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How good are the Covid-19 vaccines?

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Aside from the fact that the CFR for people unvaccinated against Covid-19 is about the same as the CFR for seasonal flu , there’s also the question of whether the vaccines are working as a population-wide solution.

That last point has to be emphasised because I don’t doubt that the vaccines are working to protect the population most at risk from the virus: people over the age of 70 and those with comorbidities.

But the question of widespread population protection is what this doctor addresses in this article, If the Vaccines Work, Why Aren’t They Working?, which starts with the usual disclaimers apparently required for such discussion now, even among MD’s:

This is the time when I must add the necessary disclaimer that I am not anti-vaccine, having been personally fully vaccinated almost a year ago. Nor am I offering medical advice, only an analysis of current news of COVID cases rising in many highly vaccinated locales, seemingly against common sense.

Some readers have asked why such a disclaimer is necessary. I am a practicing physician, although I don’t treat COVID patients, administer vaccines, or offer medical advice regarding COVID to my retina patients. But today, just having an opinion can be hazardous to one’s livelihood.

That’s because freedom of speech becomes very dangerous when a government is trying to save the lives of its people – just like in war. In that respect The War on Covid-19 appears to be travelling the same path as The War on Poverty (LBJ), The War on Drugs (Nixon), and The War on Terror (GWB):

The American Federation of Medical Specialists makes it clear, “Physicians who generate and spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation or disinformation are risking disciplinary action by state medical boards, including the suspension or revocation of their medical license.”

Hopefully asking thoughtful questions and observing how the medical authorities like Dr. Anthony Fauci have changed their own positions on vaccines is not considered “misinformation.” Or that citing the CDC and major news organizations won’t be considered “disinformation.”

With all that throat-clearing out of the way he takes a look at some recent bad news:

VAERS is the “Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.” From their website, one can compare adverse events from COVID vaccines from the past 11 months they have been available to adverse events from all vaccines for the past 30 years, 1990 and onward.

Note this is 11 months versus 30 years of side effects and in most categories, the cumulative cases are similar between the two groups, despite a 30-fold time difference of data recording. Of note, hospitalizations, deaths, permanent disabilities, and birth defects were greater for 11 months of COVID vaccines than they were for 30 years of all other types of vaccines – such as shingles, influenza, measles, mumps, hepatitis, and so on.

Perhaps all the anti-vaxxers have more incentive to report this time around? Except that filling out a VAERS report is not something that can be done without medical knowledge and takes a while (see the form here) and it’s done by healthcare providers. Also, filling out a false report is a Federal offence. It also voluntary, so this data is likely understated:

VAERS did their own analysis about ten years ago and found, “Fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported.” Their words, not mine.

Even then the question with any medical treatment is whether the benefits outweigh the costs, and I’m still of the opinion that – for the elderly and sick (and obese) – that is the case.

But as a society-wide solution? Increasingly I think the answer is no:

Does the real world agree and support the CDC’s optimism? Gibraltar is more than fully vaccinated, they are 118 percent vaccinated, meaning that many fully vaccinated have had booster injections too. Yet this headline doesn’t jive with CDC assertions, “Most vaccinated place on Earth told to cancel holiday plans amid an exponential rise in COVID cases.”

Pick another country: “93% vaccinated Ireland has gone into partial lockdown, including midnight curfew.” This recent headline too, “COVID surge in Singapore despite 80 percent vaccination.” Or from the U.K. where the Spectator reported, “The rates of Covid infection per 100,000 are now higher among the vaxxed than the unvaxxed.”

Closer to home it’s much the same, “Vermont has the highest vaccination rate in the country. So why are cases surging?” My home state of Colorado is singing from the same hymnal, “Colorado’s COVID hospitalizations jump again as virus’ statewide death toll surpasses 9,000.” Colorado’s 12 and up population is over 80 percent partially or fully vaccinated.

As he points out, none of these sources of reporting have been flagged as misinformation.

Just one last little news report that may have slipped by MSM-addicts:

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that the courts allow the agency to wait until the year 2076 to release all of the relevant documents regarding the approval of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

Fifty five years before we see all the data? From a public health agency?

Apparently the FDA is claiming that it’s due to having 329,000 pages of data and being only able to process 500 pages per month. That might be a fair argument were it not for one little thing:

Aaron Siri, a lawyer with the firm that is representing PHMPT (Public Health Medical Professionals for Transparency), said in a statement that “the FDA’s promise of transparency is, to put it mildly, a pile of illusions.”

“It took the FDA precisely 108 days from when Pfizer started producing the records for licensure to when the FDA licensed the Pfizer vaccine,” Siri continued. “Taking the FDA at its word, it conducted an intense, robust, thorough, and complete review and analysis of those documents in order to assure that the Pfizer vaccine was safe and effective for licensure. While it can conduct that intense review of Pfizer’s documents in 108 days, it now asks for over 20,000 days to make these documents available to the public.”

Written by Tom Hunter

November 29, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. Reblogged this on Utopia, you are standing in it! and commented:

    Jim Rose

    November 29, 2021 at 1:18 pm

  2. “the vaccines are working to protect the population most at risk from the virus: people over the age of 70 and those with comorbidities.” What evidence is there for this claim?

    I am age73. Nothing apart from brute force could make me take one of those toxic shots.


    November 29, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    • I’d say the evidence is the before-vax and after-vax death stats for those aged 70+.

      Now admittedly that could also be due to the usual harvesting effect of any virus, where the first and second waves, in the case of the now extinct Alpha variant, kill the most vulnerable, leaving alive those now protected by natural immunity. After all, even in that age group you’re going to have the vast majority survive, many of whom would not even know they had the virus, the prime difference between that age group and younger, healthier people being that the survival percentage is several times lower among the aged.

      But I’m not aware of any studies that have tried to account for that (seroprevalence in the aged), and in the case of the Delta variant you’ve got a mix of 70+ populations who have been vaccinated (usually 90%+) but who also survived the Alpha wave (see the point above).

      Tom Hunter

      November 29, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    • I’d say the evidence is the before-vax and after-vax death stats for those aged 70+.

      You can’t say anything Tom – the data is hopelessly compromised and doing a statistical analysis on compromised data is a wasted effort

      We live is a complex world which we barely understand but the bits we do comprehend comes from looking at it in a systematic way

      The first thing you have to do is rigorously define what a COVID death actually is – which would be the markers for the infection + viral pneumonia

      And you know as well as I that the definitions that have been used have been remarkably labile and have varied through time and geography according to political expediency

      Every year we have “flu” deaths, there are bad flu years and mild flue years and the reasons for this are multifactorial
      – one being the malignancy of the virus, another the weather, and yet another the size of the pool of people susceptible to viral pneumonia

      it is how these things interact with each other along with some other unknown drivers that will determine whether we get a good or bad “flu” year – this is Chaos Theory 101, we see the signature of Chaos in the annual flu statistics

      There are probably three things most people cannot get their heads around, randomness, chaos, which is related to randomness and their own mortality

      People want simple solutions and sometimes they are just not available and we have to muddle through

      It amazed me how quickly the idea that an as yet non existent vaccine was taken up as the solution to this problem while existing off the shelf panaceas with well known safety protocols suggested by clinicians treating real patients where dismissed out of hand by bureaucrats who actually never see, let alone treat flesh and blood patients

      In fact this is one of the many reasons for my deep distrust in the official narrative


      November 30, 2021 at 5:58 am

  3. Harry

    November 29, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    • Yes, Tom, let this go, but if anyone says anything mean about you lunge for the delete button. Yep, that’s the behaviour of an honest commentator who’s simply interested in getting to the truth.

      [MOD: You just don’t get it do you? Or you don’t want to? You can argue as much as you want but your arguments need to be actual “arguments”, preferably with links to back up your assertions rather than nothing more than:
      – one-line abuse of commentators. (argue why they’re wrong)
      – one-line dismissive abuse of their sources. (argue why they’re wrong)
      – abuse of the blog authors

      And drop the sock-puppet shit.
      Last chance]

      St Jude

      November 29, 2021 at 4:59 pm

  4. The graphene hydroxide acting like razor blades. Advice: take it easy until your body has a chance to flush the vax out of your blood. Heart and vein issues skyrocketing. Why athletes affected more.


    December 1, 2021 at 7:54 am

    • Is there any evidence that the body can flush out the toxic vaccine ingredients?


      December 1, 2021 at 1:40 pm

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