Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
Should we trust vaccines that are unprecedented in so many respects?
Last month, a 42-page analysis titled Worse Than the Disease? Reviewing Some Possible Unintended Consequences of the mRNA Vaccines Against COVID-19 was published in a peer-reviewed journal.
This is a dense read, that examines the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. I’m personally not equipped to evaluate the scientific arguments therein, but the analysis begins by placing current events in a startling context.
Three years ago, a 2018 report published by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation divided vaccines into three groups: simple, complex, and unprecedented. COVID-19 vaccines belong to the latter group. Based on the Foundation’s “real world experience of trying to develop highly effective vaccines against HIV, TB, and malaria,” the 2018 report tells us unprecedented vaccines typically take 10+ years to develop.
It tells us they have an estimated 5% chance of successfully completing Phase II clinical trials, followed by a 40% chance of success in Phase III trials.
40% of 5% is: 2%.
Ground-breaking vaccines therefore normally take more than a decade to develop, and fail
are unsuccessful 98% of the time.
Yet a mere three years later, the public is being told that multiple COVID vaccines are now ready for prime time. Indeed, the Canadian government is assuring us, via Twitter, that COVID vaccines have “proven to be safe” (see below).
Getting back to the 42-page analysis, it contains a text box on page 2 alleging that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are unprecedented in eight specific ways:
That’s quite a list.
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