I am sorting through the Food and Drug Administration’s briefing books for its meeting today to discuss whether future versions of the mRNA Covid shots will be waved through without proper clinical trials (spoiler alert: yes, the fix is in).
I want to write in detail about the meeting and what the FDA is doing, because it’s incredibly important - it means that we will NEVER have decent randomized controlled data on the jabs going forward. For vaccine advocates, this omission is clearly a feature and not a bug.
Yet I am having a hard time motivating to write about the meeting because although it’s incredibly important, it’s also meaningless. Demand for the mRNA Covid shots has collapsed completely and is unlikely ever to return.
Put aside the side effects, which are now increasingly visible at the national level; the failure of the shots to work as promised is just too obvious. If governments want to mandate these for kids, they’re going to have to put tanks in the streets, and even Pfizer doesn’t have enough lobbyists to pull that off.
Still, this is just the latest regulatory embarrassment on the mRNAs, on the heels of the pathetic authorization of the shots for kids under 5. The United States is going to be an outlier here, in the worst way. Last week, the director general of the Danish Health Authority (Søren Brostrøm, could it sound any more Danish?) admitted that giving Covid vaccines to older kids and teenagers had been a useless mistake that the country would not repeat:
He was asked if it was a mistake to vaccinate children.
- With what we know today: yes. With what we knew then: no, was the answer
The effort from the Centers for Disease Control and vaccine fanatics to try to scare parents into getting these useless shots by overstating Covid’s risk to kids is particularly awful. For healthy children, the risk from Covid was negligible even before Omicron.
The latest data come from a study in Britain released last week. Researchers reviewed every one of the 185 deaths that followed a positive Sars-Cov-2 test in English kids and teenagers in 2020 and 2021 - the equivalent of about 1,100 deaths in the United States. They found that 104, almost 60 percent, were not linked to Covid.
Only 81 children and teenagers actually died of Covid over the two-year period, about 1 percent of all deaths in people under 20. But even that figure sharply overstates the risk to healthy children. Of the 81 kids and teens who died, 61 had an underlying condition. The most common was severe neurodisability, in 27 cases.
In other words, 20 healthy English children and teenagers died of Covid during the first two years of the epidemic - fewer than one a month. England has more than 13 million people under 20.
“Overall, our study confirms the very low risk of death due to SARS-CoV-2 in CYP [children and young people], irrespective of variant,” the researchers wrote - words that should be tattooed on the foreheads of all the supposedly serious health professionals who have for reasons known only to themselves decided to encourage parents to get these shots.
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