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This week, Mary Holland, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) president, and Polly Tommey, CHD.TV programming manager, covered the latest headlines on COVID-19, Big Pharma and other issues, including news that the Senate signaled it’s time to move on from the pandemic with a bipartisan 62-36 to end the federal government’s emergency declaration on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Polly and Mary also discussed that NBC is pushing the “Tripledemic” fear-mongering, claiming that children are at high risk during the holiday season.

Plus, the Biden administration is offering discounts on groceries to Americans who get the new bivalent COVID-19 booster in a desperate bid to boost uptake of the vaccine.

Also on tap this week: Pfizer and Moderna are launching clinical trials to track long-term health issues following a diagnosis of vaccine-associated myocarditis and pericarditis in teens and young adults, but some experts said the risks are already clear.

More of this week’s highlights:

  • A 14-year-old boy died three weeks after receiving his COVID-19 vaccine. “This can’t go on,” said Mary. “Kudos to the Mirror for publishing this.”
  • COVID-19 vaccine trials failed to monitor menstrual changes. Researchers say that this is part of a bigger problem. “It is so sad that women had to be gaslighted along the way to get here,” said Mary.
  • Pfizer reaped nearly $100 billion from selling COVID-19 vaccines and treatments to U.S. taxpayers and foreign governments — now it plans to get richer, sinking the cash into developing and marketing lucrative drugs for everything from obesity to migraines. “This is just business to them,” said Mary.
  • Australian health officials said they will not make any changes to their existing recommendations for COVID-19 boosters — meaning they won’t recommend a third booster (fifth dose) for any age group, despite rising case and hospitalization numbers. “This is fascinating for Australia,” said Polly.
  • Germany’s vaccine advisory panel recommended that Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years old should be given routinely only to those at risk of severe disease from the infection. “We are starting to see conflicting policies between allied groups,” said Mary.
  • A federal court ruled that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other government officials must testify under oath about whether they colluded with Big Tech to censor certain users and viewpoints. “This is going to be very interesting,” said Mary.
  • Three former National Basketball Association (NBA) referees sued the league alleging they were fired for refusing to receive COVID-19 vaccines on religious grounds. Meanwhile, Australian officials will allow Novak Djokovic, previously barred from the country for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, to play in the Australian Open in January. “I think the NBA could lose on this,” said Mary.
  • Nike and Washington State University are two of the latest employers to face lawsuits from employees who lost their jobs over COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
  • In interviews with The Defender, three lawyers discussed workers’ compensation strategies that may help private-sector employees who sustained COVID-19 vaccine injuries obtain financial relief. “Only six cases have been approved so far,” said Mary.
  • President Joe Biden and 19 top world leaders recently signed off on a call to “build on the success” of “digital COVID-19 certificates,” or “vaccine passports.” “They are talking about a single global vaccine identification system,” said Mary. “We have to be vigilant here.”
  • During the 2022 legislative session, National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) analyzed, tracked and issued positions on an unprecedented 875 vaccine-related bills in 44 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Researchers at the University of Houston developed a fentanyl vaccine. The vaccine blocks the effect of the drug. “This is a money-making system,” said Mary.
  • Fifty organizations dedicated to food sovereignty and food justice issues signed an open letter calling out Bill Gates over his latest claim that technology is the solution to world hunger and food sovereignty and asking the media to do a better job of covering the issue. “Stop dictating to people what they need and learn from them instead,” said Mary.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is partnering with numerous global financial giants to launch a 12-week digital dollar pilot program, just as the FTX cryptocurrency scandal shakes consumer confidence in digital currency. “This is an important article that ties back into the vaccine passport article,” said Mary.
  • The authors of a new analysis found that sperm count globally dropped by more than half between 1973 and 2018, and that the decline is accelerating. “Infertility is a major issue in this country,” said Polly.
  • The results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often referred to as the “nation’s report card,” show the largest drop in mathematics scores seen since the initial assessments were given in 1990.
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