Giving Shots in the Dark

October 22, 2021

Before sticking someone with an injection needle, you should be reasonably confident the results will be positive. That should be common sense, but the Biden administration has forgotten. In preparing to roll out vaccinations for children aged 5-11, the Biden administration has collected 28 million COVID vaccine doses. Not that the FDA has approved the vaccine for school-age children, but the Biden administration is ready to inject them as soon as the green light is given. When asked whether we know enough about the vaccine's effect on children yet, Brown University professor Dr. Andrew Bostom replied, "Absolutely not," was his reply.

COVID is "so rare in children," explained Bostom, that researchers can't gather enough data without employing "meaningless surrogates like, did the kid develop sniffles?" There certainly isn't enough data to have the confidence of a clinical trial. Additionally, "the limited data we have... tells us nothing about long term consequences," warned Bostom. Given the lack of reliable data, "there's certainly not consensus" in the medical community said Bostom. Yet the Biden administration seems determined to vaccinate children anyways, whether the science supports their effort or not.

In a letter published in the Boston Medical Journal, medical researchers in Canada, the U.S., and France present a sizable portfolio of arguments against vaccinating children. According to the CDC, an estimated 42 percent of children aged 5-17 had already contracted COVID by March 2021, and thus now have a stronger immune response than a vaccine could provide. Most children who contract COVID are asymptomatic, while, in a Pfizer trial, 3 in 4 children aged 12-15 years experienced negative side effects from the vaccine. The only conceivable benefit to vaccinating children, they conclude, is to protect adults from contracting COVID. Even then, "an extremely high number [of children] would need to be vaccinated in order to prevent one severe case." But, they argue, "it is ethically dubious to pursue a hypothetical protection of adults while exposing children to harms, known and unknown."

Sadly, "there's not enough dissenting voices to just slow down the momentum." This is surprising, as maximum-mandate magnate Anthony Fauci has now been caught in another lie; the National Institutes of Health have admitted that U.S. tax dollars were funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan laboratory, which Fauci denied early and often. Why would the U.S. government trust the word of a serial liar over scientists with untarnished reputations? It's all about power. Bostom agreed that the full weight of the cancel culture is brought down on scientists who dissent.

But the cancel culture axe doesn't just fall on scientists who oppose vaccine mandates. Vaccines were made available to the general public on a voluntary basis first, but once distribution stalled the mandates began. Last night, President Biden reiterated his support for cities to fire first responders who refuse to get the vaccine. (Local mandates save him the trouble of inventing a constitutional justification.) Vaccines will next be made available on a voluntary basis to children. How long before the vaccine is mandated for children?

Already the administration's attitude is that parents should rejoice that the government is finally here to save them. "I also think that parents across the country have been waiting for a vaccine for a long time," said U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. But surveys show only a third of parents want their kids vaccinated immediately. In California, parents have already begun keeping their children home from school in protest of Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed vaccine mandate for children. As petty tyrants begin to flex their power, the war over vaccinating children has only begun.