An Arizona doctor decried the push for COVID-19 vaccination after National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci criticized Missouri for not having a high enough vaccination rate.
Fauci recently called out Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, stating, “If you have a low level of vaccination, which certain sections of the state of Missouri have, you are going to see an increase in infections, which ultimately might lead to an increase in hospitalizations.”
Over half of Missouri’s adult population has completed vaccination, with 57 percent initiating vaccination. But these numbers are not as high as other states. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, Missouri ranks 39 in the nation for vaccine rates. By comparison, the most vaccinated state is Vermont, which currently has 67 percent of its population fully vaccinated.
Fauci painted a grim picture for Missouri and blamed “vaccine hesitancy” for a reported surge in Missouri COVID-19 cases, but not everyone in the medical profession agrees.
Dr. Jane Orient, an internist and president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness, expressed concerns over the current climate of the industry, the vaccine, and PCR test accuracy.
Regarding the data coming out of Missouri, Orient said, “There are reports of deaths, but then you look at the Department of Health and you see that statistics are going down. There is definitely a vaccine frenzy, and the question is what’s in it and why do they want everyone to take it?”
Similar concerns led America’s Frontline Doctors to sue to stop emergency authorization of the vaccines. In addition, White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted last week that the current administration is influencing the flow of information about vaccines on social media. A lawsuit has since been filed against Facebook regarding the issue.
Orient said the pressure to get vaccinated is “unprecedented from a medical perspective.”
“This is not the black plague. We have viral epidemics periodically and they do fade away. And this would have been no different if we didn’t have it counted on the news,” said Orient.
She is concerned that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pushing vaccines that have not been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have not finished clinical trials, and that the side effects are not being taken seriously.
A quick search on the passive Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a total of 425,951 adverse events and 4,587 deaths have been reported among Americans who had gotten a COVID-19 vaccine as of July 23. However, reports made on VAERS do not necessarily mean the vaccine caused the adverse effects or deaths.
While Fauci and the CDC declared that the vaccines are safe and effective, some doctors and parents are still concerned as all three COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers continue to collect safety data from their phase 3 trials.
Orient says the mRNA technology used in some of the shots is new and the long-term effects are unknown.
The inventor of mRNA vaccine technology, Dr. Robert Malone, said that the real numbers of adverse reactions from the vaccines may never be known.
“The problem is we don’t know how severe they are in general. What is the bell curve distribution for severity? What’s the incidence? Often the question is asked, why don’t we know? And the answer is because the FDA elected during this phase of emergency use authorization to not require that the drug manufacturers rigorously capture adverse events and efficacy signals,” Malone told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program.
He added, “So we end up relying on really outdated, antiquated systems that have been set up a decade or more ago for the most part or some systems that are self-reported like V-safe at the CDC. But those typically capture 1 percent of the events because they’re all self-reported.”
The FDA responded to a request for comment by offering their information regarding Emergency Use Authorizations granted to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, and the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. Their explanation does not conclude that the vaccines are safe or effective but that, “Clinical trials are evaluating investigational COVID-19 vaccines in tens of thousands of study participants to generate the scientific data and other information needed by FDA to determine safety and effectiveness.”
Variants and Information Suppression
Concerns about COVID-19 variants in Missouri led the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the University of Missouri (MU) to create The Sewershed Surveillance Project. This new science tracks virus genetic material in the wastewater and has detected variant strains as of their last testing update.
Orient explained how viruses often change and mutate, and that the current vaccines—like the flu shot—may not be as effective against any variant because they were not developed for those strands.
“That’s what viruses do. Will it be more lethal? Probably not. How effective are the vaccines? We don’t know,” Orient said.
A 2020 paper published in the NCBI concludes that “Ill-informed discussions of mutations thrive during virus outbreaks, including the ongoing spread of SARS-CoV-2. In reality, mutations are a natural part of the virus life cycle and rarely impact outbreaks dramatically.”
Orient said Fauci and the CDC’s approach to the pandemic has led her, among others, to mistrust their politics.
Neither Fauci’s NIH office nor the CDC responded to requests for comment.