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The mRNA fanatics are nervous
And they should be. Joe Rogan exposed them this weekend as the cowards they are
Why won’t mRNA Covid vaccine advocates stand up for their jabs anymore?
Two years ago, they talked endlessly about the shots, the miracle of modern science.
They said the jabs might eliminate Covid in the United States. They said anyone who refused them was a fool, at best. They defended mandating them for anyone who wanted to work or go to college. Some said unvaccinated people should be denied medical care.
This weekend, Joe Rogan offered to donate $100,000 to charity if Dr. Peter Hotez, a loud vaccine supporter, would debate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., probably the most prominent vaccine skeptic, on his podcast.
Rogan’s challenge generated national and even international attention.
But Hotez wouldn’t touch it, even after other people added pledges and the charity pool rose over $1 million. This morning, he whined that debating Kennedy was beneath him. “One typically doesn’t debate science,” Hotez said.
(To find out why the hypocrisy of Hotez and other mRNA advocates is so hard to take, subscribe now! Or wait 72 hours.)
I don’t agree with a lot of what Kennedy says, but I respect his passion and sincerity. Some specific issues he raises are odd and unlikely (wifi, really?).
But his broad critique - that health-care companies have captured the regulators who oversee them and that far too many Americans are dying from preventable causes - is inarguable.
And nothing, not even the opioid crisis, reveals the system’s failure more than the horror show of the last three years.
Public health bureaucrats and politicians and the media were dishonest about the real risks of Covid, far overstating them for most people. They pushed lockdowns and school closures that did serious mental health damage.
Then, in their rush to undo the crisis they’d caused, they endorsed mRNA “vaccines” that had been rushed through development and testing.
When those shots began failing months after their initial rollout, the public health mandarins refused to admit the truth and instead doubled down. By late 2021, they were pushing for repeated dosing within three or four months, a brazen and dangerous strategy.
And authorities didn’t merely suggest the shots. They required them.
The United States wasn’t even the worst offender. Canada imposed a vaccine requirement for flights. Australia essentially barred unvaccinated citizens from entering or leaving. Austria went furthest, briefly imposing a full mandate on all adults.
These were political decisions, but they were made with the support and encouragement of many scientists.
Including Peter Hotez.
On Aug. 11, 2021, he tweeted that “we’ll need mask and vaccine mandates to make this work.” Three days before, he had specifically demanded that Covid vaccines and masks be required for “adolescent students.”
Hotez and the vaccine advocates were wrong - about both the jabs and the mandates.
Near-universal compliance across many advanced countries failed to suppress Covid. The vaccines failed so completely and quickly that adult vaccination rates approaching 90 percent did not keep much of Europe from going back into lockdown in December 2021.
Only the arrival of the Omicron variants enabled public health authorities to hide the full scope of the failure. Omicron provided a ready-made excuse for the ineffectiveness of the jabs - it’s a different strain. Never mind that the vaccines were months before Omicron arrived.
More importantly, Omicron is more transmissible and less dangerous than the original or Delta variants. It infected everyone, jabbed or no. In fact, a new study from the Cleveland Clinic suggests boosted people may be at somewhat higher risk of Omicron infection.
But Omicron was and is too weak to do serious harm to almost anyone who isn’t near-death already. Thus the initial early 2022 wave of deaths from Omicron didn’t repeat this winter, even though infections remained common. Hospitalizations were low too.
In other words, Omicron picked off nearly everyone it could on its first pass. (Paxlovid may also have helped.) The deaths that continue to reported look to be mostly artifacts of what Covid testing remains in institutional settings.
Just as many virologists predicted when Sars-Cov-2 first emerged, the virus has ultimately mutated to coexist with us.
(Daily Covid deaths globally over the last three years. Obviously, the vaccines made all the difference!)
Most people are broadly aware the jabs did not work as promised.
The proof came last fall, when use of the bivalent booster flatlined.
Vaccine hesitancy can hardly be blamed for its failure. By definition, boosters are offered to people who have already proven they don’t mind being vaccinated. But even that group was reluctant to sign up for more mRNA.
Further, the jab campaigns for younger kids last year ran into unrelenting parental opposition, despite a massive and coordinated media campaign. Even the bluest coastal states have dumped their plans to require Covid vaccines for schoolchildren.
(Elmo needs an mRNA shot, kids! Why? Because he’s a stuffed doll. You, however, have a functioning immune system, so you don’t.)
We’re now at a strange moment.
Thanks to Omicron, health authorities and governments have never had to confront the full consequences of vaccine failure.
Public opinion has turned solidly against non-vaccine Covid countermeasures like school closures that public health advocates pushed in 2020.
But it is more divided on vaccines. Most people know the vaccines didn’t work as promised. But they haven’t grasped just how completely they failed.
Further, though all-cause mortality remains well above normal in most mRNA countries, the media has barely acknowledged that fact, much less investigated it.
Instead, a handful of longtime vaccine skeptics, many with a frankly conspiratorial bent, are the main voices investigating the mRNAs, especially in the United States. Doctors in Europe and Asia are more willing to publish case reports and longer research about side effects. Some European news outlets are also showing increasing skepticism.
But for the most part, the pushback has been on the margins. As vaccine advocates prefer. Because they know their arguments for the jabs - and especially mandates and boosters - cannot stand scrutiny, they simply want the entire debate to vanish.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr is their worst nightmare, a loud voice who is willing to say whatever he thinks and unafraid of the backlash. Yes, some what he says cannot stand scrutiny either. But he’s drawing attention to the relentless push for additional child (and adult) vaccines - which is driven at least in part by the special liability protection vaccines receive.
(The original RFK, shot dead in California as he was running for President in 1968. If your dad and uncle had both been assassinated, you might tend toward conspiracy theories too.)
Vaccines are no longer niche, low-profit pharmaceutical products. For two years, Pfizer’s mRNA jab had the highest annual sales of any drug ever. And vaccines merit even more scrutiny than other medicines because they are offered to healthy adults and children as preventatives.
Vaccine advocates don’t want to hear any of this. They want to pretend they are scientists, above politics, and hounded by conspiracy theorists.
But the last three years have proven how wary we must be of scientists who pretend they’re apolitical while demanding laws to enforce the policies they think best. No one proves that point better than Peter Hotez.
Hotez didn’t just want to force mRNAs on people. He has repeatedly said federal hate-crime laws should be extended to protect him and other vaccine advocates from people who disagreed with them. (Really.)
One typically doesn’t debate science, darling… and if one tries, one should be arrested.
Of course this attitude is an absurd perversion of both science and the democratic process, which is why Rogan’s callout of Hotez resonated so strongly.
What happens next? I don’t know.
But I do know that my questions about the long-term safety and effectiveness of the mRNAs are real and reasonable and demand answers.
And I know the more the vaccine advocates and drug companies dodge those questions, the more they tell me what I am and am not allowed to ask, the harder I’m going to push.