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It’s time to fire President Biden’s COVID-19 advisors and replace them with “pragmatists, realists and centrists — not extremists,” according to Vinay Prasad, M.D., M.P.H.
Referring to Drs. Anthony Fauci, Rochelle Walensky, Peter Marks, Vivek Murthy and Ashish Jha, Prasad said, “They all have to go. They have failed too many times in this pandemic.”
In this week’s no-holds-barred 30-minute rant, Prasad — a practicing hematologist-oncologist and professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco — ran through his short list of everything U.S. public health officials got wrong.
Prasad provided his substack readers with an even longer list of reasons to dump Biden’s COVID-19 team, writing:
“So as someone who has long believed in the value of the regulatory state, and long been a champion for increased funding of public health, if the politician asks me ‘should we destroy the CDC,’ I would have to say ‘yes, please and let me help you.’”
But in his video, he narrowed down the list to these:
- Masking toddlers and school kids: “Did anyone think this was a good idea?”
- Zero cluster randomized control trials: “They kept saying follow the science but they proved themselves to be ignorant scientists because they didn’t take advantage of the greatest tool modern science has, which is randomization.”
- The kids under 5 “vax disaster”: “They ended up giving [Emergency Use] authorization for the kids under 5 for a vaccine they never had really credible data of a reduction in symptomatic disease.”
- Adding COVID-19 vaccines to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immunization schedule: “A bone-headed policy.”
- DoorDash Paxlovid: “They announced yesterday that they’re going to use DoorDash to deliver Paxlovid … Did you know the only available randomized control trial data for Paxlovid is in unvaccinated people who are at high risk of bad outcomes from COVID-19 who mostly didn’t already have COVID-19?”
- Bivalent boosters without human data: “In the eyes of anyone who’s actually paying attention to this they will look like fools to approve a bivalent booster based on mouse data.”
- Boosting college kids who already had COVID-19: “This is all a runaway train based on delusional thinking and very very bad medicine.”
- Mandates: “Mandates are always unethical for the young who have more to lose than gain.”
- Myocarditis: “I wouldn’t call that mild to take a 12-year-old and put them in the hospital for three days.”
Prasad said there’s no point in being in charge of these agencies if you can’t use science to minimize uncertainty. “They never provided evidence, they just kept saying louder and louder that they were right and that to me is not the hallmark of a scientist.”
Prasad’s parting words? “Joe, let go of these people. They are on the wrong side of every one of these issues.”
Watch the video here: