Legislatures and Courts Pushing Back at Governors Over COVID Orders
As the CDC's infection fatality rate for COVID-19 trends sharply downward, to .25%, human trials for Moderna's mRNA-1273 vaccine have resulted in three out of 15, twenty percent, of one group getting seriously ill. The volunteers experienced reactions involving their whole bodies, classified as "serious" adverse events. "Serious" adverse events are reactions which require hospitalization or medical intervention.
An infection fatality rate of .25% means the survival rate of all people who get COVID-19 is about 99.8%, versus flu at about 99.9%
Moderna is one of the Trump administration's "Operation Warp Speed" companies which is receiving billions in federal funds to develop a COVID vaccine, possibly by this October, a controversial time-frame. At the same time, state legislatures and state courts have taken the lead in over-riding governors' mandates that opponents say are overly broad and far-reaching.
Most experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, say a safe vaccine cannot be developed in under 12 to 18 months. But the FDA has granted drug companies special exemptions from the usually long and arduous process of conducting animal trials.
"the most notable adverse events were seen at the 250 µg dose level, comprising three participants with grade 3 systemic symptoms, only following the second dose."
After one of the volunteers' second dose, the medical journal StatNews.com reported that the volunteer:
"started to get chills...His fingertips felt cold. He fell asleep, but woke up a few hours later with a raging fever. At 1:30 a.m., his temperature was 103.2 degrees. At 3:45, it was 103 degrees. He was nauseous, and his muscles hurt."
After being treated in a nearby urgent care unit, given Tylenol, and offered admission to a nearby hospital, the participant decided to head home.
"He and his girlfriend arrived home at 7 a.m., and he slept until noon. His temperature was 101.5. He got up to go to the bathroom, and became so nauseous he threw up. On his way back from the bathroom, he fainted. His girlfriend caught him and kept his head from hitting the floor."
Peter Hotez, the dean of Baylor University's National School of Tropical Medicine, told National Geographic the 18-month timeline "would be absolutely unprecedented."
Of the Moderna setbacks, William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said that side effects may be "noteworthy, but it doesn't stop the train."
"DoD and HHS announced a $138 million contract with ApiJect for more than 100 million prefilled syringes for distribution across the United States by year-end 2020, as well as the development of manufacturing capacity for the ultimate production goal of over 500 million prefilled syringes in 2021."
"Responding to President Trump's call to develop 300 million doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine by January under Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and AstraZeneca are collaborating to make available at least 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine called AZD1222, with the first doses delivered as early as October 2020."
Moderna has expressed hope that a vaccine could be ready by the end of this year, or even sooner. Another company, Pfizer, has projected that its vaccine will be ready for use by the end of October.
"There has never been a vaccine for any coronavirus. And many vaccine developers have based their designs on previous research into other coronaviruses, like SARS or MERS, which share genetic similarities with SARS-CoV-2, but differences as well. Much still remains unknown about the novel coronavirus, and how our bodies respond to infection."
Writing for Nature Magazine, Shibo Jiang, professor of virology at the School of Basic Medical Sciences, Fudan University, China, and at the New York Blood Center, New York, says:
"I have worked to develop vaccines and treatments for coronaviruses since 2003, when the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak happened. In my view, standard protocols are essential for safeguarding health. Before allowing use of a COVID-19 vaccine in humans, regulators should evaluate safety with a range of virus strains and in more than one animal model...Work with the SARS virus shows that worrying immune responses were seen in ferrets and monkeys, but not in mice."
"COVID-19, like other coronaviruses, is expected to mutate at least every season, raising serious questions about claims that any vaccine will work. A successful vaccine has never been developed for any of the many strains of coronaviruses, due to the nature of the virus itself; and vaccinated people can have a higher chance of serious illness and death when later exposed to another strain of the virus, a phenomenon known as ‘virus interference.' An earlier SARS vaccine never made it to market because the laboratory animals it was tested on contracted more serious symptoms on re-infection, and most of them died."
Deaths may not happen immediately, but in a following season upon exposure to a wild virus.
"Scientists first attempted to develop coronavirus vaccines after China's 2002 SARS-CoV outbreak. Teams of US & foreign scientists vaccinated animals with the four most promising vaccines. At first, the experiment seemed successful as all the animals developed a robust antibody response to coronavirus. However, when the scientists exposed the vaccinated animals to the wild virus, the results were horrifying. Vaccinated animals suffered hyper-immune responses including inflammation throughout their bodies, especially in their lungs. Researchers had seen this same "enhanced immune response" during human testing of the failed RSV vaccine tests in the 1960s. Two children died."
Little noted in almost all debate about COVID vaccines is the abject animal cruelty involved in experiments.
In a profile by Science Magazine of Patrick Soon-Shiong, a South-African-American billionaire-scientist whose vaccine candidate has been selected by Trump's Operation Warp Speed, the magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, contends that Soon-Shiung's COVID vaccine could increase susceptibility to HIV infection.
In all of these biotech companies and others, billionaire and vaccination proponent Bill Gates has purchased stock, given financial support to, or both. The Wall Street Journal has in the past reported:
"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has purchased shares in nine big pharmaceutical companies valued at nearly $205 million - an investment likely to attract attention more for its symbolism than its size....With its investment in Merck & Co., Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson and others, the foundation has a financial interest in common with makers of AIDS drugs, diagnostic tools, vaccines and other drugs."
In recent weeks, the CDC's estimated case mortality rate for COVID-19, which includes both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases, has plunged to a rate close to the common flu, which is .1% When the national state of emergency was declared in March, US health authorities said they believed the mortality rate might be as high as 6%, leading to ominous warnings of over 2 million dead in the US.
The warnings turned out to be unfounded, and the Imperial College professor whose model was used as the basis for the warnings has since been called "one of the most wrong" scientists, by other scientists.
According to Kennedy Jr. of Children's Health Defense, Moderna appears to be less than forthcoming about problems exposed by its trials.
"Moderna's press release was the first I learned of the 3 [adverse events] in the high dose group."
Kennedy Jr. writes:
"Moderna encouraged the volunteer to appear on TV to declare Moderna's COVID vaccine trials a success. On May 7, the volunteer told CNN's Sanjay Gupta about his reactions in a pre-interview. The two men agreed to keep the adverse events secret when he went on air."
Kennedy Jr. rejects the term "anti-vaxxer," which is often leveled against him, as an inaccurate description of his views. Kennedy distinguishes anti-vaccination activists from those who believe in the value of some vaccinations, but nevertheless insist on safety and caution in the development of the ever-increasing number of vaccines.
Moderna is a new company which has never brought a vaccine, or any other drug, to market.
Although the initial plea to public spiritedness last March was for the public to help "flatten the curve," the new mantra in the media now seems to be preventing "spikes" in new cases, a goal which many immunologists say is neither achievable nor necessarily desirable, and especially for a virus with as low a mortality rate as COVID-19.
Dr. John Ioannidis, C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University, one of the most respected epidemiologists in the world, criticizes the constant media drumbeat over new cases as something that "doesn't help." Dr. Ioannidis says that societal lockdowns are now doing more harm than good.
"And how long a lockdown is enough? If we open now, will lockdown recur in autumn? Next year? Whenever authoritarianism so wishes? No dictatorship could imagine a better precedent for absolute control. Lockdowns were desperate, defendable choices when we knew little about covid-19. But, now that we know more, we should avoid exaggeration."
Liberal comedian Bill Maher has urged media to stop the "panic porn."
In Arizona, where new cases inevitably rose after the governor allowed bars and other establishments to reopen, the vast majority of new cases will recover after showing mild symptoms or no symptoms. In the week between June 24st and July 1st, 254 deaths in Arizona were attributed to the coronavirus, overwhelmingly elderly.
But on average, about 1300 people die in Arizona on any given week, overwhelmingly elderly, overwhelmingly of cancers or diseases. The governor has ordered bars and gyms to close again.
Despite the overall death rate of COVID-19 now resembling the common flu, extraordinary intrusions and losses of freedom continue to be foisted upon populations around the world, including Americans. Most people, unbeknownst to them, now have contact tracing software on their phones, unrequested and without notice during their last automatic OS upgrade.
Topics such as natural, food and supplement-based ways to boost the immune system, no matter what one's age, are now taboo and mocked in the media as "quackery," even if documented by hard scientific studies cited in respected sources such as the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. David Katz, founder of Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, says that humans' normal robust immune systems are a potent weapon against most viruses. Children are especially well-equipped to defeat viruses with robust, normal immune responses. When enough of the "herd's" immune systems have attacked the virus and become immune, those people can no longer transmit the disease, says Dr. Katz.
"If a germ can't secure its hold on your body, your body no longer serves as a vector to send it forward to the next potential host. This is true even if that next person is not yet immune. When enough of us represent such "dead ends" for viral transmission, spread through the population is blunted, and eventually terminated. This is called herd immunity."
In other words, one way to drive new infections down to nothing is herd immunity.
To arguments that in the case of COVID, there is a possibility that the virus could reinfect someone who has already had it, Dr. Katz rebuts:
"The big problem with this story is this: If infection itself does not confer immunity, there is just about zero hope that any vaccine could."
The coronavirus pandemic never threatened to overwhelm most health systems except in a few geographic locations. In the US, nearly half of all deaths ascribed to COVID were in just three states: New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, and the vast majority of those deaths have been in the New York City metropolitan area.
On May 25, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration issued a directive to nursing homes to accept COVID patients, despite the outcry of nursing home executives. On the same day, it was reported that 45 refrigerator trucks had been ordered by New York City in anticipation of a flood of deaths.
One week later, stories of refrigerated trucks in NYC loaded with corpses hit the news. One nursing home executive told the New York Post that Governor Cuomo has "blood on his hands."
Cuomo has defended his administrations actions by saying the federal government - meaning the CDC under Trump - directed the action. But the CDC guidelines expressly specified that COVID patients only be transferred to nursing homes on the condition that they could be properly isolated.
Nevertheless, the hospital ship Comfort sailed away from New York Harbor with only 22 of its one thousand beds being used. Many of the dead seemed to go straight from the nursing homes to the morgue. US Army field hospital tents across the country were folded up and sent home without treating a single patient.
Another region whose experience early on caused panic was Italy, which had its health care system stressed to the maximum and had a high number of deaths per capita than most countries. But as Dr. Ioannidis of Stanford points out, Italy's health care system is so poor it is stressed even in the summer, after flu season is over. Italy also has the second oldest population in the world, next to Japan, and a high incidence of smokers and chronic co-morbidities such as diabetes.
Almost always missing the COVID media narrative is any kind of context whatsoever. Although 500,000 deaths worldwide have been attributed to COVID, up to 650,000 people a year perish in a bad flu season. This year it is likely that any pneumonia death is being reported as COVID, even those arising from normal flu.
Each week, 60,000 people die somewhere in the US, mostly of diseases hitting mostly the very old and infirm. The average age of the COVID death is 80, most often with serious conditions such as cancers, lung or heart disease, morbid obesity, Alzheimer's, or strokes.
Per capita, in the 1957 and 1968 many more people died in the US than presently from COVID. There was never a single mention of a health crisis on Walter Cronkite's Six O'Clock News.
Despite COVID's low death rate which resembles common flus, for which there are neither widespread, high-efficacy vaccines, a relentless drive is underway to plunge needles into people, and to ostracize and make life impossible for all who resist.
Anticipated are governors declaring under emergency powers that for the unvaccinated, there will be no driver's license, airline travel, no entry into food stores or public areas, gyms, workplaces, shopping malls, bars, or restaurants. Along with this would eventually come some sort of biometric proof of current vaccination state.
The effect would be the permanent tagging of all members of society with all manner of data not visible to him or her, that is, all members who are not able to afford private planes, private dining and drinking clubs, or mansions with private swimming pools and private gyms. Where no vaccine passports or biochips will be required. Dangerous vaccines for disease with as low a mortality rate as COVID will be for the peasants, along with the constant surveillance of contact tracing and GPS location that you cannot turn off.
Influential members of the wealthy elite have ferociously argued against any person's right to not get vaccinated. Bill Gates, who has no college degree and no medical credentials, but does have stock investments in vaccine companies, has said:
"It is fair to say that things won't go back to truly normal until we have a vaccine that we've gotten out to basically the entire world."
"The world" means everyone, with no exceptions.
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said recently that "The state has the power to literally take you to a doctor's office, and plunge a needle into your arm."
Dershowitz: ‘state has power to plunge a needle into your arm.'
So confident is Gates that the vaccines he is using and has invested in are safe, that he has demanding, and gotten, immunity from lawsuits should anything bad happen.
Thousands of illiterate Indian girls between the ages of 9 and 15 were used as human gunea pigs for a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. Nor could any of their parents read nor write to understand consent forms. Thumbprints were used for signatures. A large number of the girls fell gravely ill, and some died. Times of India reported that a investigation discovered that the objective of the study was not to protect the girls from the virus, but "to collect and record data on the effect of the vaccines on the minor subjects."
Companies like AstraZeneca has said they would forego making a profit during the pandemic, but once rounds of vaccines are begun on which humans will rely, rather than their own immune systems, an unlimited horizon of profits awaits. The similarities to pushing heroin are astonishing.
So eager is AstraZeneca to jab people with needles, that it is already pre-filling syringes with its vaccine in case tests this year pass muster, willing to throw them all away if they don't. This is in partnership with Bill Gates, who put up $750 million for the project, no doubt out of altruistic motives.
With the American middle-class being choked of life as slowly as with a cop's knee on its throat, with stores struggling with governor's orders for 25% or 50% capacity, a ticking economic time bomb is brewing that might explain the rush to put much of the population under contact trace surveillance, under the justification of COVID.
Pushback from the people in the US is, and must be, on the level of the thousands of State House representatives who are up for re-election this November. The Trump administration has devolved true power to governors. It is only the state representatives, assemblymen, and state senators who can reign them in, either through legislation or, as now 25 state legislators have signed onto in Pennsylvania, impeachment.
Some state high courts, such as in Wisconsin and Kentucky, have struck down their governors' new Caesarial powers, but courts are finicky, and vary from state to state. The representative power in state governments, which can impeach or over-rule a governor, is squarely in the hands of the legislatures.
Legislatures can pass laws which ban the use of vaccine not meeting certain development standards. Legislatures can strip governors of emergency powers.
In America, congressmen are insulated by money and signature-gathering requirements which make challenges a herculean task. Not so state representatives. Although much attention is being devoted to the epic presidential contest for the White House in 2020, who holds the State Houses after that may be of even greater importance.
Gates is wrong. Going back to "normal" does not depend on a vaccine. It depends on governors being put back in their place, and not allowed to exploit a flu-like disease to grab powers for government previously undreamed of.