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This week, Mary Holland, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) president, and Polly Tommey, co-producer of “Vaxxed,” cover the latest COVID headlines, including New York’s plan to vaccinate tourists, Novavax’s COVID-flu combo vaccine and Utah’s first case of a male Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipient developing a blood clot.
Mary and Polly also discuss the growing call for COVID booster shots, the plan to use schools as vaccination sites in order to overcome “vaccine hesitancy” and Brazil’s decision to stop using AstraZeneca after the death of a pregnant woman, linked to the vaccine.
Here are some of this week’s highlights:
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children as young as 12, claiming the vaccines are “100% effective” and “safe.” They’re doing this “under the umbrella of the idea that this is the only way to get to herd immunity,” Mary said. But it’s really because they’ve “tapped out” the adult market, so distributing the vaccines in schools is the next step. “Some will be severely injured, some will die — this won’t end well,” Mary said.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci is pleading with adolescents to be “part of the solution.” He’s “selling altruism,” Mary said. “This may be of no benefit to you, but do it for your grandma.”
- Detroit’s mayor is offering $50 to anyone who convinces a friend or family member to get vaccinated — it’s called the “Good Neighbor Program.”
- Pfizer says it’s hoping to seek authorization for its vaccine for children age 2 and up by September, and for 6 months and up by end of 2021. “It’s all part of the ‘cradle-to-grave’ compulsory vaccine program,” Mary said.
- 44% of employers are considering mandating COVID vaccines, but others are leaning toward using incentives to persuade employees to get the vaccine. “Either way, there’s this compulsion to do something to your body that you don’t want to do,” Mary said. “If you can’t control what goes inside your blood stream, you don’t have control over your life.”
- Some restaurant workers are wearing bracelets to show customers they’ve been vaccinated. “This is about telegraphing your vaccine status, and bestowing privileges based on status,” Mary said. “But these are rights, not privileges.”
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