After analyzing data from a July 2021 Provincetown, Massachusetts COVID-19 outbreak where 74 percent of those infected and diagnosed were fully vaccinated,1 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last month that vaccinated individuals can become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and transmit it to others.2 Expressing “alarm” at this new information, the government agency in charge of protecting the public health doubled down on imperatives for a return to masking, including for the vaccinated, and more vaccination.3
Had the CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) been more transparent with the public from the beginning about exactly what was meant by “efficacy” in the Pfizer and Moderna experimental COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, the majority of the public would not have believed that getting vaccinated meant protection from being infected with and transmitting the virus to others. Most people who have been getting vaccinated have not been aware that to be granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA to distribute the experimental vaccines, all the vaccine manufacturers had to do was prove 50 percent efficacy in preventing serious COVID-19 symptoms and reducing the likelihood of serious complications, hospitalization and death – not prove that the vaccines actually prevent infection and transmission,4 5 6
When scientists and consumer protection watchdog groups pointed this out as these pharmaceutical companies published their clinical trial results in late 2020 and early 2021, they were censored for promoting “misinformation.” When scientists and pharmaceutical insiders, including a Nobel laureate, further warned that putting pressure on the virus with the vaccines might lead to mutations,7 they were dismissed as anti-vaxxers.8
When citizens expressed concern that human rights, civil liberties and informed consent would be trampled with mandates, tracking, and door-to-door visits they were laughed off as conspiracy theorists. When academics and researchers from venerable institutions expressed concern that PCR tests with cycle thresholds set so high that over 75 percent of the positives were in healthy people who were neither sick nor infectious,9 10 repeating the concerns got you booted off social media.
But increasingly, reality is clashing with “consensus science” thinking and the assumption that we can wage a war against a virus and win with a few red dots on the floor of the grocery line and by conducting a liability-free pharmaceutical experiment on our population that has no long-term safety or effectiveness track record. As Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said, “SARS-CoV-2 is not going away,” and we’ll have to live with it “forever”.11
The genie has been unleashed and will never go back in the bottle. We can look back and decide if funding bioweapon research is such a good idea (lab leak was another conspiracy theory faux fact checked and flagged as misinformation until it was found to have some merit)12 but, meanwhile, why not mount a counteroffensive?
Why is a public conversation about the metabolic disorders that make up the largest risk factor after age and which afflict a majority of our citizenry so off limits?13 14 15 It’s not that there’s no place in the arsenal for a vaccine that offers some protection from severe COVID-19 complications for those who take it, but any military strategist will tell you that putting all your eggs in one basket is not a wise practice.
Did you know that some physicians have successfully treated COVID patients in the community with already licensed drugs and holistic health therapies that help prevent hospitalizations and deaths from the disease? Do you find it curious that public health officials are not informing the public about those successes or sharing information about treatments that work? Do you find it odd that when physicians talk about how to help people clear the SARS-CoV-2 infection and heal without suffering complications, they are hounded and smeared?
It would seem that in the midst of a global pandemic that’s killed a lot of people and toppled economies, all contributions would be welcomed. If ever there was a head-scratcher, that’s it.
And why is the durable natural immunity gained from recovering from the infection such a bad thing? Are we really at a point in our evolution where we have no faith in the beautiful complexity of the human immune system that has continually adapted and responded to infectious microbes so well that the human race has survived for millennia?
If, based on the CDC’s newest revelation, you think the crumbling of the “effective” part of “safe and effective” is scary, just wait until “safe” comes under unbiased scrutiny. We haven’t begun to scientifically investigate the potential negative effects of the new genetically engineered COVID-19 vaccines on the human body.
Yesterday’s monster was Alpha. Today’s monster is Delta. Tomorrow it will be Gamma and Lambda and on and on until the pharmaceutical overlords completely consume their prey.
The outliers—the scientists, doctors, historians, human rights activists and informed consumers, who are exercising freedom of thought outside of the blinding groupthink of orthodoxy, continue to be voices that can point us to truth. What will it take for more people to listen?
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1 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections Including COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections Associated with Larger Public Gatherings – Barnstable County, Massachusetts, July 2021. MMWR Aug. 6, 2021; 70(31): 1059-1062.
2 Lovelace B. CDC study shows 74% of people infected in Massachusetts Covid outbreak were fully vaccinated. CNBC July 30, 2021.
3 Walker M. CDC Alarmed: 74% of Cases in Cape Cod Cluster Were Among the Vaxxed. Medpage Today July 30, 2021.
4 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. COVID-19: Developing Drugs and Biological Products for Treatment or Prevention: Guidance for Industry: Efficacy Endpoints (pg. 10-12). Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research February 2021 (supersedes document of same title issued by FDA on May 11, 2020).
5 FDA. Emergency Use Authorization Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19: Guidance for Industry. Bioassays of clinical endpoints (pg. 10). Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research May 25, 2021 (supercedes the guidance of the same title issued on Feb. 22, 2021 and October 2020).
6 Hendrie E. How Moderna Rigged Its COVID-19 Vaccine Trials To Falsely Show Effectiveness. Great Mountain Publishing Feb. 27, 2021.
7 Cáceres M. Coronavirus Spreading Among the Vaccinated in Highly Vaccinated Countries. The Vaccine Reaction July 25, 2021.
8 Stecklow S, MaCaskill A. The ex-Pfizer scientist who became an anti-vax hero. Reuters Mar. 18, 2021.
9 Mandavilli A. Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be. The New York Times Aug. 29, 2021.
10 Cáceres B. PCR Test for Coronavirus Questioned by Prominent Scientists. The Vaccine Reaction Dec. 16, 2020.
11 Lovelace B. Moderna CEO says the world will have to live with Covid ‘forever’. CNBC Jan. 13, 2021.
12 Sanders J. Why Is There Such Reluctance to Discuss Natural Immunity? The Vaccine Reaction June 6, 2021.
13 Puig-Domingo M, Marazuela M, Yildiz BO, Giustina A. COVID-19 and endocrine and metabolic diseases. An updated statement from the European Society of Endocrinology. Endocrine May 8, 2021: 1–16.
14 Yanai H. Metabolic Syndrome and COVID-19. Cardiol Res 2020 Dec. 11, 2020; (6): 360-365.
15 Demasi M. COVID-19 and metabolic syndrome: could diet be the key?. BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine 2020; 26(1).