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  • Vaccine COVID-19 Mandate Marches & Protests in New York City Grow


    Vaccine COVID-19 Mandate Marches & Protests in New York City Grow
    Protests against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate grew as New York City became an epicenter of restless, activist activity. Over 100 vocal protesters
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    Protests against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate grew as New York City became an epicenter of restless, activist activity. Over 100 vocal protesters showed up on Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to let the world know they “stand with Kyrie Irving.” One of the National Basketball Association’s top guards, Irving has refused to accept vaccines even though it’s a condition of the league. The “Stand with Kyrie” protest showed up at the Brooklyn vs. Charlotte Hornets game and surprised some newscasters who perhaps had certain assumptions about the types of people opposed to mandates. Some networks noted the diversity of the audience, which included African Americans, Asians, the elderly, the young, and families. The mostly peaceful and well-behaved crowd could be a harbinger of days to come. Meanwhile, yesterday a large march of vaccine mandate protesters assembled and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge. Their target—a call for medical choice.


    An NBA Star Makes a Stand

    Kyrie Irving, arguably the best ball-handling guard in history, is not a stranger to controversy. The unorthodox player has taken numerous stands on various societal issues. Branded by some as a conspiracy theorist and others as a dynamic activist using his platform for social good, he donated $1.5 million to help Women’s NBA players who opted out of playing during the pandemic, according to ESPN.


    While Irvine has declared that he has the right to medical choice based on personal preference, (whether that be religious or whatever) the team doesn’t agree and has blocked him from practicing or playing until he receives a COVID-19 vaccine. According to Nets General Manager Sean Marks, Irving cannot play until he is “eligible to be a full participant.”


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    Of course, Marks must deal with the New York City mandate which imposes vaccination rules across many locations from stadiums such as the Barclays Center to museums.


    The protesters that showed up Sunday looked a lot like a cross-section of New York City itself. Various participants posted videos on Twitter. A few of the protesters became unruly, trying to push their way into the game, but sufficient security blocked the path. The team’s management has declared they won’t press any charges, but the City might.


    Large Brooklyn Bridge Protest

    Then, on Monday a large group in the many thousands marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest the vaccine mandate on behalf of almost 50,000 New York City municipal workers who have yet to receive their jabs. Representing what traditionally would be a Democratic Party constituency, thousands of public workers, including police and fire departments, paramedics, sanitation workers, and public-school teachers showed up in a surprisingly large event to report people on the ground. Reuters covered the event.


    They are angered that by Friday, October 29 by 5 PM they must demonstrate proof of vaccination or go on immediate unpaid leave. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s edict was announced via the New York City Office of the Mayor’s website.


    According to the Office of the Mayor, 95% of the New York City health and hospital workers and 96% of Department of Education workers have already been vaccinated—these groups had to meet a September mandate. Now, the entire municipal workforce must be vaccinated by November 1.


    COVID-19 Updates NYC

    To date, New Yorkers have experienced surges during this pandemic. The first and most deadly surge occurred in April and May, horrifying the nation and world as images of overcrowded ICUs and mortality went on display for all via the media. A second surge involved many more cases, but less mortality occurred starting in November 2020 through early spring 2021. Then, a third spike occurred during March but a decline in cases was seen that corresponded with several factors from vaccination and more than likely natural immunity, as well as possibly emerging treatments and use of off-label products such as ivermectin.


    COVID-19 infections precipitously declined to 172 cases per day (based on a 7-day average) by the Fourth of July. For reference, that same average daily rate on March 27 just a few months earlier was 5,705 per day. But when the Delta variant cases started rising, including breakthrough cases—that is, vaccinated people becoming infected—by August 1,223 cases per day were reported. In September that case count increased to 1,944 daily, and by October 25 cases started spiking up to 2,666 per day.


    The good news in New York is that the mortality rate has remained low; other than the nightmarish scenario during the onset of the pandemic, the death count in America’s biggest city has remained low compared to many other places.


    New Yorkers are mostly vaccinated. As of October 24, 66.2%, of the entire population was fully inoculated while 73.6% of the City’s population have received at least one dose. According to New York City Department of Health (DOH) statistics, Brooklyn and the Bronx are the least fully immunized at 60% while not surprisingly Manhattan represents the most fully vaccinated at 74%.


    Ethnically speaking, only 44% of Blacks have been vaccinated throughout the City, and interestingly, only 51% of Whites and 57% of Hispanics are vaccinated. Asian/Pacific Islanders are the City’s most vaccinated ethnic group(s) at 79% reports the DOH.


    With 8.4 million people, New York City’s population is 25.5% Black and nearly 29% Hispanic

  • “Something else is going on besides the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its not clear why these people are getting sick,” said Haran. “For people that have had the vaccine and subsequently get COVID, it doesn’t appear that the vaccine protects against long COVID either.”

    The vaccine doesn't protect against long Covid? Must be a typo, or something.

  • For the public record: Critical questions FDA must address about vaccine safety


    For the public record: Critical questions FDA must address about vaccine safety
    Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite. By Steve Kirsch On October 26, I
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    Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.



    By Steve Kirsch


    On October 26, I was invited by the FDA to give a 3-minute slide presentation during the Open Public Hearing session at the meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) which is the outside committee of the FDA that reviews vaccine safety and efficacy.


    Today’s meeting is focused on whether or not to extend the EUA of the Pfizer vaccines for children aged 5 to 11.


    Since I was only given 3 minutes of talk time, I prepared just 30 slides at the meeting. All the slides were questions that I believed needed to be fully answered before any vote to authorize vaccination for 5 to 11 year olds. After all, once you’ve been vaccinated, you can never be unvaccinated.


    Since I had prepared over 100 questions for the committee, I thought it would be useful for both the VRBPAC committee, as well as the public, to post my slides publicly


    https://www.skirsch.com/covid/VRBPAC-10-26-21.pdf

  • Interesting new study based on 6.4 million Covid vaccinated and 4.6 million unvaccinated for Covid but vaccinated against the flu. [that's a BIG study with good stats]


    The Covid vaccinated people were less likely to die from Covid AND all other causes. In fact their death rate was only about 35% of the death rate of the non Covid vaccinated.


    Vaccinated People Less Likely to Die of Any Cause: Study | Newsmax.com
    findings published Oct. 22 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

    Yes this is a big study. Here's the problem : A vaccine that *actually* reduces deaths (from any cause!) by a whopping 65 percent deserves much more than a "therefore Covid vaccines are safe, take them! " conclusion. It should be a revolution in health care ; the vaccine is now a veritable elixir of life!


    Either that, or the study is gigantically flawed, and the CDC (being the largest buyer and seller of drugs in the USA) is shamelessly trying to overcome growing vaccine hesitancy.


    Edited to add : The CDC study is here :


    COVID-19 Vaccination and Non–COVID-19 Mortality Risk ...
    This report describes lower non-COVID-19 death rates among COVID-19 vaccinated people.
    www.cdc.gov

  • The vaccine doesn't protect against long Covid? Must be a typo, or something.

    I haven't seen any other data about long covid from breakthrough cases ... but since you can die from it, I don't see why you can't get long covid from it.


    This seems to be the underlying paper : https://insight.jci.org/articles/view/152346/pdf


    Edit: I see nothing about vaccine status in the paper.

    Edit 2 :

    What We Know About Breakthrough Infections And Long COVID
    https://www.npr.org/sections/h…infections-and-long-covid

    ..

    A small Israeli study recently provided the first evidence that breakthrough infections could lead to long COVID symptoms, although the numbers are small. Out of about 1,500 vaccinated health care workers, 39 got infected, and seven reported symptoms that lasted more than six weeks.


    And a large British study subsequently found about 5% of people who got infected — even though they were fully vaccinated — experienced persistent symptoms, although the study also found that the odds of having symptoms for 28 days or more were halved by having two vaccine doses.

    ..


    But the experts don't all agree
    ... various opinions ...

  • “We’re not seeing a higher risk for any of these adverse events associated with the vaccine, than those associated with the infection,” he said.

    Early treatment is key!!



    Public health officials worry that acknowledging natural immunity will lead people to deliberately try to get infected with Covid rather than getting vaccinated.

    Definitely 100x less risk if you can time early treatment!

  • Interesting new study based on 6.4 million Covid vaccinated and 4.6 million unvaccinated for Covid but vaccinated against the flu. [that's a BIG study with good stats]

    The study is here:


    COVID-19 Vaccination and Non–COVID-19 Mortality Risk ...
    This report describes lower non-COVID-19 death rates among COVID-19 vaccinated people.
    www.cdc.gov


    I am confident that the results reflect the overall general good health of states and counties where vaccination rates happen to be high. It is not as if the vaccine helps prevent heart attacks.


    It just points to fact, that vaccinated people generally care about their health more. Accounting this factor would paradoxically render real efficiency of vaccines even lower than it follows from statistics.

    Good health does nothing to prevent a viral infection, but it does enhance your chances of survival. People in states with high vaccination rates also have lower obesity and other cofactors. Here is a quick comparison of New York state to Georgia.


    New York, 74% of the population vaccinated

    Georgia, 56%


    Longevity, measured before the pandemic:


    New York, 81.4 years

    Georgia, 77.9 years


    Compare rates of obesity, health insurance coverage, infant mortality, wealth or any other important variables and you will see why the population of New York is healthier than Georgia. New York City has the healthiest and thinnest population in the U.S. Within Georgia, the population of Atlanta resembles that of New York City, whereas the rest of the state resembles Pakistan or Mexico. Vaccination rates in Atlanta are also similar to New York, but in the rest of the state the rate is 20% to 35%. Even excluding COVID deaths (as the CDC did in this study), it is obvious that people die at a higher rate in Georgia, and it is obvious why.


    Because vaccination rates are higher in New York, in recent months the number of deaths has been 38 per day compared to 100 per day in Georgia. That's 2.0 per million compared to 9.1 per million. Infection rates have been roughly the same. In other countries with ~74% vaccination rates such as Japan and Chile the infection and death rates are asymptotically approaching zero.

  • The "large british study" (link above) is summarized in the NIH Director's blog:


    Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated People Less Likely to Cause ‘Long COVID’

    https://directorsblog.nih.gov/…kely-to-cause-long-covid/

    While accounting for differences in age, sex, and other risk factors, the researchers found that fully vaccinated individuals who developed breakthrough infections were about half (49 percent) as likely as unvaccinated people to report symptoms of Long COVID Syndrome lasting at least four weeks after infection.

  • I haven't seen any other data about long covid from breakthrough cases ... but since you can die from it, I don't see why you can't get long covid from it.

    I have seen some data. I don't recall where. The vaccine greatly reduces the severity of cases and the number of hospitalizations, and it reduces the likelihood of long term symptoms. It also relieves long term symptoms in many people who have already had COVID. I suppose that means it kills off nearly all viruses, which should reduce the likelihood of lingering symptoms.

  • But the experts don't all agree
    ... various opinions ...

    Experts never agree. Especially physicists. More especially, physicists working on cold fusion. Ask any three of them a question and you will get five opinions. They resemble Braxton Bragg, the worst Confederate general of the Civil War. Quote:



    Ulysses S. Grant recalled in his memoirs a story about Bragg that seemed to suggest an essential need for proper procedure that bordered on mental instability. Once Bragg had been both a company commander as well as company quartermaster (the officer in charge of approving the disbursement of provisions). As company commander he made a request upon the company quartermaster--himself--for something he wanted. As quartermaster he denied the request and gave an official reason for doing so in writing. As company commander he argued back that he was justly entitled to what he requested. As quartermaster he stubbornly continued to persist in denying himself what he needed. Bragg requested the intervention of the post commander (perhaps to diffuse the impasse before it came to blows). His commander was incredulous and he declared, "My God, Mr. Bragg, you have quarreled with every officer in the army, and now you are quarreling with yourself."

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  • Yes this is a big study. Here's the problem : A vaccine that *actually* reduces deaths (from any cause!) by a whopping 65 percent deserves much more than a "therefore Covid vaccines are safe, take them! " conclusion. It should be a revolution in health care ; the vaccine is now a veritable elixir of life!

    Of course it does not do that. That's preposterous. No one claims the vaccine does that.

    Either that, or the study is gigantically flawed,

    No, it is not a bit flawed. Anyone looking at the data from before 2019 would know it is true, and why it is true. There is a big difference in longevity and heath between blue states and red states. As it happens, blue states also have much higher vaccination rates. So, the two correlate. That part is simple, and irrefutable.


    What is valuable about this study is that it shows the existing difference in mortality has carried over into the pandemic. And, it might show that better overall health reduces the death rate from COVID. The per capita death rate from COVID is 4 or 5 times lower in states with higher vaccination rates. Obviously, the vaccine itself is the main reason for this. But these states also have less obesity, heart disease and so on. Better health may also be a contributing factor.

  • Revealing the relationship between solar activity and COVID-19 and forecasting of possible future viruses using multi-step autoregression (MSAR)


    Revealing the relationship between solar activity and COVID-19 and forecasting of possible future viruses using multi-step autoregression (MSAR) - Environmental Science and Pollution Research
    The number of sunspots shows the solar activity level. During the high solar activity, emissions of matter and electromagnetic fields from the Sun make it…
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    Abstract

    The number of sunspots shows the solar activity level. During the high solar activity, emissions of matter and electromagnetic fields from the Sun make it difficult for cosmic rays to penetrate the Earth. When solar energy is high, cosmic ray intensity is lower, so that the solar magnetic field and solar winds affect the Earth externally and originate new viruses. In this paper, we assess the possible effects of sunspot numbers on the world virus appearance. The literature has no sufficient results about these phenomena. Therefore, we try to relate solar ray extremum to virus generation and the history of pandemics. First, wavelet decomposition is used for smoothing the sunspot cycle to predict past pandemics and forecast the future time of possible virus generation. Finally, we investigate the geographical appearance of the virus in the world to show vulnerable places in the world. The result of the analysis of pandemics that occurred from 1750 to 2020 shows that world’s great viral pandemics like COVID-19 coincide with the relative extrema of sunspot number. Based on our result, 27 pandemic (from 36) incidences are on sunspot extrema. Then, we forecast future pandemics in the world for about 110 years or 10 cycles using presented multi-step autoregression (MSAR). To confirm these phenomena and the generation of new viruses because of solar activity, researchers should carry out experimental studies.


    Conclusion

    Solar activity, including total solar radiation and X-ray flares, correlates sunspot numbers so that the solar magnetic field and solar wind affect the Earth to originate viruses. For analysis of the history of pandemics in the world, we analyzed solar activity between 1750 and 2020. In this process, the input signal of the sunspot numbers is decomposed in four-level to wavelet sub-bands to extract the main feature of the sunspot number. The dataset of the study is extracted from SIDC for daily and monthly average data of sunspot numbers. We used wavelet decomposition to reduce the fluctuation of the monthly averaged sunspot number. The low band of wavelet has 95.38% of the relative energy of the main sunspot number time series and can be substituted with monthly average values with maintaining extrema. We analyzed the coincidence of the world great pandemics with sunspot number relative extrema and designate some methods for analysis and modeling of this fluctuating time series. Results show that the world’s main pandemics occurred in sunspot number relative extrema. Sunspot number oscillates almost every 11 years to the maximum values and almost 5 years from maximum to minimum points. We can conclude that sunspot extrema coincide with the pandemics’ first appearance probably because of mutation on virus DNA or generation of a new virus. It is probably because of the magnetic field that the Earth is exposed in the periods with the higher and lower number of sunspots recorded. We can show some extremum points without any reported virus incidence. These points probably had a virus generation that perhaps cause weak viruses or not reached humans. We then forecast future pandemics in the world for about 110 years or 10 cycles using the presented MSAR methods. The result shows that the oscillation of minimums shows in low amplitude; however, maximum values are shown in the high variance of sunspot number. It can be also seen that there is no significant difference between maximum and minimum sunspot numbers based on the map, and they scattered on the map at any place. Based on pandemics that occurred from 1918 until 2019 (9 cycles or 101 years), the main surface of viruses’ first appearance is from China to the American continent in the green surface in Fig. 6. The main origin of viruses is tolerated among three areas, China, West Africa, and the USA. However, reports show that before 1918, past pandemics widespread in red surfaces regarding Fig. 6. Regarding the results of this study, we found that sunspots are the main cause of virus generation in the world. This research reveals that the biological and astrophysical mechanisms are related to the generation of world pandemics such as COVID-19. This study indicates that the emergence of pandemics like COVID-19 outbreaks would be linked with the extremum of the sunspot cycle. Potential mechanisms are explored by which sunspot behavior can affect human outbreaks. Furthermore, we proposed that the next peaks in the sunspot cycle could act as a potential alert for future pandemics.

  • The number of sunspots shows the solar activity level. During the high solar activity, emissions of matter and electromagnetic fields from the Sun make it difficult for cosmic rays to penetrate the Earth. When solar energy is high, cosmic ray intensity is lower, so that the solar magnetic field and solar winds affect the Earth externally and originate new viruses.

    Astounding if true!

  • Cryptic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the first COVID-19 wave


    Cryptic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the first COVID-19 wave - Nature



    Abstract

    Considerable uncertainty surrounds the timeline of introductions and onsets of local transmission of SARS-CoV-2 globally1–7. Although a limited number of SARS-CoV-2 introductions were reported in January and February 20208,9, the narrowness of the initial testing criteria, combined with a slow growth in testing capacity and porous travel screening10, left many countries vulnerable to unmitigated, cryptic transmission. Here we use a global metapopulation epidemic model to provide a mechanistic understanding of the early dispersal of infections, and the temporal windows of the introduction and onset of SARS-CoV-2 local transmission in Europe and the United States. We find that community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 was likely in several areas of Europe and the United States by January 2020, and estimate that by early March, only 1 to 3 in 100 SARS-CoV-2 infections were detected by surveillance systems. The modelling results highlight international travel as the key driver of the introduction of SARS-CoV-2 with possible introductions and transmission events as early as December 2019–January 2020. We find a heterogeneous, geographic distribution of cumulative infection attack rates by 4 July 2020, ranging from 0.78%–15.2% across US states and 0.19%–13.2% in European countries. Our approach complements phylogenetic analyses and other surveillance approaches and provides insights that can be used to design innovative, model-driven surveillance systems that guide enhanced testing and response strategies.

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    vaccine reduce long covid symptoms by 22% max only. About the same rate you also see without vaccines....


    Pfizer once more has been allowed to enter a small (1500) fake study to show how vaccines work on children. It is all made in a hurry for the last few billions to cash in. You need 20'000 to see one serious hart problem...

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    Pfizer vaccine for age 5..12. 2% of the children have long lasting > 7 days symptoms ::


    More Pfizer faking::

    One participant in the BNT162b2 group discontinued from the vaccination period due to AEs of pyrexia and

    neutropenia that worsened from baseline (see Section 7.6.7, AEs leading to withdrawal). Two

    participants (0.1%) in the BNT162b2 group withdrew from the study before the 1 month period.

    Neither withdrawal was due to an AE...


    https://www.fda.gov/media/153447/download


    Why does FDA allow this when we know children now have around 70..80% natural immunity? Pfizer crap damages your immune system? Has no effect for preventing any infection ???. Why do they not wait 6 months for a definite assessment??? Just roll it out according 50 years old agrees rules going from 1500 ---> 30'000 ???


    rip off the childern for >>>> $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Does Fauci Continue to ‘Get Ahead’ of Regulators as Pfizer’s Child Vaccination Request Winds Through the Process


    Does Fauci Continue to ‘Get Ahead’ of Regulators as Pfizer’s Child Vaccination Request Winds Through the Process
    Will Dr. Anthony Fauci’s political cover last much longer? Seemingly all is OK as the nation’s top doctor went on the mainstream media circuit like
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    Will Dr. Anthony Fauci’s political cover last much longer? Seemingly all is OK as the nation’s top doctor went on the mainstream media circuit like always—while not making predictions outright, he was essentially serving to channel public discourse and expectations in alignment with POTUS. Fauci declared in a recent mainstream media network interview that he didn’t want to get ahead of the regulatory process—acknowledging the primary importance of the regulatory process at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and subsequent advisory checkpoint at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the powerful public figure declared immediately after that acknowledgment, “but the data certainly looks good,” reaffirming Pfizer’s proclamation. Of course, the good doctor is assuring the public that their children will soon be safe with inoculation options with Pfizer-BioNTech. With an air of waning invincibility, Fauci now perhaps rides his final crescendo of political cover afforded by the current POTUS on this latest interview on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” But with the end of 2021 comes the sunset of the reign of Fauci and his cohorts as conditions rapidly change on the ground.


    Positive Indicators

    The CDC recently issued its latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, reaffirming the highly transmissible nature of SARS-CoV-2. Noteworthy via the COVID-NET data, the CDC reports they “found no significant increases in the proportion of hospitalized COVID-19 patients with severe outcomes during the Delta period.”


    They found that a greater number of unvaccinated younger people (age 18-49) ended up in the hospital due to the more virulent Delta variant of the novel coronavirus. The CDC, of course, suggests this was lower vaccination among that age cohort.


    TrialSite’s observations from around the world indicate that vaccination does help combat COVID-19 and the official stance of this independent media platform includes targeted vaccination and ubiquitous access to early-onset SARS-CoV-2 care—including a fundamental commitment to physician and patient choice. If a physician and patient decide on the off-label use of an FDA-approved drug, then that decision should be respected.


    Finally, sound data and science-driven public health policies must continue. However, this media platform questions mandates and more onerous forms of discrimination against individuals that opted not to be vaccinated for whatever reason.


    Strange Days

    TrialSite notes that although the FDA formally approves the Pfizer Comirnaty product, that product isn’t available in the United States. Only BNT162b2, the investigational product in distribution, will go to children over the next few months, assuming the FDA and CDC provide a thumbs up to an emergency use authorization. Of course, both vaccines are technically the same product, but as TrialSite suggested in a previous article, this Pfizer-BioNTech approval was anything but orthodox.


    The bizarre approval process appears to have been engineered to lower vaccine hesitancy while also providing backing for imminent public sector mandates at the national, state, and local levels of government. Regardless, vaccine producers and the medical supply chain enjoy liability shields thanks to the PREP Act.


    Cheerleading the Process

    In this most recent interview, Fauci emphasized Pfizer’s solid data for child inoculation while essentially championing the start of the mass vaccination process for kids starting in early November.


    Although he did remind the audience as to the importance of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meeting today and the overall regulatory process, he nonetheless continues to perform a duty on behalf of the industry.


    The VRBPAC group will vote on whether to proceed with emergency use authorization for vaccination of 5- to 11-year-old children. The FDA regulators typically follow the input of the VRBPAC but legally are not required to do so.


    America’s most prominent doctor shared that the next step toward getting America’s children vaccinated involves the forthcoming committee, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which meets on Nov. 2-3. Assuming the FDA’s VRBPAC and regulators greenlight the vaccine for children, and thereafter the CDC ACIP provides a thumbs up, then Fauci’s prediction that vaccinations of our children can commence by early November will come true.


    Fauci went on to discuss the unfolding booster scenarios and what is currently available.


    Why Boosters?

    Many studies and mounting real-world evidence demonstrate that the current crop of TrialSite’s version 1.0 COVID-19 vaccine products exhibits questionable durability. First, we should acknowledge the impressive development times for these vaccines. In a process that typically takes up to a decade, select companies—backed by taxpayer dollars for the most part—were able to rapidly accelerate the vaccine development process. However, the current POTUS doesn’t give sufficient credit to the Operation Warp Speed initiative set up by former POTUS Trump.


    The products are still young. Several months ago, leaders from the FDA, CDC, and the industry started acknowledging that long-term COVID-19 vaccine durability, originally an assumption in the mass vaccination program in response to COVID-19, was no longer possible, and multiple shots would be needed. Of course, booster shots benefit the vaccine producers as this equates to more product sales. The emerging consensus was that booster shots would be required to maintain protection against COVID-19.


    Fast forward from the start of 2021 to today, and the assumptions behind the COVID-19 society-wide inoculation program markedly change. The campaign started with promises of getting back to normal as soon as enough people were vaccinated. Boosters were not on anyone’s radar. For example, while many consumers appreciated the fact that the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine (Ad26.COV2.S) involved only one jab, now the health authorities recommend a booster just two months after the first shot. It’s already lost its advantage as the “one and done” vaccine.


    Furthermore, studies indicate waning immunity among both mRNA vaccines from Pfizer (BNT162b2) and Moderna (mRNA-1273), although the latter remains more potent or “durable” than the former. Therefore, boosters are now recommended for a broad representation of society at month eight after the second dose.


    What about Booster Complexity?

    With three (3) vaccine products available for boosters now, plus the “mix and match” scenario, many consumers, doctors, and pharmacies express concerns about complexity. Fauci, seemingly always the smartest guy in the room, downplayed those concerns, emphasizing the simplicity of the booster program.


    Framing the situation as one of “flexibility” for the consumer, a key architect of the pandemic response emphasized that they have now “leveled the playing field,” supposedly for the consumer. For example, although in the last VRBPAC, the committee sought to take a more targeted approach to who should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster, the FDA opened access to many more people than first contemplated by VRBPAC. This included not only the usual high-risk cohorts (elderly, people with underlying conditions) but also anyone 18 through 64 who find themselves in higher-risk circumstances. Fauci shared that the same general criteria are applied to Moderna’s booster. The FDA authorized the J&J booster within two months of the first jab. This should raise an eyebrow or two as the product was marketed as a one-jab vaccine.


    Moreover, Fauci shared that the FDA now allows the mixing and matching of vaccine boosters. The head of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) emphasized that this wasn’t a complicated situation either and tried to sell the public on the move by telling them that they now had flexibility and choice. See the FDA’s announcement here.


    Pandemic Times

    All of this comes with unprecedented mass vaccine mandates across American society. Yes, many vaccines are mandatory during childhood, as they should be, as mature vaccine products have proven tremendous value to public and personal health.


    But SARS-CoV-2 is a new disease, and SARS-CoV-2 vaccine products are practically still brand new. Initial assumptions of robust durability along with few side effects are increasingly challenged by groups that point to mounting data. There are many claims that the CDC isn’t doing a proper job of monitoring adverse events, while also highlighting the shortcomings of VAERS. Nationwide federally-mandated vaccines, with hardly any exceptions, should be accompanied by a robust monitoring system for potential side effects, full transparency, normally-approved products, and product liability.


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