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This week, Mary Holland, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) president-on-leave, and Polly Tommey, CHD.TV programming manager, covered the latest headlines on COVID-19, Big Pharma and other issues, including news that new regulatory filings show Pfizer had evidence early on that the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine waned, but waited months before alerting the public.
Polly and Mary also discussed that the U.S. government’s COVID-19 vaccination effort is a biological weapon project run by the U.S. Department of Defense, according to Alexandra Latypova, a former pharmaceutical research and development executive.
Plus, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine met for three days — behind closed doors, except for a two-hour public comment period — to review the epidemiological, clinical and biological evidence on adverse events associated with COVID-19 vaccines.
Also on tap this week: Those injured by the COVID vaccine are still waiting for government compensation.
More of this week’s highlights:
- At age 21, Philadelphia native Andre Cherry had an active life and a promising future, as he worked toward completing his bachelor’s degree in English. But in an interview with The Defender, Cherry said all that ended after his second Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. “This is a tragedy,” said Mary.
- AstraZeneca‘s COVID vaccine (manufactured and administered in India as Covishield) raised the risk of heart problems and death by 3.5 times in young women in the first three months following the first dose, according to a report. “It is catastrophic how many people this vaccine has hurt,” said Polly.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) now says healthy teens may not need more COVID-19 shots. “This is a good sign,” said Mary.
- The WHO has its eye on a new COVID-19 variant thought to be driving a new surge of cases in India — at a time when reported cases are down in much of the rest of the world.
- A federal judge in Texas dismissed a lawsuit alleging Pfizer and two of its contractors manipulated data and committed other acts of fraud during Pfizer’s COVID-19 clinical trials. Still, whistleblower Brook Jackson, who brought the suit, said she will appeal. “I’m excited that this is going in this direction,” said Mary. “This case is anything but over.”
- At Head Start, a federal judge permanently ended the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff.
- Nothing in the WHO-proposed new treaty documents oblige the WHO to differentiate its binding directions for their impact on children, thus allowing for mass testing, isolation, travel restrictions and mandated vaccination — potentially with experimental products — for healthy pediatric populations. “I really like this article,” said Mary. “It is very clear that this is the road we are headed down.”
- A North Carolina district court ordered pharmaceutical giant Merck to turn over all of its Gardasil adverse event databases to plaintiffs suing the pharmaceutical giant for injuries allegedly caused by the HPV vaccine. “This is the only major litigation about one of the recommended vaccines,” said Mary.
- In a recent episode of “Stay Free with Russell Brand,” food and pharma consultant-turned-whistleblower Calley Means and Russell Brand discussed how Big Food profits by selling addictive food that makes kids sick, and Big Pharma makes money from treating that sickness.
- Reports that seven Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigators became ill earlier this month when they visited East Palestine, Ohio, offered the latest evidence that despite assurances from state and federal officials, the town’s air and water aren’t safe.
- The group Stop Designer Babies warned that legalizing human genome editing will inevitably lead to a society of genetic “haves” and “have-nots,” in which wealthy parents can choose “designer” traits in their babies, including IQ and athletic prowess. “This is going to go very wrong, very fast,” said Polly.
- As the U.S. government, tech companies, the media and urban developers double down on the idea that future cities must be “smart,” critics warn the technology-driven urban projects will turn cities into “data farms.” “If you don’t stand firm against this, you are literally building your own prison,” said Polly.
- Despite leading one of the most important tech companies in the world, Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t want to see kids glued to the company’s products.
- Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl, or PFAS, have been found in a wide variety of garments including rain jackets, hiking pants, shirts and yoga pants and sports bras made by popular brands like Lululemon and Athleta. “This is mostly found in waterproof clothing,” said Mary.
- CHD petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to “quit stalling” and comply with a court-ordered mandate to explain how the agency determined its current guidelines to adequately protect humans and the environment against harmful effects of exposure to radiofrequency radiation. “I am very hopeful that we will see progress here,” said Mary.
- Large tanks full of green, gunky algae, dubbed “liquid trees,” are being promoted as a possible solution to air pollution issues in big cities, sparking an online debate.
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