By Jefferey Jaxen

The High Wire

The corporate media is breathlessly chronicling a vaccine arms race against coronavirus. They’ve not done much to keep Americans up to date about the multiple oddities and inconsistencies that have emerged. 

For starters: Both the Lancet and New England Medical Journal (NEMJ)—fresh off being forced to retract fraudulent studies that attempted to debunk hydroxychloroquine—published reviews of coronaries vaccines from Moderna (U.S.) and Oxford (U.K.). 

Both vaccine-makers previously chose to release their science by press release, where it was easily and eagerly gobbled up and regurgitated by a long-neutered press too scared for their employment and funding to ever question an injectable medical product.

Then there’s Bill Gates, whose measured persona of Dr. Evil channeled through Mr. Rogers folded like a lawn chair under the softest of softball questions in a recent CBS interview about vaccine’s adverse reactions (or, harms).

Through all his bizarre and distracting hand waving, like a sorcerer missing his wand, Gates stumbled and flubbed his way through the interview. He finally managed to eke out a plaintive plea to authority, hinging coronavirus vaccine safety on FDA’s ‘gold standard.’ 

Ah yes. The FDA ‘gold standard.’ A ‘standard’ that, in the past, has allowed multiple fixtures of the childhood immunization schedule to be freely injected into American children with laughably limited safety testing windows. And by “laughable,” we mean “tragic.”

The two Hepatitis B vaccines licensed in the United States for newborns are Recombivax HB (Merck) and Engerix-B (GSK). Both were licensed based on clinical trials, which reviewed so-called solicited and unsolicited reactions for no longer than five days after vaccination.

April in the U.K., headlines reported Britain’s AstraZeneca would join forces with Oxford University in an effort to “accelerate the globalization of a vaccine,” according to their CEO. 

More recently, Reuters reported AstraZeneca was granted legal protection from future product liability claims related to its COVID-19 vaccine. This shocks no one who’s followed the long track record of poor vaccine safety science, and the refusal of manufacturers to stand behind their product. But that fact is one the corporate media keeps quite quiet, so share it with everyone you can.

“This is a unique situation where we as a company simply cannot take the risk if in … four years the vaccine is showing side effects,” Ruud Dobber, a member of Astra’s senior executive team, told Reuters

The report went on to explain:  

“E.U. officials told Reuters this week product liability was among contentious points in European efforts to secure supply deals for potential COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson. The United States, however, already has a law to exclude tort claims from products that help control a public-health crisis in the form of the 2005 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness, or PREP Act.”

While Moderna’s key leadership dumped all their stocks and cashed out, the NEJM reported on Moderna’s shot:

Across both vaccinations, solicited systemic and local adverse events occurred in more than half the participants. This included fatigue, chills, headache, myalgia, and pain at the injection site. Evaluation of safety clinical laboratory values of grade 2 or higher and unsolicited adverse events revealed no patterns of concern.”

The report continued:

Systemic adverse events were more common after the second vaccination, particularly with the highest dose, and three participants (21%) in the 250-μg dose group reported one or more severe adverse events.

Oxford’s shot didn’t fare much better with its early studies on rhesus monkeys. Its data was released in May. 

William Haseltine, writing for Forbes:

All of the vaccinated monkeys treated with the Oxford vaccine became infected when challenged, as judged by recovery of virus genomic RNA from nasal secretions. There was no difference in the amount of viral RNA detected from this site in the vaccinated monkeys, as compared to the unvaccinated animals. Which is to say, all vaccinated animals were infected.” (emphasis added)

Nevertheless, they proceeded with full speed to human safety, then efficacy trials. In late July, researchers from Oxford University and AstraZeneca released results from a Phase I/II trial. 

Even, an outlet regularly quick to discriminately label anyone who questions vaccine safety ‘anti-vax,’ was forced to write that both Moderna and Oxford’s trials were “not off to a good start.” Wired admitted, “The evidence so far suggests that we’re getting blinkered by these groups’ P.R., and so seduced by stories of their amazing speed that we’re losing track of everything else.” 

NIAID director and non-protest-opining Dr. Anthony Fauci continued to grandstand before Congress, however. Fauci claimed that only data from a randomized, placebo-controlled trial would be the gold standard to evaluate hydroxychloroquine. 

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