– by Ted Kuntz –
“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.”
– Robert F. Kennedy, 1966
In December 2020 Health Canada approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canada. Canada became the third country in the world to do so after the United Kingdom and Bahrain. A vaccine has been promised as the panacea to end the lockdowns and return life to normal. There are many reasons to be concerned that a vaccine will not enable a return to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The vaccine may not prevent infection or transmission
Those clamoring for a COVID vaccine are under the mistaken notion that the vaccine will protect them from infection from SARS-CoV-2. Afterall, isn’t this what a vaccine is for? The reality is that the COVID vaccines under development are not required to demonstrate that they prevent infection or transmission as a condition of licensure. This was apparent in a statement by Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Teresa Tam when announcing the new Pfizer vaccine.
Vaccine manufacturers are also not required to demonstrate that the vaccine causes a reduction in severe illness, hospitalization or death. According to a report in the British Medical Journal, “Hospital admissions and deaths from covid-19 are simply too uncommon in the population being studied for an effective vaccine to demonstrate statistically significant differences in a trial of 30 000 people. The same is true of its ability to save lives or prevent transmission: the trials are not designed to find out.”
The inability of vaccines to prevent infection and transmission is not uncommon. Five vaccines – polio, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), influenza and tetanus are not designed to prevent infection and transmission of illness. They only reduce the severity of symptoms should infection occur.
This begs the question – what will the COVID vaccine do? Public health authorities have said that vaccine recipients will still be required to wear masks, physically distance, and avoid crowds. CDC’s own data indicates that over 80% of individuals who test positive for COVID are asymptomatic, that is without any symptoms. For these individuals, a COVID vaccine will be all risk and no benefit.
COVID – a low lethality illness
Many individuals who intend to be at the front of the line for a COVID vaccine will do so because they believe COVID is an illness with a high mortality. This fear, generated by governments and the corporate media, creates a sense of panic that compels people to unwittingly accept a novel medical product with an unknown safety profile.
In April, Canadian health officers stated, “In a best-case scenario, Canada’s total COVID-19 deaths can range from 11,000 to 22,000.” And “In the bad scenarios, deaths go well over 300,000.” The reality is that the number of deaths purportedly caused by COVID is at the low end of the best-case estimates, and of these, more than 80% occurred in the elderly in long-term care settings.
According to the latest CDC data, COVID-19 is unlikely to cause death in the majority of the population. The overall lethality of COVID-19 is similar to a moderate seasonal flu. For our children, COVID is even less lethal than influenza. What is rarely acknowledged by our governments, health officers, and the corporate media is that safe and effective drugs for the prevention and treatment of COVID are now available. Such treatments negate the need for an ‘emergency use’ vaccine.
COVID vaccine uses genetic modification technology
The most significant concern with the COVID vaccine is the introduction of messenger RNA/DNA technology. This genetic modification technology has never before been used in humans. The consequences of introducing genetic altering technology into a human body is unknown. The potential exists for catastrophic consequences for the person receiving the vaccine and for any future children. The introduction of this technology is especially disconcerting given COVID vaccine manufacturers have demanded legal indemnity for any harm or injury caused by their products. The effect of legal indemnity is that vaccine manufacturers cannot be held liable when injuries and deaths occur. If these vaccines are as safe as claimed, why are manufacturers insisting upon indemnity? Would you buy a car—or anything else—from a company that is unwilling to stand behind its product?
Health Canada oversight insufficient
Many Canadians assume Health Canada provides rigorous oversight and would never permit a vaccine to be introduced into the Canadian market without robust testing to ensure both safety and effectiveness. Most Canadians are not aware that Health Canada does not conduct its own clinical trials to determine the safety and efficacy of a vaccine. Instead, Health Canada relies on the data provided by the vaccine manufacturers.
Canadians may also not be aware that vaccine producers as Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have paid billions in criminal penalties and settlements for research fraud, faking drug safety studies, failing to report safety problems, bribery, kickbacks and false advertising.
Health Canada also holds the perspective that it is not necessary for vaccine makers to test their products against a neutral placebo, a requirement for all other drugs and pharmaceutical products. Most consumers are unaware that none of the vaccines on Canada’s childhood vaccination schedule were tested against a neutral placebo. The safety profile of a vaccine cannot be established without testing it against a neutral placebo.
Vaccines are products injected into healthy children and adults. Because of this the level of safety testing ought to be even more rigorous than is required with pharmaceutical drugs. This is not the case. The safety testing of the COVID vaccine products are less rigorous and incomplete. Normal development timelines of a vaccine product is five to ten years. It is impossible to identify the long-term adverse effects of a COVID vaccine in the few months the product has existed. COVID vaccines are not tested for their ability to cause cancer, damage an organism, change the genetic information of an organism, impact the foetus of a pregnant woman, or to impair fertility.
Vaccines are not benign medical products. Vaccination is an invasive medical procedure that delivers by injection complex biochemical drugs and now genetic modifying technology. The consequences of vaccination can be serious, permanent, and even deadly. More than $4.4 billion US has been paid in compensation to vaccine injured individuals in the United States. This figure does not represent the full extent of vaccine injury given that less than 1% of vaccine injury is reported. Note: Compensation was not paid by the manufacturers of the vaccines. It was paid from a fee assessed on taxpayers.
Our governments and public health officers are acting in unprecedented ways. There are a number of questions we ought to be asking. Though these may be inconvenient truths, questioning authority could save your life. These include:
- How serious is COVID-19?
- Do the numbers justify the measures?
- Do these measures work?
- What do these numbers add up to?
Where is the Pandemic?
The impact and severity of COVID-19 can best be assessed by comparing the overall death rate in Canada in 2020 with previous years. If COVID is as deadly as purported, the rate of deaths in 2020 should be substantially higher. The data shows no significant increase in the rate of death in Canada in 2020 as compared to the period 2016 – 2019.
COVID vaccination is human experimentation
Normal safety protocols for vaccines involve testing in animals prior to testing on humans. This is especially critical with a coronavirus vaccine given its history of ‘pathogenic priming’. With previously attempted COVID vaccines, pathogenic priming caused an exaggerated immune response in lab animals resulting in severe injury and death. COVID vaccine makers have been permitted to bypass animal testing and move directly to testing on humans.
Health Canada granted Pfizer ‘interim approval’ for deployment of their vaccine in the general public WITHOUT completing phase three safety trials. Health Canada also acknowledges that long-term safety data does not exist for the vaccine, nor its impact on immune-compromised patients, patients with chronic or debilitating conditions, pediatric populations, and pregnant women.
There is no data that defines the vaccine’s interaction with other vaccines or prescription medications.
William Haseltine, a former Harvard Medical School professor is of the opinion that “These protocols seem designed to get a drug on the market sooner rather than later, on a timeline arguably based more on politics than public health.”
Questionable vaccine injury compensation
In response to the public’s concerns with the COVID vaccine, the Government of Canada announced its intention to create a national vaccine injury compensation program. Canada is more than three decades behind other countries in acknowledging vaccine injury and providing financial compensation to those injured and killed by vaccination. The fact is Canada was one of only two G20 Nations without a national vaccine injury compensation program. The other country is Russia.
With such a program, the ‘devil will be in the details. It is unclear what injuries will be compensated, who will decide, what level of compensation will be offered, and who pays. Families of vaccine injured children have been advocating for a ‘manufacturer pays’ system of compensation since 1984. They believe the manufacturer, not the taxpayer, ought to be held responsible for injuries and deaths caused by vaccines. Without such accountability there is little incentive for manufacturers to make the safest vaccines possible.
With a taxpayer funded program, the vaccine manufacturers keep the profits and taxpayers pay for the failures. Such legal and financial immunity does not exist with any other product licensed for sale in Canada. The promise of a vaccine injury compensation program, without any details or manufacturer accountability offers little reassurance to Canadians concerned about vaccine injury.
No individualized risk-benefit analysis
The arguments used to legitimize, legalize and implement COVID vaccination policies are ideological rather than evidence-based medicine. What is missing in the rush to license a COVID vaccine is a risk-benefit analysis. No data exists to prove that the benefits of the COVID vaccine outweigh the risks. Implementing a “one-size-fits-all” policy fails to recognize that the risk of infection and the risk of vaccination varies greatly depending upon a number of variables including age, pre-existing conditions, and whether one is a resident in an extended care facility.
Vaccine mandates violate rights
Those advocating for mandates and coercive measures to impose a COVID vaccine are undermining essential individual rights and freedoms. Canada is a signatory to The Universal Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights which describes consent as: “Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. The consent should, where appropriate, be expressed and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.”
According to the Nuremberg Code, developed in response to the medical abuses of the Nazi regime, informed voluntary consent means that “the person involved… should be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion.” Coercive vaccine policies that are being proposed by various governments and public health officers are a clear violation of Charter rights and freedoms and ethical medicine.
The foundation of an ethical medical system is informed consent. Informed consent has two requirements: informed and consent. It is difficult to become informed when information that challenges the government’s narrative is actively censored. Mainstream corporate and social media platforms vigorously censor vaccine information if it challenges the position of government, even censoring information from medical professionals and recognized vaccine experts. Consent is compromised when citizens are deprived of their access to goods and services, employment and travel if they chose to dissent. It’s dangerous when censorship is combined with coercive vaccination policies that take away the ethical and legal right to informed consent.
Freedom means choice
Vaccination is an invasive medical procedure. We hold the principle that where there is risk, there must be choice. To deny choice is to deny freedom. The threat we face to our civil rights is significant. At risk is the very freedom that forms a democratic society. The right to informed consent must be preserved in a free society.
Rights do not cease to be important during times of emergency, rather they become even more important.
CALL TO ACTION
Protect our right to informed consent Join more than 37,000 Canadians who have signed our House of Commons petition (e-2961) to protect our right to informed consent. We call upon the Government of Canada to:
- Preserve and protect our ethical, legal, and moral right to informed consent.
- Legally ensure COVID19 vaccines are voluntary. This choice must be without disadvantage or prejudice.
- Require that vaccine safety studies comply with standards equal to or exceeding other pharmaceutical products.
- Create an independent committee with a broad range of stakeholder representatives, including citizen vaccine safety advocates.
- Ensure no committee member has intellectual or financial conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical or medical industry.
- Grant this committee the power to independently review applications for approval of all vaccines, including COVID-19.
- Develop a vaccine injury compensation program whereby vaccine manufacturers are responsible for paying all costs related to the compensation for those injured or killed by their vaccines.
Vaccine Choice Canada has a long history of protecting our rights and freedoms in Canada. These rights include informed consent, bodily sovereignty, and the right of parents to make medical decisions for their dependent children.
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