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Good For Profits, Bad For Kids: The CDC’s Recommendation to Vaccinate 6-Month-Old Babies Highly Problematic, Here’s Why

BY Jennifer Margulis and Joe Wang TIMEJune 22, 2022 PRINT

On Saturday, June 18, just in time for Father’s Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a media statement recommending that “all children 6 months through 5 years of age should receive a COVID-19 vaccine.” The statement continues: “This expands eligibility for vaccination to nearly 20 million additional children.”

“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against COVID-19,” CDC Direction Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky told the public.

“We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can. I encourage parents and caregivers with questions to talk to their doctor, nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the benefits of vaccinations and the importance of protecting their children by getting them vaccinated.”

Recommended by the CDC, Mandated by Each State

In the United States, the CDC makes recommendations and then each state implements them.

However, health in the United States is the purview of the state, not the federal government. So parents are told they “must” get vaccines by the state in order for their child to go to daycare or attend school. At the same time, every state in the United States allows for medical exemptions—if a child cannot safely get vaccinated, a doctor can certify that the child is medically exempt.

In addition, all states except five (California, Maine, Mississippi, New York, and West Virginia) also allow for religious exemptions to vaccines. Some religions, like the Church of Christ Scientist, prioritize prayer over vaccination. Many, if not most, Old-Order Amish choose to put their faith in God’s will in times of illness. The majority of America’s 350,000 Amish choose to do very few or no vaccines.

Some Orthodox Jews and Conservative Christians object to the COVID-19 vaccinations, and others like them, because all of these vaccines available were developed using cell lines grown on aborted fetal tissue.

Vaccines to protect against chickenpox, rubella, hepatitis A, and rabies are also made using human fetal cells, according to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania’s Vaccine Education Center.

For others, the religious objection to vaccination is based on the biblical passage from Corinthians that the “body is a temple” that should not be desecrated by preventative pharmaceutical products, which contain small amounts of known carcinogens, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and ingredients (pdf) like canine kidney cell protein, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, and bovine serum albumin.

Safety Matters

Each vaccine on the CDC childhood vaccination schedule is safety tested individually.

No testing is done, however, on the schedule as a whole to see if it is safe to administer multiple vaccinations at the same well baby visit.

The CDC asserts that “COVID-19 vaccines have undergone—and will continue to undergo—the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.”

But there has been no research—none—on whether giving babies, toddlers, and small children a series of COVID-19 vaccines in addition to the other vaccines already on the schedule is safe.

At the same time, however, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows that over-vaccinated children suffer from poor health outcomes. For example, the more highly vaccinated the country, the higher rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, according to a peer-reviewed study published in 2011 in the journal Human & Experimental Toxicology.

Furthermore, a 2017 study of homeschooled children uncovered that vaccinated children had higher incidents of allergies, ear infections, neurodevelopmental disorders, and pneumonia than unvaccinated children.

Another study, published in 2020, found that unvaccinated children were healthier than their vaccinated counterparts on nearly every index. This study created such an uproar in the scientific community, however, that the journal retracted it eight months later.

Still, a 2021 study published in the Journal of Translational Science similarly found that fully and partially vaccinated children had higher rates of asthma, attention disorders, autism, gastrointestinal problems, ear infections, and severe allergies than their unvaccinated peers.

Despite the CDC’s assertion to the contrary, scientific researchers and doctors are concerned about the many post-market COVID-19 safety signals that they are seeing.

Vaccine injuries documented in the scientific literature include myocarditis, tinnitus, Bell’s palsy, and thrombocytopenia, among others.

The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) “is passive surveillance system known to significantly underreport adverse reactions,” said Dr. Reni Moon, a pediatrician who is board certified in pediatric hospital medicine and pediatrics. “Yet it has literally blown up with individual reports at unprecedented levels. Despite this, injections are still described as ‘safe and effective’ on regulatory agency websites and in daily email letters to physicians and other health care professionals,” Moon said.

At the same time, Moon said, her doctor colleagues “are scared to report what they’re seeing in practice.”

She explained: “They’re threatened, told not to provide ‘misinformation.’ Misinformation is anything that deviates from the policy/narrative coming from regulatory agencies. We’re all facing threats of job loss, revocation of our medical licenses, loss of reputation with our peers.”

Moon said that her concern over the lack of necessity and efficacy of these COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the harm they have already caused, has made it impossible for her to remain silent, despite being a self-described “pro-vaccine” doctor who has always encouraged parents to follow the CDC schedule for their children.

“Alarm bells are ringing like crazy, telling us that some of our children have serious issues with these products,” she said. “When loud alarms are ringing, you don’t silence them and pretend that they aren’t making all that noise. The answer is not to say, ‘You aren’t hearing any alarms.’ Yet that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Dr. Robert Verkerk, Ph.D., founder of the Alliance for Natural Health International, has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles relating to health, agriculture and the environment, is also concerned about “disastrous long-term consequences for some children” that may result after exposure to the spike protein via vaccines.

Verkerk, who is based in the United Kingdom and co-authored a study with an international team of researchers, “Self-reported outcomes, choices and discrimination among a global COVID-19 unvaccinated cohort,” which is available as a pre-print, told The Epoch Times via email that parents who think their kids should get the vaccine have been misled.

“There could be disastrous long-term consequences for some children if they are exposed to the spike protein via the vaccine before they are exposed to circulating coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, that would otherwise result in broader-based, more robust naturally-acquired immunity,” Verkerk wrote.

“Mechanisms that should be of grave concern to any health professional … include original antigenic sin, antibody dependent enhancement (ADE), disrupted innate immune training and suppression of cytotoxic (CD4+ and CD8+) T cells. These are not areas with which members of the public, unless they have a keen interest in immunology, are likely to be familiar.”

Put more simply, Verkerk and his team are concerned that the vaccines may actually compromise the immune system, making it harder for children who are vaccinated to survive a subsequent infection.

Another concern, reported in the New York Times, is that a small group of people may have a “genetic flaw” that cripples a very important immune molecule: interferon type I.

What the New York Times failed to report, however, is that the COVID-19 vaccines themselves may actually cripple interferon type 1, which was one of the findings in a peer-reviewed scientific study, “Innate immune suppression by SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccinations: The role of G-quadruplexes, exosomes, and MicroRNAs,” published this month in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.

Sweden: No Vaccines For Children

In the United Kingdom parents of children over the age of 5 are being advised to give their children the vaccine.

However, the independent advisory committee that advises the health departments on immunizations in the United Kingdom, JCVI, is not pushing for children under the age of 5 to be vaccinated.

Verkerk told us this is presumably because committee members don’t recognize the clinical need, know that there is not sufficient data to show that the vaccines would benefit this age group, and might find it difficult to deliver the necessary information to ensure informed consent by parents or guardians.

Health authorities in Sweden, a country that has consistently taken a child-forward approach during the pandemic, do not recommend any COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 11.

“…[W]e don’t see any clear benefit with vaccinating them,” Britta Bjorkholm, said at a news conference in January.

Finland’s public health agency also has not explicitly recommended the vaccine for healthy children ages 5 to 11, choosing, instead, to promote vaccines for this age group for immune-compromised children or children who live in high-risk households only.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has also stopped short of recommending COVID-19 vaccines to children 11 and under. Their public health handouts, available in English, concede that “COVID-19 is rarely harmful for children,” and that “Having COVID-19 gives as good protection as the vaccine against reinfection,” but also specify that, “Some children may still benefit from the vaccine.”

Furthermore, even the World Health Organization, as of this writing, does not explicitly recommend any of the 10 available brands of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years old.

What About Israel?

Israel, one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, is currently dealing with unprecedented numbers of COVID cases, including severe illness and hospitalization.

While many consider this to suggest that the vaccine campaign is not working as it should, now that the United States recommends the vaccine for children under five, Israel health authorities are expected to follow suit, Israeli news sources report.

Is ‘Science’ or Money Leading the Charge to Vaccinate Children?

The COVID pandemic has proved a boon to the pharmaceutical industry. Pfizer’s earnings have been projected to top $100 billion, more than any other country in the history of the pharmaceutical industry, according to Fierce Pharma And that’s just one company.

“When you try to vaccinate virtually every human being on the planet, regardless of age, especially with vaccines that deliver only short-term benefits at best—so they need to be delivered more than once annually—the market is vast,” Verkerk pointed out.

The Biden administration has announced that it has 10 million doses of the vaccine for babies and small children ready to go.

Vaccine prices vary widely, but it has been reported that Pfizer charges $19.50 per dose of the COVID vaccine.

Pfizer posted $25.7 billion in earning for the first three months of 2022 alone. The company reported growing by 82 percent, largely due to what the industry calls its “COVID assets.”

This current CDC recommendation of vaccinating 20 million “children 6 months through 5 years of age” would add about $780,000,000 per year to the industry.

In addition, some 3,600,000 babies are born in the United States each year. If all these children were vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two times a year with their shot, Pfizer would stand to earn some $70,200,000 every six months, or $140,400,000 a year.

But that’s not all. This same company makes a medication to treat COVID, Paxlovid, which has earned them enormous profits as well. Indeed, the company recently estimated that it will earn some $22 billion from the anti-viral.

“It’s a brilliant business model,” said Dr. Cammy Benton, an integrative family physician based in Huntersville, North Carolina, who does not advise parents to give babies or small children this vaccine. “Make a medicine that fails and make the medicine to treat the medicine that failed and then you can charge for both. They win big. But you know who loses? Our kids.”

Correction: Two instances that mentioned studies comparing the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children erroneously referred to the unvaccinated peer group as vaccinated. This refers to the “2017 study” and “2021 study” mentioned in the article. The article has been updated. The Epoch Times regrets the error. 

Correction: The 3,600,000 babies figure in the third to last paragraph included an errant and extra number after the figure. The figure has been corrected. The Epoch Times regrets the error. 

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Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist and author of “Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family.” A Fulbright awardee and mother of four, she has worked on a child survival campaign in West Africa, advocated for an end to child slavery in Pakistan on prime-time TV in France, and taught post-colonial literature to non-traditional students in inner-city Atlanta. Learn more about her at JenniferMargulis.net
Joe Wang
Joe Wang, Ph.D., was a Molecular Biologist with more than 10 years of experience in the vaccine industry. He is now the president of New Tang Dynasty TV (Canada), and a columnist for the Epoch Times.
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