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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Wednesday led a roundtable discussion — “COVID-19 Vaccines: What They Are, How They Work and Possible Causes of Injuries” — to shed light on the current state of knowledge surrounding the vaccine and the path forward.

Distinguished doctors and scientists who specialize in COVID-19 vaccine research and treatment participated in the three-hour event.

This is my summary of the second part of the roundtable discussion. You can read the first part here.

Before recapping more of the roundtable discussion, I’m taking the liberty of inserting my personal perspective on a topic that was avoided during the event, advisedly I am sure: the origin of SARS-CoV-2 as a bioweapon.

One reason the laboratory origin of COVID-19 is important is that it implies there are people who designed the SARS-CoV-2 virus, who know what it does and does not do, and probably know how to treat it.

Why weren’t these scientists located, offered protection and subpoenaed to tell public health officials what they knew?

Natural viruses don’t want to hurt you. Fitness, for a virus, is the ability to spread from host to host.

Viruses are evolved to make copies of themselves and maybe to make you sneeze to disperse the virus through aerosols, but they don’t have any interest in causing permanent harm, in infecting your heart, or causing blood clots or infertility.

For this reason, the vast majority of viruses are harmless. There are some that get too enthusiastic about making copies and hijack enough of the body’s machinery that they can make us very sick, but always this is an evolutionary miscalculation and it doesn’t last long.

A bioweapon is engineered, not evolved. It may have features that are gratuitously toxic to the host (that’s us) even though they confer no adaptive benefit for the virus.

In the case of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, evidence points to the spike protein as the part of the virus that is different from other coronaviruses — this is the part of the virus that was likely engineered and is highly toxic.

The spike is designed to break off into the bloodstream when it comes in contact with a common human enzyme (furin). The spike is neurotoxic and damages heart muscles and attacks the epithelium of our blood vessels.

Consider now that all the COVID-19 vaccines were designed to deliver spike protein to the body.

During the roundtable, Dr. Robert Malone cited a Stanford study demonstrating that the average vaccinated individual gets larger doses of spike protein from the vaccine than the average COVID-19 patient gets from the virus.

In an evolved virus, the spike protein would be optimized for connecting to the human receptor (in this case ACE-2) that allows it to enter the cell. It would likely be harmless in itself. But this is not an evolved spike protein. It has been engineered and weaponized.

Thousands of scientists worked on the COVID-19 vaccines and they innocently played their parts. They did not know that the spike protein that they were delivering was designed to do damage.

But a few people at the top knew this and made the decision nevertheless to base their vaccine development on the spike protein.

This was a heinous crime.

The first publications I know that gave evidence that the spike protein was toxic came out in June 2020, when vaccines were still in the early stage of warp-speed development.

Malone said there are studies on toxicity of coronavirus spike proteins going back to 1992.

The people who made the decisions to proceed nevertheless with a vaccine for universal distribution that was based on the spike protein were burying the first red flag, and starting their companies and their governments down a path of dissembling a great many more safety signals over the ensuing 2 years.

Roundtable, part II

David Gortler, Ph.D., former faculty member at Yale School of Pharmacology, recently from the Center for Ethics and Public Policy within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told us he was fired for being one of the few persons within the FDA who called out the leadership and asked them to follow their own procedures for evaluating vaccine safety.

Usually, the FDA starts by getting an ingredient list, knowing contents and dosage quantities for any medication before even considering approval. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccines, this rudimentary information was withheld by the manufacturers, and they still maintain ingredients lists as a trade secret.

Del Bigtree showed a short video, a composite of journalists and public officials who stated unequivocally that the COVID-19 vaccines would prevent a vaccinated person from passing the virus to anyone else. But assessing transmission of the virus was not part of the protocol when the vaccines were being tested. The question was not even asked.

Despite protests about the “speed of science,” all they would have had to do was collect PCR samples from family members when they tested the experimental subjects.

Johnson listed some of the officials who were invited to the roundtable to give balance and present their perspectives on the story.

The list included Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Albert Bourla (Pfizer), Stéphane Bancel (Moderna), Dr. Robert Califf (FDA) and Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D. (FDA) and Robin Baily (CDC).

All of them declined to appear or to send a representative. Johnson indicated that this is consistent with his experience in the past. The people who are making COVID-19 policies avoid debating the issues with other scientists.

Dr. Peter McCullough outlined normal procedures for establishing safety monitoring boards and critical event committees, ethics committees and institutional review boards whenever a new drug is released. None of this was done with the COVID-19 vaccines, despite the fact that these vaccines were released to the public with far less testing than any approved product in the past.

David Wiseman, Ph.D. reported on the gap between Pfizer’s vaccine insert, which says there is no data establishing safety for pregnant women, and the CDC’s guarantee that the vaccines are safe for pregnant women in their public promotions. (The vaccine insert was added last summer. For the first 19 months of the vaccines, they were distributed with a large, folded package insert saying only “This page intentionally left blank.”)

Gortler went into the history of the testing procedures that were established in the 1930s through the ‘60s to back up the words “safe and effective” with explicit tests that a product would have to pass. This has always included long-term studies in a diverse population, but these were bypassed when COVID-19 vaccines were approved under “emergency” rules.

He described the dangers of our country sourcing most of our drugs from India and China, where they are produced cheaply. We should be inspecting these foreign manufacturing facilities and randomly sampling their products for analytic testing to assure that the vials contain what the label says.

Not enough of this is currently done with respect to common drugs, no inspection or testing is being done for the mRNA vaccines. There is no excuse for not collecting data on quality control and making it public.

Malone added that the mRNA vaccines are made from lipid nanoparticles that require exacting conditions far beyond the normal organic chemistry that is involved in making a drug. There are dozens of sites around the world where the vaccines are being manufactured, and FDA is not inspecting any of them.

How-bad-is-my-batch is a website that compares safety results from different vaccine batches, and there is wide variation by lot number in the number of vaccine injuries reported.

In the next segment of the hearings, a few people who were injured by the COVID-19 vaccines described their experience. (Malone mentioned in passing that his diastolic blood pressure rose to a life-threatening level of 230 mm after vaccination.)

Brianne Dressen, a 42-year-old mother and classroom teacher, had been healthy before volunteering for the AstraZeneca vaccine trials. After vaccination, her immediate symptoms included double vision, tingling and numbness in her arms, followed by paralysis in her left leg the next morning.

She is now unable to work or engage in normal household activities because of nerve damage. Doctors tell her that the damage is progressive. In the reported results of AstraZeneca trials, her case was not even mentioned as a safety concern. This, unfortunately, was typical.

Adverse reactions to the vaccines during the test phase were routinely understated or ignored. A woman in the Moderna trials developed lymphoma (blood cancer), but in Moderna’s write-up, she was listed as fully recovered.

A 12-year-old from the Pfizer trials who has been confined to a wheelchair and feeding tube the rest of her life was coded as a “stomach ache.” Dressen became aware of these cases and many others when she and her husband organized an online support group for the vaccine injured, which quickly grew to 20,000 members.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has protocols for the vaccine-injured that have been disclosed privately to a few of those injured by vaccines, but these remedies are not being shared with the public.

Dr. Joel Wallscog was an orthopedic surgeon in Madison, Wisconsin before nerve damage from a Moderna shot ended his career. Symptoms include balance problems, dizziness and weakness in both legs. His diagnosis was transverse myelitis, [an injury to the spinal cord that is related to multiple sclerosis].

Wallscog has created an advocacy network, support group and funding source for people who are vaccine-injured. Of course, Federal agencies should be providing medical care for people who are injured by vaccines, but this would require recognition of the vast scope of the project, which is politically inexpedient.

One result of this is that most GP doctors don’t know about vaccine injuries, don’t recognize them when they appear and don’t believe their patients when injuries are reported. 90% of vaccine-injured patients report being gaslighted when they came to their family doctors for medical care. They were diagnosed as psychosomatic disorders.

People who are called “anti-vaxxers” were not born that way.

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) made a cameo appearance and expressed concern that the government agencies which people trusted to protect them were withholding information and lying outright during the pandemic.

Dr. Kirk Milhoan, a pediatric cardiologist, defined myocarditis as inflammation of the heart muscle. The spike protein manufactured by our bodies in response to vaccination has been found to cause myocarditis. Rates of myocarditis following vaccination are not being measured or reported in this country.

A study from Thailand indicates a rate of 2-3% of adolescent males with myocarditis following vaccination. For college students, the risk of hospitalization after COVID-19 is about 0.002%. The risk of myocarditis from vaccination is about a thousand times higher.

Yet our governments and our universities are demanding that students be vaccinated as a condition of enrollment. Ninety days after vaccination, damage to the heart was still detectable in more than half of those who suffer myocarditis.

We do not know for a portion of myocarditis patients the injury will be permanent, or eventually fatal.

Dr. Renata Moon, a pediatrician, had seen only three cases of myocarditis in her 20-year career. Now she sees myocarditis routinely.

Dr. James Thorp is an ob-gyn in St Louis. He reported a “substantial, massive, unprecedented increase in menstrual abnormalities, infertility, miscarriage, fetal death and fetal malformation. We have published many studies over the last two years based on data from VAERS and CDC.”

Lt. Col. Theresa Long, M.D., M.S. listed some of the injuries she has seen personally, including strokes, clotting in the spleen and liver, spinal tumors, brain tumors, sarcoidosis [a once rare condition, involving warts that grow on internal organs], lupus, cognitive impairment, myocarditis, pericarditis, avascular necrosis [dying bone that has been deprived of blood supply] that required hip replacement and a “shocking, pervasive” suppression of the immune system.

Dr. Ryan Cole said that the nanolipid particles that deliver mRNA in the COVID-19 vaccines were designed to bypass the body’s barriers, including cell walls and the blood-brain barrier.

The toxic spike protein goes to the heart, the brain, the reproductive organs and all the most sensitive areas of the body, where it causes inflammation and autoimmunity.

We were told that the vaccine stays in the deltoid muscle of the arm, and this is just wrong. Sen. Johnson then pointed out that “stays in the arm” was not a mistake but a deception. Companies that produced the vaccines had results from animal tests that showed the presence of the spike protein in sensitive areas of the body.

A discussion of the toxicity of the spike protein ensued. Malone reported being censored when he mentioned this fact in a September 2001 podcast. McCullough cited a 1992 paper by Ralph Baric [virologist and bioweapons expert from the University of North Carolina] that detected heart damage from a coronavirus spike protein.

The virus and the vaccine both dose the body with spike protein and the damage compounds. For this reason, COVID-19-recovered people were excluded from the vaccine trials — and yet, the vaccines are now being recommended, even mandated, for people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Malone cited a paper in which spike protein levels were measured in people who had the COVID-19 virus and others who had been vaccinated. Higher levels of spike protein were reported in the vaccinated.

Johnson asked, where do we go from here?

Malone said there are 200 trials listed on ClinicalTrials.gov for mRNA-based vaccines. The original plan was to demonstrate that the mRNA platform is intrinsically safe, and then new products that are based on plugging different sequences into the RNA could be rapidly approved without testing.

Of course, the mRNA platform has not been proven safe — quite the opposite, the current mRNA vaccines have by far the highest rates of associated complications and death of any vaccine product in history.

Still, the medical establishment is so committed to their paradigm and a new, profitable industry that they are conducting accelerated trials of over 200 new products (not just vaccines), for which they will cite the record of the COVID-19 vaccines as a safety precedent.

With their patents, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech hope to lock in a duopoly on a lucrative pipeline of future products.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases gets royalties on these patents and is motivated to help them, safety be damned.

McCullough concluded:

“In order to prevent future harm, all these vaccines need to be withdrawn from the market. That needs to happen immediately. All the vaccine mandates should be dropped. We need requests for applications and immediate funding for vaccine injury. Centers of excellence across the United States for screening, detection, and diagnosing of vaccine injuries. We need a massive shift in our healthcare system towards managing this large number of vaccine-injured people. What is at stake here is increased risk of death.”


Watch the entire roundtable discussion here:

Originally published on Josh Mitteldorf’s Substack page.