Whenever I post any comment or story — no matter how innocuous or carefully contextualized — that suggests Covid vaccines may cause harm, someone is bound to say it is a proven fact that the vaccines are safe and effective. A member of the Jump-Up-And-Down-I’m-Right-Read-My-Bloody-Lips set will even rehearse the canard that there is “no evidence” that Covid vaccines cause harm. It is to reach, if possible, people of such a mind set that I share the link at the top of this post.
The focus of the video is quite narrow. The subject matter concerns only one of the several approved Covid-19 vaccine products, and the scope of the discussion applies only to methodological criticisms of the product clinical trials. Based on the video one cannot say categorically that the subject vaccine is unsafe or ineffective. But one can say:
a) The clinical trials failed to demonstrate safety and efficacy to a high degree of confidence, and
b) The trials produced direct evidence of vaccine harm, including death.
These two considerations are hugely significant in a number of ways. The most important in my view concerns the ethics of informed consent. A government that promotes, even mandates, the use of a particular drug has an ethical obligation to make the real risks of usage known to the users.
Almost equally important is that the early data hinted at the probability of long-term health risks, especially risks related to blood and heart disease, or immune system compromise, that may now be showing up in current data. Should this actualization be confirmed, the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines will have been the biggest failed biological experiment in history.
And then there’s the children. Enough said on that.
Putting aside all these considerations, I don’t fault the decision to authorize the Covid vaccines for public use, and I fully accept the proposition that the vaccines reduce the risk of infection and severe illness.
My beef is only with the know-nothings who repeat fantasy talking points. Propaganda is a worse virus than SARS-COV-2.