The growth of self identified Anti-Vaxers is booming.
For the past 19 months, the biggest story on Earth has been centered around COVID-19 and the effort to quell the global pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus, and its many variants. What does the battlefield look like if you are a brilliant scientist who has spent the past 38 years focused on vaccine development, who also happened to be a pioneer who worked on the team who developed the technology that became the basis of the mRNA vaccines that predominate in the US and around the world?
Dr Robert Malone is one of very few who fits that description. He recently sat down for an interview with Jan Jekielek of American Thought Leaders to answer questions and offer his thoughts about where we are currently, how we got here, and where the future of this pandemic and the future of the science of vaccines seems to be headed.
One of the most concerning issues he brings up is the recent precipitous drop in the public’s confidence in vaccines mentioned in the title of this essay.
I’ve had a fear from the get-go with project Warp Speed in the vaccine development enterprise, as a vaccinologist……….My fear has been with rushing this through, we would end up with problems. How can you not end up with problems if you cut corners and rush these things, particularly the safety issues? What would happen to the entire vaccine enterprise and pediatric vaccines, the fundamental bedrocks of public health?
There was an interesting statistic I heard the other day on the Highwire when I was interviewed there. The baseline self-identified anti-vaxxer historically has been about 3 per cent of the population. According to them in the latest survey, it has bumped up to 40 per cent of the population self- identifying as anti-vaxxer.
His thoughts on “herd immunity….
…..for example, the government is saying, “We want 70 per cent uptake of vaccine if we’re going to release restrictions on a community.”
The problem is that we don’t have any data from these clinical trials about the impact of vaccination on transmission. So you can’t really make a real calculation, epidemiologically, as to how many people within a population have to have either been infected or vaccinated.
…and suppression of discussion, social media censorship…
So she’s had this cascade of events, and she’s surrounded by friends, family, and social contacts that all believe that the vaccines are fully safe, and she must be crazy. It can’t possibly be that there’s any relationship between vaccine acceptance uptake and her symptoms.
So let’s say this person goes on Facebook and joins the Facebook group that’s being created for people that believed they’ve had symptoms that have been triggered by vaccines. There’s a group there. They build up to about 150,000 people. Facebook deletes them.
It is the ultimate gaslighting, and for these people, it is profoundly depressing.
There is more, much more in this wide ranging discussion. It is far and away the most compelling overview and critique of just how poorly our US efforts to meet the challenges of this pandemic have been, and how that threatens the future success of our larger vaccine efforts with other diseases. It deserves a full listen, or a full read. The people at The Epoch Times have kindly provided a transcript as well as the full interview.
Fair use constraints limIt my ability to adequately cover other important material, and I may well have inadvertently buried the lede. I can assure you that you will be impressed with Dr. Malone’s depth of knowledge and his calm and careful delivery of some potentially disquieting ideas.
I find myself thinking “Where would we be now if Dr. Malone, or someone like him, had taken the place of Anthony Fauci in January of 2020?”