If you’re anything like me, prior to any major, potentially life altering decision you seek as much information possible to best adjudicate the risks vs rewards. Americans like to exclaim “my body my choice”, and while I fully echo that sentiment, I wonder how well equipped we are to handle some of the most precarious medical dilemmas. I embarked in my research concerning the various experimental, prophylactic pharmaceuticals currently available, in the hopes of finding clear concise delineations between risks, efficacy, and benefits concerning each of them vs taking none at all. Much to my chagrin, the tremendous lack of transparency I faced, rendered me far more questions than answers! Since I lack the answers I hoped to lay out for you, I will instead share a fraction of the questions that plague me. For the purposes of this article my focus will adhere to the three covid related injections currently offered in the United States.
Is there a need?
The first question that arose is why someone would take experimental drugs for a virus that according to the CDC has a survival rate of 99.997% in those ages 0-19; 99.98% for those 20-49; 99.5% for 50–69-year-olds; and 94.6% for those 70 years and older? (1) Moreover there’s a vast and growing range of treatments and therapeutics (2) that are proving tremendously successful, such as ivermectin, (3) monoclonal antibody, (4) remdesivir, (5) HCQ (6) and others. While the answer to this is quite complex as people’s logic varies greatly. Some believe the injections will bring a faster rate of herd immunity, and thus a return to “normal.” Some fear they are in a vulnerable population, and/or they may experience complications. Some fear the much talked about “vaccine passports” (7) thus hindering their freedom to travel, and destroying the basic quality of life, while others are feeling tremendous pressure from media, loved ones etc. As complex beings, there are a multitude of facets impacting our choices, and as Americans governed by a system that should protect our free will, we are currently blessed to make those choices regardless of the potential outcomes. Hopefully that will continue.
Despite zealous hopes that the vaccines will provide the antidote to these fears and concerns, I haven’t seen much evidence alluding to such. Fauci has advised “universal wearing of masks, maintaining physical distance, avoiding large crowds, doing more outdoor activities and washing hands frequently” post vaccination. He goes on to say, “even though, for the general population, it might be 90% to 95% effective, you don’t necessarily know, for you, how effective it is. Even at those success rates, about 5% to 10% of people immunized may still get the virus.” (8) Although there are looming threats from states like California,(9) and New York, (10) both the WHO (11) and the Biden administration have said they will not impose vaccine passports at this time. (12) Andy Slavitt stated “the government here is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of — of citizens. We view this as something that the private sector is doing and will do. What’s important to us, and we’re leading an interagency process right now to go through these details, are that some important criteria be met with these credentials.”
Are They Vaccines?
The CDC (13) maintains that “vaccines contain the same germs that cause disease. (For example, measles vaccine contains measles virus, and Hib vaccine contains Hib bacteria.) But they have been either killed or weakened to the point that they don’t make you sick. Some vaccines contain only a part of the disease germ. A vaccine stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first. This is what makes vaccines such powerful medicine. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.” If by definition, a vaccine contains live or attenuated viruses that inoculate the vaccinated person, why is the covid-19 virus not being used in any of the vaccines currently distributed? An attempt to answer that is perhaps deserving of another article entirely, but it’s worth examining the two type of experimental injections known as mRNA and viral vector vaccines, utilized by Moderna, Pfizer and Jensen (a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson). These are the three attainable types of COVID-19 vaccines in the USA.
The mRNA technology being offered by Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (14) and Moderna COVID-19 (15) have not been approved or licensed by the FDA to prevent COVID-19 and have only been authorized for the emergency use in individuals 16 and older for Pfizer and 18 and older for Moderna. Both companies’ websites indicate that despite being called “vaccines,” these treatments may not prevent you from contracting COVID-19. Pfizer (14) and Moderna (15) use similar technology known as mRNA consisting of both synthetic and enzymatically produced components from naturally occurring substances such as proteins, but neither contain any live virus cells. The premise is that these vaccines use genetic coding encased in a nano-lipid envelope, to bypass cells that would otherwise destroy the unrecognized code designed to teach our cells how to make a spike protein (16) that prompts an immune response. Unlike a traditional vaccine that immunizes you after a singular injection, these require multiple injections and have suggested they may require booster shots in 6 months or a year and thereafter since the injections are not likely to provide immunization much beyond 6 months. Moderna’s website refers to their technology not as a “vaccine”, but an “operating system, designed so that it can plug and play interchangeably with different programs. In our case, the “program” or “app” is our mRNA drug – the unique mRNA sequence that codes for a protein.” (15) Continuing they explain, “Our mRNA Medicines – The ‘Software of Life.’ Generally, the only thing that changes from one potential mRNA medicine to another is the coding region – the actual genetic code that instructs ribosomes to make protein. Utilizing these instruction sets gives our investigational mRNA medicines a software-like quality. We also have the ability to combine different mRNA sequences encoding for different proteins in a single mRNA investigational medicine.”
Many were optimistic at the prospect of J&J vaccine, believing it was not a form of gene therapy and it requires a singular injection. Studies have shown it to be much less effective at 66.3% efficacy in clinical trials. (17) J&J/ Janssen, like Moderna and Pfizer has not been approved by the FDA, with the exception of emergency use in adults over 18 years old. While the delivery mechanism varies from the mRNA it also delivers a genetic code to our cells, using a viral vector. “The viral vector acts as a delivery system, providing a means to invade the cell and insert the code for a different virus’ antigens (the pathogen you’re trying to vaccinate against).” (18) It uses an adenovirus to send the genetic message to our cells which then goes into the nucleus of our DNA to send a code. The primary difference between the technologies is one uses a synthetic mRNA to code genetic instructions while the viral vector uses DNA. (19)
Prior to any medical treatment the most significant deciding factor is often the potential risks. While the litany of potential risks is far too long to explicate in this article, I will do my best to outline some. Regarding prophylactic treatment for a virus with such a high survival rate, it’s worth investigating the survival rate of the treatments. As of April 5, 2021, the CDC (20) reported that 2,794 deaths were reported to VAERS following injections of the three experimental COVID-19 injections. It’s worth noting that only 1% of reactions are reported to VAERS. (21) From 2010 through the end of 2020, an entire decade spanning 11 years, there were a total of 2,588 deaths recorded following vaccines. This means reported deaths following vaccines during the first three months of 2021 have now exceeded total deaths for the past 11 years. (22) An analysis of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 (23) identified two potential risk factors for inducing prion disease in humans. The RNA sequence in the vaccine (24) contains sequences believed to induce TDP-43 and FUS to aggregate in their prion-based conformation leading to the development of common neurodegenerative diseases. It’s reasonable to suspect this may be a risk factor for all mRNA “vaccines”. In previous clinical trials attempts to vaccinate against SARS and MERS failed. (25) Cats, ferrets, monkeys, and rabbits each and every time experienced Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE), also known as pathogenic priming or a cytokine storm. (26) ADE or a cytokine storm occurs when the immune system creates an uncontrolled and often resulting in death. This same immune system overreaction took place in a number of infants in clinical trials who received an attempted RSV shot, as well as some six hundred Filipino children who died following early vaccination against Dengue. (27) There have been concerns of infertility linked for both men and women, particularly with mRNA technology. (28) Scientists have determined that the same spike protein found in SARS viruses are also responsible for the development of the placenta in mammals, including humans, and is therefore an essential prerequisite for a successful pregnancy. If a woman’s body is primed to attack these protein spikes, the immune system may prevent a placenta from being formed, which would render that woman infertile. (29) It seems daily, if not hourly, I am flooded with information of someone who has an adverse reaction ranging from the more, mild flu symptoms, to rashes, seizures and sites are being shut down due to an abnormally high rate of unexpected adverse effects, such as the Denver, Dick’s Sporting Goods. (30)
With such a prodigious predicament it’s curious that congress has set aside over $1.5 billion into a “vaccine confidence” campaign. (31) “With funding in large part from the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest nearly $10 billion to expand access to vaccines and better serve communities of color, rural areas, low-income populations, and other underserved communities in the COVID-19 response. This funding will expand access to vaccines for vulnerable populations and increase vaccine confidence across the country”. (32)
Medical freedom is sacrosanct and as American’s we must protect our rights to choose what risks we deem worthy for ourselves and loved ones. This dictates the first amendment being upheld so people have access to the information indispensable to decide.