malone, an original inventor of the mRNA vaccine technology behind the COVID vaccines. As Malone explains, the mRNA vaccine contains a tip-like protein similar to the virus that stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies to fight COVID. He describes the vaccine as “leaky”, meaning it is only about 50 percent effective in preventing infection and spread.

Malone warns that over-consumption of a leaky vaccine during an outbreak risks generating mutant viruses that will overwhelm the vaccine, making it less effective for those who really need it. “The more people you vaccinate, the more vaccine-resistant mutations you get, and in the vaccine ‘arms race’, the greater the need for increasingly potent boosters.” Thus, Malone recommends vaccinating only the most vulnerable – primarily the elderly and people with significant comorbidities such as lung and heart disease or diabetes – and not healthy children.

If these views sound unfamiliar, it’s probably because Malone and other critics of mass vaccination have been subjected to strong repression on social media and vicious attacks from corporate media.

Meanwhile, the US mainstream press has ignored recent statements by Mexico’s health minister, Jorge Alcocer Varela, who advises against vaccinating children and warns that COVID-19 vaccines can inhibit the development of children’s immune systems. “Children have a wonderful immune system compared to the later stages of their lives,” he explained, warning that “preventing” “learning” a child’s immune system – the “cells that defend us all our lives” a “completely inorganic structure” such as a vaccine is contrary to public health.

A recent study from Harvard provides further evidence that although vaccines protect us from serious COVID disease and death, they alone are not very good at stopping the spread of the disease. The study looked at COVID numbers in 68 countries and 2,947 counties in the United States in late August and early September. It found that the countries and counties with the highest vaccination rates had higher rates of new COVID-19 cases per capita. one million people. And suggested other measures, such as mask wearing and social distancing, in addition to vaccination.

Instead of mass vaccination, Malone recommends early intervention with therapeutic agents that have been shown to be effective against COVID, including ivermectin. In contrast, the corporate press has shamelessly attacked early treatments, and especially ivermectin, as it calls a veterinary drug, citing that it is used to treat both animals and humans along with many other drugs, including antibiotics and painkillers. .

In October, popular podcaster Joe Rogan announced on his show that he had contracted the virus and was taking ivermectin, prescribed by a doctor, along with other therapeutic agents, including monoclonal antibodies, and that he had only “one bad day” with the virus. CNN ridiculed Rogan for taking “horseworm remedy”. On his show, Rogan grilled CNN’s medical expert Sanjay Gupta. “Why should they lie [at your network] and say it’s horseworm remedy? I can afford folk medicine. “Rogan pointed out that the developers of ivermectin won the Nobel Prize in 2015 for the drug’s use in humans.

Why is CNN and much of the general press lying about ivermectin, a drug that has literally been used by billions of people to treat tropical diseases and has been shown to be safe and effective in treating COVID in countries like Mexico? India, Japan and Peru? First, in order for there to be an emergency use permit for the vaccines, there must be no treatment for a disease. Therefore, all potential treatments must be reduced. That is, of course, until Pfizer releases its antiviral drug, PF-07321332.

Second, ivermectin is not patented, which means Big Pharma cannot monetize it. It has been made available to poor people around the world for a penny. In contrast, Pfizer’s COVID pill will be priced at more than $ 500 per day. course.

At this point, you can guess the end of the story. The last straw for me is the apparent lack of shelf life of the COVID vaccines. Recent data indicate that the limited protection against the vaccine lasts only four to six months. Since COVID is not disappearing, is it Pfizer’s plan to artificially boost my daughter’s immune system every four to six months for the rest of her life?

We have been kept in the dark about vaccine safety and effectiveness by our government and its partners in Big Pharma, who tell us that they have looked at science and it supports the vaccination of our children against a virus that gives them only the slightest risk for serious illness. As a parent, I will demand more answers before I just take their word for it.

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