Society
Robert Bridge
October 23, 2021
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It would be wise to heed the words from the Harvard team at a time when society is being increasingly divided between two warring camps.

As millions of U.S. workers are about to be made redundant in the wake of the Biden administration’s harsh vaccine mandate, a recent study by Harvard University, which appears to show no discernable link between people fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases, deserves a second look.

By all indications, there is a Cateogy-5 socio-economic hurricane barreling down on the United States, yet few people – least of all in the legacy media – are willing to talk about. Possibly as early as next week, U.S. companies with a workforce of 100 or more will be forced to ensure that its employees are vaccinated or regularly tested. Aside from forcing many companies to close their doors forever, the mandate is expected to affect the lives of some 80 million Americans, many of whom will opt to drop out of the workforce rather than be forced to submit to a medical intervention.

This week, the issue came to a head as Southwest Airlines was forced to back down on its demand that employees be vaccinated by December 8th as thousands of airline workers – including pilots, mechanics and crew members- went on sick leave simultaneously in a ‘silent strike’ against the mandate. The concerted labor action, which the mainstream media went to great pains to conceal, resulted in the cancellation of thousands of flights.

Meanwhile, in the background of this intensifying labor crisis, compounded by severe breaks in the supply chain, are disturbing reports that Pfizer, the Manhattan-based pharmaceutical giant, is enjoying unprecedented legal privileges when it comes to negotiating the use of its product with foreign governments.

According to Transparency International, a London-based watchdog, out of Pfizer’s 73 international deals involving the Covid-19 vaccine, only five contracts have been formally published by governments – and these with “significant redactions.”

Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, revealed contracts that required governments “‘to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Pfizer’ from and against any and all suits, claims, actions, demands, damages, costs and expenses related to vaccine intellectual property.”

Why the massive veil of secrecy to protect Big Pharma, which stands to earn tens of billions of dollars off of vaccine sales in 2021 alone, if the cure was truly safe and effective?

This is where a healthy injection of scientific inquiry and second opinion would be most welcomed, not only to check the overreaching power of government in our daily lives, but to demonstrate the very real limitations of a draconian vaccine mandate in the fight against the coronavirus.

Presently, the media has been cultivating the narrative that any surge of new coronavirus cases in the United States is being driven by areas with low vaccination rates. If the ‘anti-vaxxers’ would just roll up their sleeves for the jab, the argument goes, we could finally get back to some semblance of normalcy. But does that prescribed cure bear any relationship with scientific truth? Are vaccines alone making a significant dent against the pandemic? A recent study put out by Harvard University appears to turn that wishful thinking on its head.

Despite the non-stop hype about the need for every single person on the planet to receive a vaccine before it’s safe to venture outdoors again, Harvard researchers dispelled that notion in one fell swoop when they wrote: “At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days.” The very next line is no less shocking: “In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.”

By way of example, consider the current conundrum involving Iceland and Portugal. Despite the fact that both of these countries have over 75 percent of their population fully vaccinated, they have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than other much-less vaccinated countries, like Vietnam and South Africa, where just 10 percent of the populations are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, tiny Israel, with over 60 percent of their population fully vaccinated, registered in September the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. These statistics fly smack in the face of media-inculcated convention.

The very same unexpected trend was detected inside of the United States, which is on the verge of falling to authoritarian thinking. Of the top five counties that have the highest percentage of population fully vaccinated (99.9–84.3 percent), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies four of them as “high” transmission zones. Conversely, the researchers showed that of the 57 counties classified as “low” transmission counties by the CDC, 26.3 percent (15) have percentage of population fully vaccinated below 20 percent.

In light of these findings, the researchers were forced to conclude that they detected “no significant signaling of COVID-19 cases decreasing with higher percentages of population fully vaccinated.”

In its interpretation of these findings, the researchers said that the current reliance on vaccines as a primary strategy to mitigate COVID-19 and its adverse consequences “needs to be re-examined, especially considering the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant and the likelihood of future variants.” It’s important to emphasize this was not a call to shelve the vaccines, but rather to use them in combination with other “pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.”

“Such course correction,” the researchers write, “becomes paramount with emerging scientific evidence on real world effectiveness of the vaccines.”

In closing, it would be wise to heed the words from the Harvard team at a time when society is being increasingly and unnecessarily divided between two warring camps – the vaccinated and the vaccinated.

“In summary, even as efforts should be made to encourage populations to get vaccinated it should be done so with humility and respect. Stigmatizing populations can do more harm than good. Importantly, other non-pharmacological prevention efforts (e.g., the importance of basic public health hygiene with regards to maintaining safe distance or hand washing, promoting better frequent and cheaper forms of testing) needs to be renewed in order to strike the balance of learning to live with COVID-19 in the same manner we continue to live a 100 years later with various seasonal alterations of the 1918 Influenza virus.”

That seems to be sound scientific advice we can all live with, without destroying our societies and economies in the process.

As Harvard Study Reveals Limits of Mandatory Vaccine Regime, Joe Biden Should Let Americans Decide Their Own Fate

It would be wise to heed the words from the Harvard team at a time when society is being increasingly divided between two warring camps.

As millions of U.S. workers are about to be made redundant in the wake of the Biden administration’s harsh vaccine mandate, a recent study by Harvard University, which appears to show no discernable link between people fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases, deserves a second look.

By all indications, there is a Cateogy-5 socio-economic hurricane barreling down on the United States, yet few people – least of all in the legacy media – are willing to talk about. Possibly as early as next week, U.S. companies with a workforce of 100 or more will be forced to ensure that its employees are vaccinated or regularly tested. Aside from forcing many companies to close their doors forever, the mandate is expected to affect the lives of some 80 million Americans, many of whom will opt to drop out of the workforce rather than be forced to submit to a medical intervention.

This week, the issue came to a head as Southwest Airlines was forced to back down on its demand that employees be vaccinated by December 8th as thousands of airline workers – including pilots, mechanics and crew members- went on sick leave simultaneously in a ‘silent strike’ against the mandate. The concerted labor action, which the mainstream media went to great pains to conceal, resulted in the cancellation of thousands of flights.

Meanwhile, in the background of this intensifying labor crisis, compounded by severe breaks in the supply chain, are disturbing reports that Pfizer, the Manhattan-based pharmaceutical giant, is enjoying unprecedented legal privileges when it comes to negotiating the use of its product with foreign governments.

According to Transparency International, a London-based watchdog, out of Pfizer’s 73 international deals involving the Covid-19 vaccine, only five contracts have been formally published by governments – and these with “significant redactions.”

Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, revealed contracts that required governments “‘to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Pfizer’ from and against any and all suits, claims, actions, demands, damages, costs and expenses related to vaccine intellectual property.”

Why the massive veil of secrecy to protect Big Pharma, which stands to earn tens of billions of dollars off of vaccine sales in 2021 alone, if the cure was truly safe and effective?

This is where a healthy injection of scientific inquiry and second opinion would be most welcomed, not only to check the overreaching power of government in our daily lives, but to demonstrate the very real limitations of a draconian vaccine mandate in the fight against the coronavirus.

Presently, the media has been cultivating the narrative that any surge of new coronavirus cases in the United States is being driven by areas with low vaccination rates. If the ‘anti-vaxxers’ would just roll up their sleeves for the jab, the argument goes, we could finally get back to some semblance of normalcy. But does that prescribed cure bear any relationship with scientific truth? Are vaccines alone making a significant dent against the pandemic? A recent study put out by Harvard University appears to turn that wishful thinking on its head.

Despite the non-stop hype about the need for every single person on the planet to receive a vaccine before it’s safe to venture outdoors again, Harvard researchers dispelled that notion in one fell swoop when they wrote: “At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days.” The very next line is no less shocking: “In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.”

By way of example, consider the current conundrum involving Iceland and Portugal. Despite the fact that both of these countries have over 75 percent of their population fully vaccinated, they have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than other much-less vaccinated countries, like Vietnam and South Africa, where just 10 percent of the populations are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, tiny Israel, with over 60 percent of their population fully vaccinated, registered in September the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. These statistics fly smack in the face of media-inculcated convention.

The very same unexpected trend was detected inside of the United States, which is on the verge of falling to authoritarian thinking. Of the top five counties that have the highest percentage of population fully vaccinated (99.9–84.3 percent), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies four of them as “high” transmission zones. Conversely, the researchers showed that of the 57 counties classified as “low” transmission counties by the CDC, 26.3 percent (15) have percentage of population fully vaccinated below 20 percent.

In light of these findings, the researchers were forced to conclude that they detected “no significant signaling of COVID-19 cases decreasing with higher percentages of population fully vaccinated.”

In its interpretation of these findings, the researchers said that the current reliance on vaccines as a primary strategy to mitigate COVID-19 and its adverse consequences “needs to be re-examined, especially considering the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant and the likelihood of future variants.” It’s important to emphasize this was not a call to shelve the vaccines, but rather to use them in combination with other “pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.”

“Such course correction,” the researchers write, “becomes paramount with emerging scientific evidence on real world effectiveness of the vaccines.”

In closing, it would be wise to heed the words from the Harvard team at a time when society is being increasingly and unnecessarily divided between two warring camps – the vaccinated and the vaccinated.

“In summary, even as efforts should be made to encourage populations to get vaccinated it should be done so with humility and respect. Stigmatizing populations can do more harm than good. Importantly, other non-pharmacological prevention efforts (e.g., the importance of basic public health hygiene with regards to maintaining safe distance or hand washing, promoting better frequent and cheaper forms of testing) needs to be renewed in order to strike the balance of learning to live with COVID-19 in the same manner we continue to live a 100 years later with various seasonal alterations of the 1918 Influenza virus.”

That seems to be sound scientific advice we can all live with, without destroying our societies and economies in the process.

It would be wise to heed the words from the Harvard team at a time when society is being increasingly divided between two warring camps.

As millions of U.S. workers are about to be made redundant in the wake of the Biden administration’s harsh vaccine mandate, a recent study by Harvard University, which appears to show no discernable link between people fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases, deserves a second look.

By all indications, there is a Cateogy-5 socio-economic hurricane barreling down on the United States, yet few people – least of all in the legacy media – are willing to talk about. Possibly as early as next week, U.S. companies with a workforce of 100 or more will be forced to ensure that its employees are vaccinated or regularly tested. Aside from forcing many companies to close their doors forever, the mandate is expected to affect the lives of some 80 million Americans, many of whom will opt to drop out of the workforce rather than be forced to submit to a medical intervention.

This week, the issue came to a head as Southwest Airlines was forced to back down on its demand that employees be vaccinated by December 8th as thousands of airline workers – including pilots, mechanics and crew members- went on sick leave simultaneously in a ‘silent strike’ against the mandate. The concerted labor action, which the mainstream media went to great pains to conceal, resulted in the cancellation of thousands of flights.

Meanwhile, in the background of this intensifying labor crisis, compounded by severe breaks in the supply chain, are disturbing reports that Pfizer, the Manhattan-based pharmaceutical giant, is enjoying unprecedented legal privileges when it comes to negotiating the use of its product with foreign governments.

According to Transparency International, a London-based watchdog, out of Pfizer’s 73 international deals involving the Covid-19 vaccine, only five contracts have been formally published by governments – and these with “significant redactions.”

Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, revealed contracts that required governments “‘to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Pfizer’ from and against any and all suits, claims, actions, demands, damages, costs and expenses related to vaccine intellectual property.”

Why the massive veil of secrecy to protect Big Pharma, which stands to earn tens of billions of dollars off of vaccine sales in 2021 alone, if the cure was truly safe and effective?

This is where a healthy injection of scientific inquiry and second opinion would be most welcomed, not only to check the overreaching power of government in our daily lives, but to demonstrate the very real limitations of a draconian vaccine mandate in the fight against the coronavirus.

Presently, the media has been cultivating the narrative that any surge of new coronavirus cases in the United States is being driven by areas with low vaccination rates. If the ‘anti-vaxxers’ would just roll up their sleeves for the jab, the argument goes, we could finally get back to some semblance of normalcy. But does that prescribed cure bear any relationship with scientific truth? Are vaccines alone making a significant dent against the pandemic? A recent study put out by Harvard University appears to turn that wishful thinking on its head.

Despite the non-stop hype about the need for every single person on the planet to receive a vaccine before it’s safe to venture outdoors again, Harvard researchers dispelled that notion in one fell swoop when they wrote: “At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days.” The very next line is no less shocking: “In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.”

By way of example, consider the current conundrum involving Iceland and Portugal. Despite the fact that both of these countries have over 75 percent of their population fully vaccinated, they have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than other much-less vaccinated countries, like Vietnam and South Africa, where just 10 percent of the populations are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, tiny Israel, with over 60 percent of their population fully vaccinated, registered in September the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. These statistics fly smack in the face of media-inculcated convention.

The very same unexpected trend was detected inside of the United States, which is on the verge of falling to authoritarian thinking. Of the top five counties that have the highest percentage of population fully vaccinated (99.9–84.3 percent), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies four of them as “high” transmission zones. Conversely, the researchers showed that of the 57 counties classified as “low” transmission counties by the CDC, 26.3 percent (15) have percentage of population fully vaccinated below 20 percent.

In light of these findings, the researchers were forced to conclude that they detected “no significant signaling of COVID-19 cases decreasing with higher percentages of population fully vaccinated.”

In its interpretation of these findings, the researchers said that the current reliance on vaccines as a primary strategy to mitigate COVID-19 and its adverse consequences “needs to be re-examined, especially considering the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant and the likelihood of future variants.” It’s important to emphasize this was not a call to shelve the vaccines, but rather to use them in combination with other “pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.”

“Such course correction,” the researchers write, “becomes paramount with emerging scientific evidence on real world effectiveness of the vaccines.”

In closing, it would be wise to heed the words from the Harvard team at a time when society is being increasingly and unnecessarily divided between two warring camps – the vaccinated and the vaccinated.

“In summary, even as efforts should be made to encourage populations to get vaccinated it should be done so with humility and respect. Stigmatizing populations can do more harm than good. Importantly, other non-pharmacological prevention efforts (e.g., the importance of basic public health hygiene with regards to maintaining safe distance or hand washing, promoting better frequent and cheaper forms of testing) needs to be renewed in order to strike the balance of learning to live with COVID-19 in the same manner we continue to live a 100 years later with various seasonal alterations of the 1918 Influenza virus.”

That seems to be sound scientific advice we can all live with, without destroying our societies and economies in the process.

The views of individual contributors do not necessarily represent those of the Strategic Culture Foundation.

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The views of individual contributors do not necessarily represent those of the Strategic Culture Foundation.