COVID-19 vaccine

February 21, 2023

‘Amazing Coincidence’: Senator Blasts Moderna’s Suspicious Timing

    1972: Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. President to visit China, normalizing relations between the countries in a meeting with Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing.

    Pharmaceutical company Moderna announced a plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to uninsured Americans the same day a Senate committee asked them to testify — a move that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) suggested “maybe was just a wild and crazy coincidence.”

    Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee asked Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel to appear before a panel next month, looking into proposed plans to increase the COVID-19 vaccine’s price from $110 to $130 per dose.

    On Wednesday, Moderna announced that it will grant Americans access to vaccines “regardless of ability to pay.”

    Sanders, the chair of the committee, addressed the move on CBS’s Face the Nation.

    “Amazing coincidence, that happened the same exact day we announced that we were inviting them to testify,” Sanders said.

    The senator said the committee also wants to examine Moderna’s proposal to provide uninsured people in America with access to vaccines.

    “We also want to take a look at what that patient program is about,” Sanders said. “We’re talking to them about that, but, obviously, it’s a step in the right direction.”

    The senator noted that the COVID-19 vaccine’s development was funded by taxpayer dollars.

    Moderna, along with the vaccine maker Pfizer, are preparing to transition to a commercial market as federal COVID-19 emergency declarations expire.

    Source: Politico

December 18, 2022

Hospital Denies 14-Year-Old Girl Lifesaving Surgery Over COVID Vaccine

A hospital in Durham, North Carolina, refused to grant a kidney transplant to a 14-year-old girl because she hasn’t received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Lee and Chrissy Hicks say that doctors at Duke University Hospital have refused to proceed with the kidney transplant that their adoptive daughter, Yulia, needs. The pair shared their story during an interview with the BlazeTV podcast “Relatable” this week.

“Chrissy and Lee are Christians. They’re an Army family. They adopted Yulia and her brother from Ukraine early last year and love her as their own flesh and blood. And they are begging for help for their daughter,” said host Allie Beth Stuckey. “Yulia … has a genetic kidney disorder. She needs surgery, and the hospital is saying she cannot get this surgery without getting the COVID vaccine.”

“The hospital actually played semantics with us,” Lee said. “When we probed them on the requirement to have the vaccine shot, they said it’s not a requirement. It’s actually a recommendation. But if you don’t follow their ‘recommendation,’ then [Yulia] won’t get the kidney transplant. So that makes it a requirement.”

“[Doctors] were almost draconian about the whole thing … basically, what they said [was] ‘if you’re not going to follow our recommendation, then you’re not gonna get a kidney,'” Lee said.

When the Hickses adopted Yulia in 2021, they knew she suffered from a rare genetic kidney condition that would eventually require surgery.

“We took [Yulia] to Duke immediately because we didn’t know how long it had been since she had been seen,” Chrissy said. “She needed to go on dialysis basically immediately. Her kidneys, I think, were at 13% function or something when we got her.”

“This child … her and her brother have been through so much lately, in the last few years. I mean, a family adopted them in 2018, and that didn’t work out. After about a year, they sent the boy back to Ukraine to just go away. And then they sent [Yulia] to Arizona to another family to kind of go away. And then, that family kept her for about four months and sent her back, after they got her brother back, after about a month,” Lee said.

“So then we got a phone call … from someone who knew we were close to Raleigh, and they said, ‘Hey, can you go pick these two up because they’re going to be arriving in about three hours and no one’s going to come to get them except for the police.’ So, sure, I said absolutely, we’ll go get them. And so we did,” he said. “We were just going to keep them for the weekend to try to figure out what was going to happen. We rearranged our lives a little bit to kind of help rectify the situation that [the children] were in. Then we, of course, adopted them without hesitation, really, because we just said, ‘Hey, this is what God wants us to do.’ And now we’re at this point of getting a kidney because she needs it, and these doctors are saying no because you won’t get this vaccine, which has been known to hurt children.”

Source: The Blaze

December 15, 2022

DeSantis Calls for Grand Jury Investigation on COVID-19 Vaccines

1791: U.S. Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval, establishing Amendments 1-10 of the U.S. Constitution.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has called for a statewide grand jury to investigate “crimes and wrongdoing” related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The governor’s office announced “aggressive actions to hold the federal government and Big Pharma accountable” following a roundtable discussion with physicians and researchers on the “adverse events of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.”

The roundtable discussion partially centered on the fact that pharmaceutical companies haven’t provided their data on the vaccines to independent researchers.

“We’ll be able to get the data whether they want to give it or not,” DeSantis said. “In Florida, it is illegal to mislead and misrepresent, especially when you are talking about the efficacy of a drug.”

DeSantis, who is often discussed as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said he expects that the Florida Supreme Court will approve the statewide grand jury.

“That will come with legal processes that will be able to get more information and to bring legal accountability to those who committed misconduct,” DeSantis said.

Another one of the “aggressive actions” announced by the governor’s office is the creation of the Public Health Integrity Committee.

“The Committee will be overseen by the Surgeon General to assess federal public health recommendations and guidance to ensure that Florida’s public health policies are tailored for Florida’s communities and priorities,” DeSantis’ office said in a press release.

DeSantis noted that some people have lost faith in public health institutions since the start of the pandemic, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sources: CNBC | Governor Ron DeSantis

November 26, 2022

Vaccinated People Accounting for Majority of COVID Deaths in US: Report

A new analysis revealed that for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most Americans dying from the virus were vaccinated or boosted.

The analysis published by the Washington Post found that 58% of COVID-19 deaths in August “were people who were vaccinated or boosted.”

The outlet described a “troubling trend” as the percentage of deaths among the vaccinated has been “steadily rising” over the last year.

In September 2021, vaccinated individuals made up just 23% of coronavirus deaths. In January and February 2022, that figure had jumped to 42%, the WaPo report noted.

The diminishing efficacy of coronavirus vaccines and “increasingly contagious strains of the virus being spread to elderly and immunocompromised people” have caused more deaths among those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the analysis.

“We can no longer say this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” said Cynthia Cox, the vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducted the analysis on behalf of WaPo.

Outgoing White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci has emphasized the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing severe illness and deaths, encouraging people to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.

“My message, and my final message, maybe the final message I give you from this podium, is that please, for your own safety, for that of your family, get your updated COVID-19 shot as soon as you’re eligible to protect yourself, your family and your community,” Fauci said. “I urge you to visit vaccine.gov to find a location where you can easily get an updated vaccine, and please do it as soon as possible.”

Fauci has previously acknowledged that the vaccines don’t necessarily protect against coronavirus infection and transmission.

Sources: Washington Post | Fox News

July 21, 2022

NBA Champion Regrets Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

Andrew Wiggins, the Golden State Warriors forward who was an All-star nominee for the 2021-2022 season, said he regrets getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I still wish I didn’t get [vaccinated], to be honest with you,” Wiggins told FanSided’s Mark Carman. “But you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.”

“I did it, and I was an All-Star this year and champion, so that was the good part, just not missing out on the year, the best year of my career,” he said.

“But for my body, I just don’t like putting all that stuff in my body, so I didn’t like that and I didn’t like that it wasn’t my choice. I didn’t like that it was either get this or don’t play,” Wiggins added.

Wiggins initially resisted the NBA’s vaccine mandate and filed for a religious exemption. He ultimately got the vaccine after his exemption request was denied.

Despite his mixed feelings, Wiggins told Fox News Digital that he loves the Golden State organization.

“Steve [Kerr] is a great coach. A player’s coach,” Wiggins said. “He’s going to put everyone in a position to do well. He gives all his players confidence, and when you’re on the court, he lets you play your game. Whatever your game is, he lets you play it.”

“He keeps his team motivated. He keeps his team going, and he holds everyone accountable,” he said. “I love Golden State. I love the organization. They treat me and my family so well. I love it.”

July 20, 2022

Health Experts Quit Over “Bad Science”

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are facing staffing shortages due to “bad science.”

“It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch and I can’t close my eyes,” an unnamed senior FDA official told Common Sense. “People are getting bad advice and we can’t say anything.”

An unnamed NIH scientist told the outlet: “They have no leadership right now. Suddenly, there’s an enormous number of jobs opening up at the highest level positions.”

The publication noted that the people they spoke with agreed to be quoted anonymously, for fear of professional repercussions.

“I used to be proud to tell people I work at the CDC. Now I’m embarrassed,” a scientist at the CDC said.

What’s causing the embarrassment? According to Dr. Marty Makary, a top public-health expert at Johns Hopkins University, “In short, bad science.”

Makary continued:

“The longer answer: that the heads of their agencies are using weak or flawed data to make critically important public health decisions. That such decisions are being driven by what’s politically palatable to people in Washington or to the Biden administration. And that they have a myopic focus on one virus instead of overall health.”

Last month, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, said that everyone six months or older should receive the mRNA covid vaccines.

But some health experts are alarmed by the recommendation.

“The public has no idea how bad this data really is. It would not pass muster for any other authorization,” a high-level FDA official said.

Makary said the data submitted by Pfizer and Moderna to receive emergency approval for their COVID-19 vaccines was lacking. Pfizer’s trial included under 1,000 children and didn’t show any efficacy against infection, he said. Moderna’s trial included roughly 6,000 children and reported a 4% reduction in infection.

“It seems criminal that we put out the recommendation to give mRNA covid vaccines to babies without good data. We really don’t know what the risks are yet. So why push it so hard?” a CDC physician said.

“A more honest announcement would have been: ‘We approved the vax for babies & toddlers based on very little data. While we believe its safe in this population, the study sample size was too low to make a [conclusion] about safety. Note that studies were done in kids without natural immunity,” Makary told DailyMail.com.

July 2, 2022

US Government Makes $3.2B Deal with Pfizer

1776: Continental Congress resolves, “these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States.”

Pfizer Inc. and its partner BioNTech SE announced a new $3.2 billion deal with the U.S. government for 105 million doses of its updated COVID-19 vaccine.

The companies will receive $3.2 billion from the U.S. government “upon receipt of the first 105 million doses,” Pfizer said in a press release. The Biden administration also has the option to purchase up to 195 million additional doses — a total of 300 million doses.

“Vaccines have been and will remain critical to protecting people of all ages against COVID-19,” Pfizer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said in a statement. “We remain proud of our long-term partnership with the U.S. government in helping to address this pandemic, and of the ongoing impact of vaccination efforts in the U.S. and around the world.”

Under the new lucrative deal, the average price per dose is more than $30 — a roughly 65% increase from the $19.50 per dose price the U.S. government paid Pfizer in its initial contract.

According to Reuters, Pfizer has forecast COVID-19 vaccine sales of $32 billion this year, and the new contract should boost that number.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that the U.S. government has distributed roughly 450 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine since December 2020.

March 15, 2022

Pfizer: Fourth Booster Shot ‘Necessary’

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that a fourth COVID-19 shot is “necessary.”

“Right now, the way that we have seen, it is necessary, a fourth booster right now. The protection that you are getting from the third, it is good enough, actually quite good for hospitalizations and deaths,” Bourla said during an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation.

“It’s not that good against infections but doesn’t last very long. But we are just submitting those data to the FDA [Food and Drug Administration], and then we will see what the experts also will say outside Pfizer.”

Bourla said Pfizer aims to create a vaccine effective against all variants of COVID-19 for longer periods of time.

“We are working very diligently right now … to make not only a vaccine that will protect against all variants, including omicron, but also something that can protect for at least a year,” he said. “And if we be able to achieve that, then I think it is very easy to follow and remember so that we can go back to really the way used to live.”

On Saturday, Bourla told CNBC that his company plans to submit data for a fourth COVID-19 dose.

“It’s clear that there is a need in an environment of omicron to boost the immune response,” he said during an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box.


Pfizer planning to submit data on 4th Covid shot soon, while working on vaccine for all variants

March 8, 2022

Florida Recommends Against COVID Shots for Healthy Kids

Florida’s Department of Health is recommending against COVID-19 vaccinations for “healthy children,” officially contradicting the official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

State surgeon general Joseph Ladapo said Florida “is going to be the first state to officially recommend against the COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children.”

Ladapo’s comments came at the end of a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus response. He did not provide details on what qualifications would determine a healthy child.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was sitting next to Ladapo, added that there has been “a failure to weigh costs and benefits, whether that’s lockdowns, whether that’s school closures, or whether that’s even something about whether a healthy seven-year-old kid should get the COVID vaccines.”

The CDC recommends the coronavirus vaccine for everyone aged 5 and older.

Later, during a press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the Biden administration considers Florida’s move sound policy.

“Absolutely not,” Psaki replied.

“Let me just note that we know the science. We know the data and what works and what the most effective steps are in protecting people of a range of ages from hospitalization and even death. The FDA and CDC have already weighed in on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for those 5 and older,” she said.


Florida to advise against COVID-19 vaccine for healthy kids, contradicting CDC

February 27, 2022

Fox News Host Says COVID Vaccine Saved His Life

2012: Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor.

Fox News host Neil Cavuto returned to his show after an unexplained five-week absence, which had worried many viewers.

Cavuto told his Cavuto: Coast to Coast audience that his second bout of COVID-19 had landed him in the intensive care unit, where things were “touch and go” for some time.

The veteran anchor has multiple sclerosis and survived stage 4 cancer and open-heart surgery, meaning he’s one of the 3% of Americans with a weakened immune system who “cannot sustain the full benefits” of the COVID-19 vaccine.

But, he stressed, some defense was better than none.

“Let me be clear,” he said. “Doctors say had I not been vaccinated at all, I wouldn’t be here.”

Last October, Cavuto had his first bout with COVID-19 and received death threats after disclosing his diagnosis and urged viewers to get vaccinated.

Cavuto said that this time was a “far, far more serious strand, what doctors call COVID pneumonia” and that he was in the ICU for “quite a while.”

He had asked Fox to keep the illness private because he didn’t want to become the story — but felt he owed viewers an explanation for his prolonged absence. He also appeared to dismiss claims that his hospitalization was due to the vaccine itself, calling that a “grassy knoll theory.”

“Some of you who’ve wanted to put me out of my misery darn near got what you wished for,” he added.

“So, sorry to disappoint you! But no, the vaccine didn’t cause that … My very compromised immune system did.”


Lauding vaccines, Fox’s Neil Cavuto says a 2nd bout of COVID nearly killed him

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