Minor Update and Recap re Vaccines

According to Israel National News, just before the new year, two elderly men in Israel have died within hours after receiving the COVID vaccine: a 75-year-old man died of cardiac arrest after receiving the Pfizer vaccine and an 88-year-old also died. The latter reportedly had existing conditions and there was no mention of which vaccine was given.


One could argue in statistical terms that it is merely two deaths, but when the vaccine trials did not involve the elderly nor those with medical conditions (see article by Peter Doshi listed below)—even though they are the very groups the vaccine is meant to help—why is the vaccine given to these groups?


Let’s recap a few other problems as reported in the media:

By the way, if you can believe the LA Times—and it’s up to you as to what to believe—they have reported that up to 50% of “frontline” healthcare workers have refused the vaccine in some parts of California. This is somewhat corroborated by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor which claims a figure of 29% after surveying 1,676 adults living across the US, selected by “random digit dial telephone sample”.


In other words, if at least a few healthcare professionals are suffering reactions and maybe one-third (in the US) are skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine, then it’s not unreasonable for the rest of us to ask questions, right?


But not to worry, Dr Paul Offit—and yes, that is apparently his real name—has called for “mass vaccination events” to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s as if he wants to make it sound like a party where we can all get off on the vaccine but instead sounds like a “mass casualty event” when some lone crazy gunman gets off offing people with action-film proficiency. Dr Offit is a member of NIH, working on Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV), and was previously a member of CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. So yeah, apparently, he’s an expert.


To those who are concerned about the “vaccine passports”, there is an interesting article titled “Think Global Vaccine Passports Are Scary? Wait Until You See What’s Next” by Dr Joseph Mercola, published on Children’s Health Defense.


And finally, to conclude this poorly written minor recap and update, here are a few papers regarding influenza vaccines and its associations with respiratory infections that are worthy of a browse:

  • B.J. Cowling et al, “Increased Risk of Noninfluenza Respiratory Virus Infections Associated With Receipt of Inactivated Influenza Vaccine”, 15 March 2012, doi.org/10.1093/cid/cis307

  • G. Fink et al, “Inactivated trivalent influenza vaccine is associated with lower mortality among Covid-19 patients in Brazil”, 1 July 2020, doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.29.20142505

  • C. Wehenkel, “Positive association between COVID-19 deaths and influenza vaccination rates in elderly people worldwide”, 1 October 2020, doi.org/10.7717/peerj.10112

  • P. Doshi, "Will covid-19 vaccines save lives? Current trials aren’t designed to tell us", 21 October 2020, dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4037

 

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