We “fucked up,” and we did it big time. I’d apologize for the language, but no other words adequately describe the damage we have done globally to the good-standing reputation of vaccines. Children across the globe are now going to, and currently are, contracting diseases once defeated, all thanks to conveniently calling important Covid treatments that reduce severe SARS-COV2 – “vaccines.”
I rarely write articles if I am pissed off for the simple reason logic tends to fall by the wayside, but in this instance, I forgo that rule as I am roundly and soundly pissed off. To be absolutely clear, in case you’ve been under a rock for the last two years, Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and every company capable of producing treatments have been developing and manufacturing Covid therapies classified by government regulatory agencies as vaccines.
They are not! Full stop, end of sentence, end of debate. These medicines they have developed are a million miles away from a vaccine. They mitigate symptoms, a significant contribution to public health and an amazing response to SARS-COV2. In other words, if you have been immunized, you are far less likely to die from developing Covid after being infected with the SARS-COV2 virus. Vaccines, as best accepted by the public, prevent you from contracting or developing a disease like, for instance, polio. These “so-called” – as a popularized term Covid “vaccines” don’t do that. You still get sick.
Vaccinate, inoculate and immunize are three words that describe the “jab” people get to guard them against serious infectious illnesses. Harmonious – yes – but each offers a different consumer expectation. Did we select the right word to describe these breakthrough medicines? We did not.
Two years into the pandemic, the fallacy continues and has a foreseen side effect, an effect that anyone with sufficient intelligence could easily have and did foresee. By incorrectly calling and labeling these treatments vaccines, people have now associated everything attached to the Covid treatments with other vaccines. In the short span of two years, we may have undone a level of trust in vaccines that took generations to establish.
The public was led to believe by a cascade of voices that the vaccine would likely prevent infection and contagion. When people “fully vaccinated” fell ill, tested Covid positive, and passed the virus along, the belief bar in vaccines as preventive approaches to other deadly and debilitating viral illnesses began to fall. What was lost as the power public health message was that far fewer people who received a “shot” became seriously ill and hospitalized.
Fewer People Trust Vaccines Thanks to Mislabeled Covid Vaccines
In the UK, doctors are encouraging polio boosters as polio makes a reemergence for the first time in two generations. Measles and mumps are on the upsurge as parents shy away from basic, trusted vaccines with a long-established safety history. Thanks to the misconception that Covid treatments as designed to fully prevent viral contagion and fall short of that mark, too many parents have put a knee down on all vaccines. I cannot blame them as I have empathy for their rationale – but not for their action.
World’s Largest Clinical Trial Still Underway
We are engaged in the largest clinical trial the world has ever seen! There are problems with the Covid treatments, not the least of which is the fact that we are still generating long-term data for their safety. These were an urgent effort by governments, economists, public health officials and drug developers to answer the call to action and the needs of a population willing to lower the bar on longer-term standard safety protocols in favor of a quick-fix “I don’t want to die” solution. Billions of people have been jabbed, millions experienced side effects, and we continue with the madness while positioning and selling these incredible disease mitigators – treatments – as vaccines.
Risk versus risk has to be returned to medicine. There are risks associated with drugs and risks associated with not taking a medication. Make no mistake, these treatments have a place in the Covid world, for instance, for those at risk of death from comorbidities. But, we must come to terms that the risk may outweigh treatment benefits for some – PARTICULARLY IN CHILDREN.
And now, ironically, it is the children paying the price. As they again fall prey to diseases once eradicated, we have no one else to blame by abandoning good scientific processes – that includes taking sufficient time to study the data. Hopefully, this will work out for the best. If it doesn’t, let’s remember, we did this to ourselves.