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‘Australia – 96 percent adult Covid vaccinated, 72 percent adult boosted – now fears it is heading into its fourth Covid wave this year.
Which can mean only one thing – get another mRNA shot!
Can’t make it up.
Here’s the latest advice from Professor Brett Sutton, the “chief health officer” of the state of Victoria:
(He only looks like your cousin who tells you every time he switches antidepressants:)
Whatever dose it might be, folks!
Added bonus: like most of Australia, Victoria endured police-enforced lockdowns for much of 2020 and 2021 as it waited for the vaccines to save it from Covid.
Bonus added bonus: about 85 percent of Australia’s deaths from Covid have come in 2022, the equivalent of almost 200,000 Covid deaths in the United States. Nearly all those people are not just vaccinated but boosted. This week’s report from New South Wales, Australia’s most populated state, shows that 18 out of 22 Covid deaths where vaccine status could be determined occurred in people who had been received at least three Covid vaccine doses. Three more deaths took place in people who had received two doses, and one in an unvaccinated person. In two cases vaccine status was unknown.
(Say this for Australia, if nothing else: at least they don’t lie about vaccine status on Covid deaths)
Double added bonus: Australia is enduring an ugly rise in all-cause mortality this year. Even factoring out Covid deaths, non-Covid all-cause mortality is up almost 10 percent, month after month after month.
(The red line is all deaths. That’s bad. The blue line is all non-Covid deaths. That’s worse. Something that’s not Covid is driving death rates far above the historical average.)
And no one seems to have any idea why deaths are so high. It’s a mystery inside an enigma inside a delicious burrito.
While the authorities figure it out, run along and get another booster!’https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/they-really-are-this-stupid-australia/comments?publication_id=363080&post_id=83721463&isFreemail=true&comments=true
‘For the second time in a week, top scientists have reported that “Omicron specific” Covid mRNA boosters are a $5 billion taxpayer-financed marketing gimmick.
The new shots work no better than the original mRNA shots to produce antibodies specifically targeting the Omicron variant.
And the Omicron shots are even WORSE than the original boosters in producing T-cells that target Omicron, according to the researchers, part of a group led by Dr. Dan Barouch, a highly respected virologist. This finding is of particular concern because T-cells, the second line of the immune system, keep infections from becoming too severe.
Boosters using the original mRNA formulation have been largely phased out, because – as public health bureaucrats now admit – they stop working against Omicron infection within weeks. In fact, real-world data from many countries suggest they increase the risk of infection within months.
The “Omicron-specific” boosters were supposed to solve that problem. Regulators approved them in August, despite a lack of any clinical trial evidence they reduced coronavirus infections or serious cases of Covid in people. The Federal government agreed to pay Pfizer and Moderna $5 billion for 171 million doses of them.
But both Dr. Barouch’s study and another last week from Dr. David Ho, another top virologist, found that Omicron-specific boosters work no better than the original boosters against Omicron. Both studies showed the antibodies our immune systems produce after the Omicron shot are more effective against the original and now essentially extinct version of Sars-Cov-2 than against Omicron variants.
This phenomenon is called “original antigenic sin” or “immune imprinting,” and can occur after any vaccination – or infection. But the mRNA shots appear particularly likely to cause it, probably because they stimulate such high levels of anti-spike antibodies when they are first given.
The findings help explain why so many people, including Centers for Disease Control director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, have recently tested positive shortly after being boosted.
But Dr. Barouch’s group went further than Dr. Ho’s, examining T-cells as well. It found the same problem; following both the Omicron and the old booster, T-cells focused much more on the original Sars-Cov-2 than Omicron variants.
T-cells are a crucial second line of immune defense, helping the body keep infections from becoming too severe. Because Omicron is not very dangerous to most people, so a weak T-cell response does not matter much against it. But if a future Sars-Cov-2 variant is more dangerous, the relative lack of a T-cell response could put vaccinated people may be at serious risk.
(Bivalent is a fancy word for “Omicron-specific.” Except the Omicron-specific booster isn’t Omicron-specific at all, which is why T-cells targeting Omicron hardly rise at all following the bivalent booster, while they more than double after the original booster.)
As the researchers concluded:
Our findings suggest that immune imprinting by prior antigenic exposure may pose a greater challenge than currently appreciated for inducing robust immunity to SARS-CoV-2 variants.
Such a polite way to say, we gave a billion-plus people mRNA shots that probably opened them to future Sars-Cov-2 infections forever.
No worries! Lessons learned and all that.’https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/another-new-study-yes-a-second-one/comments?publication_id=363080&post_id=81234239&isFreemail=true&comments=true
‘Esteemed Virologist Dr. Theo Schetters wrote me this evening, with a troublesome message.
After we had had the interview at De Nieuwe Wereld in Leiden (Netherlands), censorship became harsh.
De Nieuwe Wereld was not allowed to upload new items to YouTube for a week.
The new media Blckbx.tv channel was blocked from streaming their programs using YouTube for two weeks after I appeared in one of their programs where I presented the same results.
In that particular show, I asked for suspension of the upcoming autumn vaccination campaign. They didn’t.
So, I have written this short update to present this to a broader audience.
I would appreciate if you could post it and spread the message on your substack.
For additional context and detail, please see the prior substack post on this topic which can be found here.
UPDATE CORRELATION VACCINATION AND MORTALITY IN THE NETHERLANDS OCTOBER 30TH 2022
In the Netherlands, the autumn vaccination campaign started in week 37 of 2022 (triangles). As scheduled, the elderly (>80 years old) and subjects that belong to the high-risk population, were the first to receive the vaccinations (mRNA corona vaccines). Immediately after the onset of the campaign, there was a rise in mortality (red line). This temporal relationship between vaccination and increase in mortality appeared similar to that found earlier during the spring vaccination campaign that was started in week 9 earlier this year (blue line). Although the data lack sufficient detail to firmly establish causality, these results call for immediate suspension of the vaccinations. Detailed investigation into the cause of increased mortality is paramount.
A presentation that explains which data were used, where they can be found and how they were analyzed can be found here.’https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/update-coronavax-safety-in-the-netherlands?publication_id=583200&post_id=81614697&isFreemail=true
‘The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pressured U.S. regulators to clear COVID-19 boosters without clinical trial data, according to emails obtained by Judicial Watch.‘https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/cdc-fda-authorize-covid-vaccine-boosters-et/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=fb030b06-800a-4562-8a06-0cb5c29603f5
mRNA Vaccines: Fact Versus Fiction.
‘My purpose is not to overwhelm you with all of the various clips, newspaper clippings, scientific journal articles, et cetera, et cetera, but rather to help you to comprehend the technology and why it’s being pushed and how it’s being pushed. I’m going to present this as being focused on comprehension, not politics.
Now that may elicit some, “Oh, you’re just controlled opposition.” That seems to be a favorite theme that’s hitting me and Jordan Peterson and Peter McCullough and a number of others, which is extremely divisive right now and isn’t helping any of us. But just to set the record straight, two months ago in the Global COVID Summit Declaration IV we made unequivocal statements about the need to prosecute, that the need for accountability is there, that the vaccine should be stopped. They’re neither saved nor effective, et cetera. I just want to make it clear that I put out, and my colleagues in Global COVID Summit and the International Alliance of Physicians and Medical Scientists have been very clear about our position regarding these products. I won’t call them vaccines. I think that’s really not an appropriate term given their activity, but that’s not my purpose here. I’m hoping that by, if I can make the slides work, there we go, that by the time we’re through with this, you’ll kind of understand these core things. What are the drivers of COVID crisis response and the multiple truths behind them?
Looking at understanding the RNA technology as a way to start to make sense out of what we’ve all experienced. Paul has just given you another lens that through which you can view what has occurred. There are many others. He, for instance, just barely touched on the World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization, the collusion with the UN, et cetera. He hasn’t really talked about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiatives. There is so many different ways that we can understand and begin to process what we’ve experienced over the last two and a half years. I speak about those various ways in different forums. But this one, I’m just going to focus on the RNA tech. It’s enough to handle that in the time we have here.
What was the unmet medical need that was being addressed? I think it’s important for us to understand at least those points of view of the other side that are comprehensible. There are clearly aspects that are nefarious, but I want you to understand at least some of the underlying rationale. Understand genetic vaccine technology, including mRNA. What is really the tech? It has been presented to a lot of people as a black box. It has this acronym that seems very intimidating to many people. I hope that when you leave here, you’ll feel that you have a good grasp of what the technology is, what its fundamentals are so that you can process information and read the papers and make your own decisions about what you think things mean.
I want you to understand the difference between the payload and the platform. We’re talking about the fundamentals of the pharmacology of this product category. I want you to understand how and why it’s being pushed. This is more about me trying to give you insight and understanding about what is going on here as seen through this one lens of the mRNA technology and the falsehoods and truths that are behind it. It is only one of many lenses. I’ve spoken about mass formation. I’ve spoken about the World Economic Forum. I’ve spoken about the administrative state. There’s so many variables going on here that we could talk for eight hours, but I’m just going to focus on the RNA.
Why mRNA vaccines? Why is this being pushed? There is this universal global, and understand what you’ve experienced here in Virginia is mirrored by the people that I was just speaking to at a conference in Padua, Italy about an hour and a half ago. The same things have been experienced in Brazil, all over the Western world. Why has this been pushed? What is the unmet need that’s being addressed? Now, I’m not placing a value on whether they’re right or wrong. I just want you to understand the underlying logic, at least at the surface of this.
The problem we have is that the technology to enable individuals to engineer bio-weapons has become so trivial that a college senior working out of their, or somebody of similar education level, they can self-train, working out of their garage with stuff they can get off of eBay, can easily recreate the most lethal pathogen combinations that our government came up with in the bio-warfare program that we ran for years. I’m not saying we’re not still running it. We do it under a different moniker. We call it defensive bio-weapons research, not offensive bio-weapons research. I’m not sure what the difference is, but that’s the language that’s imposed from the bio-warfare treaty that was signed. It leaks like a sieve.
But I want you to understand, and if you don’t mind keeping the slides up on the monitor because I need those because I’m of a certain age that I need these visual connections. Just to frame it, with traditional vaccine technology, we anticipate having vaccines, if everything goes well, for all of the bio-warfare agents deployed up until the end of World War II, that’s tularemia and smallpox and all those things. Vaccines for all of the warfare agents deployed up until the end of World War II, and we’ll have all those by the year 2050 if everything goes well.
Clearly, now we’re in an environment in which a young adult or a bad actor in any part of the world can create very potent bio-weapons. Clearly, we don’t have the capability to respond to that efficiently. That is the underlying unmet medical need. That’s the problem set. We need to be all clear about that. We get all wound up. I’m not defending in any way the way this has been deployed. I’m not saying that this solution is the best solution. I’m just saying there is an unmet medical need, which is there is a very significant threat. It is not trivial. It’s not a figment of Cheney’s imagination that bio-warfare agents can be engineered.
I’m convinced we have been doing most of the engineering up until this point, and the stuff that is going to come out in Bobby’s (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.) next book is going to blow your circuits in terms of what we have done in Georgia and Ukraine. We’ll park that. These things are being done. The problem is that once they’re let loose, which we’ve all experienced over the last three years, it’s almost three years now really. It’s the end of September, the data shows that the beginning of the outbreak was at least September of 2019, if not earlier. We’ve got three years of experience now in what this means.
Once those things are let loose, they can sweep the world. The technology is now advanced to the point where pathogens can be engineered so they’re relatively specific for different ethnic groups based on their genetics. Pathogens can be engineered. I can tell you my friends, or what used to be my buddies at DTRA, Defense Threat Reduction Agency Chem Bio Division, are extremely acutely aware that agents can be engineered to target ethnic groups. That’s the battlefield. That’s the real environment we’re in. We have to have some technology to enable rapid response.
We have to have some technology to enable rapid response for special forces teams that are going to go in to wherever the bad guys are when we detect them and address that problem and take them out. Those special forces need to be protected. We need to have capabilities that can be deployed at the battalion level. We need to have capabilities that can be deployed at the population level. This RNA tech was one of the ones, together with monoclonal antibodies, that the government has long believed had huge potential to enable that type of rapid response.
They actually like monoclonal antibodies better. The idea behind monoclonal antibodies that they really like is you can administer these products to a special forces group. They go in theater, do their business, come back out, go see their wife, monoclonal antibody is gone. It’s cleared. Yay. The problem is that the technology just has not performed. The monoclonal antibody technology is too cludgy. It’s too cumbersome. What we’ve learned over the last three years is that viruses and pathogens can evolve to escape that fairly rapidly because they’re fairly specific. We’ve all seen the viral evolution in real time. We experienced it.
That’s the unmet medical need and the justification underlying this. That there is an unmet need for some technology, that will now allow rapid response to both emerging pathogens and engineered pathogens such as bio-warfare or terrorism-based pathogens. I think we can all agree that we would like such a technology to exist.
The truth is that DARPA, which is the operational development arm, basically the CIA, fell in love with the RNA technology over a decade ago. They decided to capitalize it and force it into the market space. For instance, they’re the ones that have capitalized through In-Q-Tel, their investment arm, the new RNA manufacturing facilities up in Canada. This is a CIA program. There’s no ambiguity here. I’m not telling state secrets.
The technology was basically pulled out of the trash can, because it had been suppressed by Merck after I developed it over 30 years ago. Then it was advanced very aggressively by DARPA. DARPA funded and basically built Moderna. They’re continuing to push all this. They’re pushing it through the government. What you’re seeing is the power of the intelligence community and the new bio-defense industrial complex that’s developed since the anthrax attacks and it really goes beyond that in being able to push their agenda through the government.
When you see all these circumventing of normal procedures and rules, that’s happening because largely our intelligence community is pushing that through the administrative state structure. Why are they doing it? I think if we just back up for a minute and say, “Okay, let’s try to give them the benefit of the doubt for a moment.” What I think they are believing is that they have to push this, they have to get acceptance for this technology because there are no alternatives. The threat is so severe, in their opinion, in their spooky world, the threat is so severe that something has …
spooky world. The threat is so severe that something has to exist, and this is something they’ve latched onto. Now, I’m saying this not to defend them. I’m saying this to try to help you to understand what you’ve been subjected to. DNA versus RNA vaccines. I had come up with both ideas back at the Salk in ’89. DNA can also be used for vaccine purposes. This is the core idea, the little brilliant insight that I had. I don’t think I’m being arrogant in saying that. This little thing that popped into my brain when I was at this gene therapy lab at the Salk, and I realized that we had a problem. The gene therapy wasn’t going to work because the new genes that are the good genes are seen by the immune system as just different. They’re producing different proteins, and your immune system doesn’t know whether it’s a good protein or a bad protein. It just knows that it’s a different protein. It will attack it.
And that turned out to be the logic flaw in gene therapy. And they still haven’t solved that. The only way to solve it is to put the genes into an immunocompromised compartment like the back of your eye or to immunosuppressed people. And I basically was there as a student passionately wanting to develop gene therapy, realized that the whole field that I’d committed my life to was never going to work. And came up with the idea, oh, well, it could be used to elicit a vaccine response. Gene therapy could be used for vaccines. Which is why I’ve said all the way through, these are not really vaccines. These are gene therapy technologies applied to vaccination. That includes the adenovirus vectors. It’s explicit.
And the first embodiment, I filed these patents, and they included use of mRNA in particular. I thought it had advantages, but also, DNA. And the world picked up on the DNA part because it worked in mice. Merck bought the rights, and they spent well over a billion dollars that could never make it work. And they just abandoned it until, like I said, the CIA basically picked up the RNA part out of the trash can and pushed it forward and made it work. So, that’s what’s happening here. It’s about the idea that we can use gene therapy technology, deliver genes into your body and cause your cells to become little manufacturing factories, to produce a part of a virus, a foreign protein, and generate an immune response, both a T-cell and a B-cell. So, cellular and humoral immunity against that foreign protein in a way that would be very similar as if you got infected by the virus. But there’s no virus. That was the logic.
The problem is like everything, it all sounds great on paper, and then, you got to make it work, and you got to deal with the consequences when things don’t go right. I just wanted you to understand that. The logic for why mRNA was because mRNA typically only lasts for a few hours or maybe half a day after it’s manufactured in your body. The idea that I had way back then was that this RNA could be used like a drug, administered, and that if somebody has a toxicity, a toxic reaction, it’ll be degraded and gone. Just like you clear most drugs. And then, a physician can decide, let’s not do that again. That was the idea behind RNA as opposed to DNA, which sticks around for a long, long time in your body once it’s in a cell. That’s where this started from.
Now, let’s talk about, remember, my goal is that you walk out of this understanding. This is not a focus on passing judgment. This is a focus on empowering you to comprehend what’s going on. And the starting point is you have to understand that DNA makes RNA, and RNA makes protein. Not everybody has been through modern biology and understands the central dogma, but that’s where this is going. mRNA is one of many different types of RNA. It’s an acronym. It sounds scary to some people. It means messenger RNA. There’s other kinds of RNA. Ribosomal RNA, transfer RNA. They do different things. RNA is just a molecule, a polymer that your body uses for many different things.
And one of them is to transfer information from DNA to the protein manufacturing machinery. And so, the idea of using mRNA as a drug is basically like hijacking the normal apparatus. If you think of RNA like a ticker tape to tell the little machine that makes protein what to make, you’re taking and sticking in a foreign molecule, a foreign RNA that’s not made from a copy of your DNA, and that’s going to make the protein manufacturing machinery make a different protein, protein from a virus. I just wanted you to understand that. And this is just a diagram of those different types of RNAs and the machinery. We don’t need to go into the molecular biology of it.
And we all know this virus now. Everybody’s become a virologist and an epidemiologist over the last three years. And the spike protein on the right, as you can see, has kind of two parts. One is a part that sticks into the cell. And by the way, it exists as a trimer. I like to think of it as a treble hook, anybody go fishing. It’s a trimer. And the little hook’s on the end, so the barbs or the receptor binding domain, and the part that you tie the string to is the S1 subunit that sticks itself into the cell when it’s being manufactured. That’s the basic structure of the virus and the protein. Now, these are images, and they’re hard to see from where you are. I’m going to talk to you about the tech, the formulation platform.
These are not liposomes. These are positively-charged fats, and RNA is negative. And you take these fats and you mix them with the RNA, and it all collapses into a glob. The problem with that is that when it collapses into a glob like this, it can stick to other globs. It produces very large aggregates. That’s why the people that are administering these vaccines have very strict guidelines. Once they open the bottle and they hydrate it, they need to use it within a short period of time because otherwise, it forms big aggregates. And those big aggregates can be toxic to people. And there is a technology used to keep this aggregation from happening. And it’s one of those different little parts that are in that upper panel that shows examples schematically of the chemicals that are used, these positively charged fats, and some of the other things that are added into the formulation, which includes cholesterol, among other things.
And one of those is polyethylene glycol. And polyethylene glycol is probably responsible for a lot of the short-term anaphylaxis. These are people that die within an hour or two after administration. Some people have hypersensitivity to polyethylene glycol. Polyethylene glycol is in there to keep these things from aggregating, and it’s specifically engineered in this case so that it falls off of the particle soon afterwards because otherwise, it would keep the particle from binding to cells and delivering the RNA. That’s kind of all I want to talk about, about the core idea. And as you can see from that little spiral, all of this aggregates and forms around a synthetic RNA that’s made in the test tube. It’s not really RNA. The stuff that’s being administered is not natural RNA. That’s another… Paul has his list of lies.
Another one of the lies is that the stuff that’s being injected with these vaccines is not truly RNA. It’s modified. One of the four parts, AUGC, that forms the bead, the string of pearls. Think of string of pearls with four different colors. That’s RNA. But one of those colors, the U, is actually a modified U. It’s pseudouridine. And it’s put in there because the RNA has two problems as a mechanism for vaccination, as a delivery mechanism.
One is that these formulations are incredibly inflammatory. They provoke… If you want to generate pus, take these formulations without all the bells and whistles they’ve had to put on them, and inject them into an animal. They are highly inflammatory, and they’re still inflammatory now. We know that now. We’ve experienced over the last three years. That’s always been the problem with the tech. And they tried to solve it by incorporating this modified U called pseudouridine, which depresses the immune response to the RNA and a lot of other things. And it makes the RNA last a much longer time so it can keep making protein.
Pseudouridine is what’s put all the way through this RNA rather than regular uridine. And because it has, it confers these activities, but it is not a natural RNA. It’s not what the ideas that I originally came up with. The stuff would only stick around for a few hours. Now, this is too small for me to read and probably is too small for you to read, but the bottom line, as I said, is that pseudouridine greatly modifies this whole equation in so many different ways. And when it was developed and patented at UPenn as a modification to the core patents and technology, it wasn’t really understood what it does.
The biology of pseudouridine is still not understood. And that’s part of the story of all of this is that folks have kind of gotten ahead of their skis all the way through. They’ve pushed the technology because they want it so badly because the unmet medical need is so profound. They’re so afraid of the risk, in part because we’re creating that risk. But that’s another story. And they wanted to have something that would be universal, that they could apply for any new pathogen and that could go straight from gene to vaccine. That’s the idea.
And what they did is they kind of rushed things without understanding it. Now, you’ll recall that we’re administering, we’re all receiving… Those that have received the vaccine, receive it in their deltoid. And what the FDA has told all the docs and Pfizer has told all the docs, is that that RNA, those complexes go to draining lymph nodes, and they do. The axillary lymph nodes that drain from that deltoid take that complex, it’s piped into there through the lymphatics, and a lot of it does go there. Unfortunately, the data show that it also goes all over the body. But back in the day when this was just getting started, three years ago, well, we could argue about that, but as these particular products were being developed, they were being sold, the technology was being sold that the formulations used would only go to those lymph nodes. Now, we know that that’s not true, but that’s how it was pitched.
Now, what happens when that’s done? The big story here underlying all this fraud and everything that Paul is talking about is the FDA did not do its job. FDA did not do its job, I think, because it was being pushed into a position of having to go along with what the intelligence community wanted and all of the push from the White House and everywhere else that we needed to have this technology, we needed to have this technology deployed globally. And so, we’re going to just allow a lot of corners to be cut.
Finally, at the beginning of this year, with this paper published in January, a group from Stanford University asked the questions. How long is the RNA there? How long is the protein, spike protein being made? How much spike protein is being made? Fundamental questions that should have been known at the very beginning. But the FDA did not force the pharmaceutical companies to do those tests because they justified it. They did a little hand waving.
… because they justified it, they did a little hand waving. They said, “These are not gene therapy products. These are vaccine products.” Now that’s a lie, a convenient lie, but that’s what they did and that allowed them to justify only applying the vaccine safety checklist at the FDA rather than also applying the gene therapy checklist. This is why when I first started talking about this and I said, “This is gene therapy.” I got so much blow back from all the fact checkers in the press, et cetera, is because they could not allow the narrative to come out that this is actually a gene therapy product applied for vaccine purposes. But we know that the manufacturers knew that to be the case because they had said so in their SEC filings before all this happened years ago, okay? So this is another one of the little slights of hand that was used.
But this group at Stanford went and finally did the work that should have been done before this was administered to all of us, and what did they find? Well, among other things they documented, this is one of the first key papers that immune imprinting is happening, which is why when you get multiply jabbed, and I think these boosters are going to make it even worse, you actually become more susceptible to the viral infection because your immune system is tuned to only responding to the historic strain, not the current strain.
But they found some other things in here, and I’m sorry this is too much text, so I’ll just tell you. What they found was that the levels of protein, these are actual patients, this isn’t animal models or anything else, this is patients that have received vaccine, the levels of spike protein in the blood of these patients were much higher than the levels of spike protein found after infection. With infection, the virus is slowly starting to replicate in your nose and your oral pharynx and your mouth and your upper respiratory tract and your immune system is kicking in and starting to neutralize that, and they’re having a fight as a gradual balance and it results in a slow growth in the amount of antigen.
With the RNA, when that young gentleman there that’s going to sleep gets his vaccine, which hopefully he didn’t take, what happens is his body gets a truckload of spike antigen that’s basically dumped into his bloodstream on a very short time course, very different from natural infection. And so when people say, “Well, why would you see toxicity with the spike protein from the vaccines and not see the same… Why would it be worse with the vaccines than with the infection?” Well, because of dosing, there’s so much more protein being produced, and by the way, it’s being produced for a long time, about 60 days or longer. They didn’t test beyond 60 days. Furthermore, the RNA doesn’t just go away after a few hours like real RNA, this RNA that has pseudouridine in it lasts for up to 60 days as long as they test it. Again, this is not theoretical, this is putting needles into patients axillary lymph nodes, taking a sample and asking is the RNA there and taking blood samples and asking how much protein is in those blood samples. So that explains a lot of what we’ve experienced.
Then there’s this issue, and this is part of the lies that Paul was talking about that we’ve all experienced, that natural immunity is not as good as vaccine-induced immunity. There are many, many papers out now that show that that’s not true. And from first principles it’s easy to understand why it’s not true. When they built these vaccines they chose to basically start with what had been done before and failed with MERS and SARS 1 vaccine development and only use a single protein, only used the spike protein and used the whole spike protein because they were in denial that the whole spike protein was a toxin and they still are, but they’re kind of starting to have to concede that point.
But they only used one antigen. When you get infected by the virus, you mount a antibody and a cellular immune response against a whole bunch of antigens, and so if the virus starts to evolve to evade immune surveillance on the spike protein, which is what’s happened in the face of all these jabs that everybody’s got all over the world, if it starts with a natural immunity, if it starts to evolve to escape that immune suppression, immune pressure on the spike, it can’t do that at the same time that it’s evolving to escape all the other forms of immune pressure that are there because of all the other proteins that it makes. This is fundamental. Everybody knows this in my field, but they’ve been in denial about this and this is this insistence that their approach is the best and is accurate and it won’t drive the immune escape, et cetera, et cetera. But the data are in now, natural immunity is more robust, longer lasting, more protective, and likely, results in much less [inaudible 00:33:50] development.
What are the risks? Let’s see if I can read them here. This is actually the Cumulative Analysis of Post-Authorization Adverse Event Report from Pfizer, this is from the data that was forced to be released by Pfizer by court order instead of being delayed for 7 years, like Paul was talking about. Central general disorders, nervous system disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory disorders, skin disorders, infections, cardiac, vascular, psychiatric, blood and lymphatic, eye, immune, it goes on and on. In the Pfizer disclosure, it’s 11 pages, okay? They’ve known all this stuff. This isn’t what they thought might happen, this is coming from pharmaco vigilance at Pfizer with their licensed vaccines, because the stuff that’s here in the United States is not the licensed product, by the way. This is data coming from all over the world accumulated by Pfizer by the pharmaco vigilance team, and this is what they’re reporting to the FDA, which the FDA of course then denied was actually happening.
The list of adverse events is huge, it’s like nothing any of us have ever really seen with a product like this. I’ve certainly never seen anything like with this vaccine, let alone the mortality. And why our government and our regulatory agencies, both in the US and globally, aren’t willing to address that is another whole discussion about the politics and the corruption that’s gone on, and Paul kind of touched on that a little bit, but we could go on for hours.
Now, the last key thing I kind of want you to understand as we talk about this, we talk about these genetic vaccine technologies, and I guarantee they’re going to be deployed on you for years now, but you need to understand some of these fundamentals, platform versus payload, and everybody gets mixed up in this. There’s the platform technology, which has the potential to enable a whole new class of pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, customized treatments for individuals for their cancer, all kinds of good stuff, this is why these companies have their market cap, potentially to enable a new class of pharmaceuticals based on delivery of genetic information.
The idea, as I mentioned with the platform, is that you can go direct from genetic sequence to product and shorten the development time because the manufacturing is the same no matter what the sequence is. You just key it into the computer. That’s why they love it. They think that once they get one standard manufacturing process with all the characterization associated with it, they don’t have to do it again. They can just go to the computer, key it in, sequence whatever the thing is, make customized medicines for your wife because she’s got cancer or any new pathogen that’s come out of Central Africa or whatever the thing is. That’s their belief system.
The mRNA platform includes all of the things that are required to manufacture and deliver the RNA, that’s separate from the thing that’s made, the protein that’s made, that’s called the payload. It’s kind of important for you to understand going forward to make sense out of all this stuff. Okay, so you understand platform versus payload, the spike protein and the RNA coating the spike protein is the payload. The way that it’s packaged, assembled, manufactured, tested, et cetera, is the platform. The platform consists of these fats, the polyethylene glycol, other RNAs, the synthetic mRNA, other components.
Is there graphene oxide? The problem I have with that question, which has been coming at me for almost two years now, is there’s no way for me to know whether there’s graphene oxide or not. There’s a lot of graphene oxide in the general environment, and the only way that this can ever be demonstrated to either true or false is either if, number one, the pharmaceutical companies come clean with the components that are in these products, and they will not release that, okay? They will not release a full component list. Or, a regulatory agency or someone else empowered will test the lots coming off of the line rigorously in a controlled way with a clear chain of custody as they have always done in the past, and which they are forbidden from doing by contract from these manufacturers.
So the problem I have with the graphene oxide and the other contaminants is that in most cases there is no good way to answer that question because we are forbidden from answering that question because, through contract, the regulatory agencies aren’t able to do their job all over the world and assess what’s actually in those vials. Are they truly pure? Is the identity what’s defined? Is the potency what’s defined? The pharmaceutical companies have executed contracts that prevents that from being known.
There’s no question that we have contaminants of small glass fragments and small metal fragments in many lots, not necessarily all lots, and those are known types of contaminants that come from existing pharmaceutical manufacturing processes like fill/finish, and they’re absolutely toxic. And again, that’s evidence that the regulatory agencies have not been doing their job. That’s their job is to ensure purity, potency, and identity.
The payload also includes the manufacturing, purification and testing processes, which I’ve just talked about, have been co-opted. It includes the regulatory package, including the nonclinical testing. So this is the notorious animal testing that was done not with the spike encoding RNA, but with the firefly protein called luciferase, using the least sensitive method for detecting where the product goes, which is whole body imaging as opposed to dissecting the tissues and analyzing them. Somehow the FDA allowed the wool to be pulled over their eyes by the pharmaceutical companies and they allowed them to use the least sensitive method for determining where this stuff goes and where it’s making protein. That’s another huge failure.
But the platform includes all of that data, fill, finish, distribution and storage, all of that goes into the platform tech. And the payload is, as I mentioned, the RNA, which causes your cells to become the manufacturing facilities. And that RNA itself can have biologic activity, so I’ve talked about the pseudouridine immunosuppression, increased half life. Another major problem with these products is that during the manufacturer of the RNA itself or the pseudouridine RNA, what happens is that the polymerase, the thing that’s making it in this biologic reaction stops periodically and when it does that it releases a fragment of RNA that’s incomplete. Those RNA fragments…
RNA that’s incomplete. Those RNA fragments are biologically active. They can interfere, they can elicit immune responses, all kinds of things. And they don’t have a good way to purify those. So the material that’s being injected, it’s not just a false RNA, a pseudo uridine, including RNA, but it’s a whole mixture of stuff of which they hope the majority is the thing they want. But they haven’t created any purification guidelines for all these other contaminants. If it was a normal drug or a normal biologic, the FDA would be rigorously scrutinizing and ensuring that it is only the biologic that it’s claimed to be and doesn’t have any other contaminants or so, if they’re contaminants there’s strict guidelines about how much. That doesn’t exist here.
The payload also includes the protein. And the primary protein in this case is spike. In other cases is the influenza hemagglutinin for the new flu vaccines. But that protein we now know can have other things embedded in it. And I mentioned the snake venom story. I don’t think that the sequence analysis supports that thesis of Dr. Artis. I’m absolutely not convinced. But the possibility that these proteins can be engineered to include other antigens, or do include other antigens is absolutely feasible, is absolutely viable. So the payload and the sequence of the payload and what it causes your cells to manufacture are crucial.
Now, how and why is this being pushed? Obviously, we’ve all experienced the propaganda and censorship, and Paul’s talked about that. I’ve experienced it personally. This is uncontrolled information warfare, unrestricted information warfare at a level the world has never seen before. We have a situation in which all of the major media is controlled by large financial entities that happen to be the same ones that control the pharmaceutical industry. And functionally, control our government. What we’ve seen is that the propaganda information warfare blocking of anybody disclosing adverse events, like all of you that got up and said you’ve known of people directly that have either died or been damaged. I’ve been vaccine damaged. That’s not allowed to be discussed.
It’s not allowed to be discussed because of the potential impact on the deployment of this product, which they believe that the ends justify the means. That it is absolutely essential that they get the world to be able to accept this new technology because if they don’t… And there’s all the other agendas about the vaccine card, and the personal ID and central bank digital currency, et cetera. But, at the fundamental level, there’s a belief that this technology is so important that we have to push it through the entire population. And we have to get people to accept it. And so, that’s so important that they believe that they were justified in deploying the largest propaganda effort the world has ever seen.
Paul underestimated. It was over a billion dollars spent by the CDC, okay? And it’s still ongoing. What that results in is that people cannot have informed consent. So I have a colleague who blames me, says that because I talk about mass formation psychosis, I’m saying that everybody is responsible and the global predators are not responsible. In no way is that true. That’s a false narrative. And I’m in no way saying that individuals are responsible if they, like I, took the vaccine. We were not able to obtain informed consent.
In my case, I had a teleconference because of who I am and my background. I had a teleconference specifically with Peter Marks at the FDA early on where I said, “Peter, I’m concerned about these things that are in this non-clinical package. You guys have been hoodwinked.” And he told me, basically, “Robert, give me some time to get this out. I have the new data package from Pfizer. I have no concerns now. Please don’t make a big issue out of this.” And I stayed silent for a few months based on that, and I took the jab. And I got the toxicity. My point is I was fooled. We were all fooled. And we were all prevented from having informed consent. So forgive each other, please. Forgive me.
Now, this is new information that was just published. In April of 2021 there was a World Health Organization consultation. Now, that’s fancy bureaucratic talk for we all get together and figure out what we’re gonna do. It was chaired by Margaret Liu of Merck, who was the person that was at the forefront of the team trying to get DNA vaccines developed back in the ’90s and failed. But she was the chairperson, very much an industrial scientist. In this meeting that brought together all the regulatory agencies from all over the world, it was decided to circumvent normal preclinical and clinical testing based on this shared core platform concept. That’s why I wanted you to understand what the platform was as opposed to the payload.
So there was a conference at WHO in which all the Western regulatory agencies got together and China, and they all agreed that we’re gonna treat this as a platform technology, and we’re going to push it through with very limited testing. And then once we’ve done that, new products can be rapidly developed by grandfathering in that old inadequate data package. Now, I’m not saying this as a conspiracy theory. It’s published. And we are now seeing that being deployed. The only new data that will be required for these new vaccine and mRNA based therapeutic products is going to be that associated with the payload. So they’re gonna assume that the platform is safe now because it’s been deployed in billions of people. That’s another reason why they have to deny all the adverse events ’cause the whole logic collapses otherwise.
The FDA position, and we’ve now seen this deployed, thank you for five minutes… We’ve now seen this deployed with the new boosters. The FDA position is that changes in the mRNA sequence for similar payloads do not require substantial non-clinical or clinical data. What that means is what we’ve seen. They went to manufacturing, sales, and deployment of these new vaccines with virtually no real testing. To the extent that they did any testing in mice what they found was that it didn’t in any way interfere with infection of those mice by the pathogen. It didn’t work in the mice. It doesn’t matter. They’ve all agreed that this is the new rules.
So now, we have over 100 clinical trials for mRNA vaccines, 51 of which are currently enrolling, the rest are about to start enrolling in the United States, and they’re all grandfathered based on what they assert is the clear evidence that there is no safety risks associated with this technology because it’s been deployed in billions of people in the United States and worldwide.
In addition, there’s over 200 clinical trials for mRNA based drugs based on this same logic. This all grandfathers in a technology platform, ignores that what’s being delivered is not natural RNA. And what it creates is a situation. This is how things work in regulatory space. There’s only two companies right now that have those approved data packages. And what that means is that these two companies now have a monopoly on any new drugs, or vaccines developed and deployed with this technology. Because anybody else that’s gonna try to come in with their own version of it is gonna have to go through all of that other testing and demonstrate that their stuff is at least as safe and effective as the stuff that’s been deployed on all of us. So what the FDA has done is granted a monopoly in perpetuity to Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna.
So I hope that instead of talking about this toxicity or that toxicity, the event rate for the cardio toxicity, or whether or not we’re all going to die in five years that have taken the vaccines, what I’ve tried to do is to help you to comprehend what’s really going on underneath all of this. And remember my statement at the start, that’s not to say that this outbreak and the situation was not exploited for economic and power reasons by a bunch of other bad actors. It’s not to say that there wasn’t planning aforehand. It’s not to say that Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Bill Gates has not made book on this. It’s not to say that in any way I’m denying that the corruption in the FDA, and the CDC and academia, as Paul was talking about, is profound and deep and systemic. I’m only giving you this little lens of looking through the RNA technology environment so that you can comprehend at least that part as you try to make sense out of everything else.
I thank you for your time. I hope it was helpful.’https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/mrna-vaccines-the-cia-and-national?publication_id=583200&post_id=80797095&isFreemail=true
By: Tyson Illingworth
‘The Australian medical and health system has failed me and is now actively destroying the right to choose a treatment and the Doctor/Patient relationship – and what is concerning is they are now coming for you too.
My name is Tyson Illingworth, and I am an award winning, international DJ, composer, songwriter, and sound designer. The music industry and my fans know me by my artist’s name ‘TYDI’, and I have been a musician/composer for 20 years, and I’m only 35. Music is one of the most important and powerful things in my life and I am eternally grateful that I get to live my dream. I wake up every day excited about creating music for my millions of fans and clients around the world.
Never in my wildest dreams or more precisely my nightmares did I expect that I would find myself where I am today, instead of touring and being interviewed for my latest show, track or album, I am receiving daily media invitations to talk about my fight to regain my health after being injured and paralyzed by the Moderna vaccine.
It is important to know that I am pro-evidence-based science and thought the vaccine was safe for me. I believed whole heartedly that I was doing “the right thing” by getting vaccinated. I had complete faith and trust in my country’s (Australia) leadership and medical system – that is until I suffered a severe adverse reaction that left me helpless, paralyzed, and with no help from doctors or my government.
Before the pandemic hit, I lived in California for ten years, and like many others in 2021, I soon found my life came to a standstill and I had to move back to Australia. In October that same year I received my first vaccination. Within days I started to feel severe and unbearable shooting pain and paralysis in my hands and feet. I contacted a globally well-respected spinal surgeon for advice, and his reply scared me like nothing before: “This can only be evidence of a catastrophic Neurological failure”.
Shortly afterward, I was rushed to hospital where I stayed for 2 weeks. I was in disbelief and became depressed because I couldn’t believe the vaccine could do this to me, especially when we were all told it was safe and effective and if there was a reaction it would be minor. If this was not enough, whilst in hospital, I was under the care of a highly rude, and dismissive neurologist who repeatedly told me “There is no way this is the vaccine”. Over time my condition worsened; I asked the doctors at the hospital if I would ever walk ‘properly’ again, and they would not give me an answer because they were perplexed too. It was a surreal and lonely experience learning how to walk again, I had no one to turn to who could understand me and give me answers.
Before I was released from hospital the neurologist strongly advised me to get a second vaccine and said, “if you don’t get the second one, the first will be redundant.” I acted on the neurologist’s advice and ended up taking the second vaccine only a month after my first one, in hindsight I cannot believe I listened to her as I have always thought of myself as a critical thinker and instead, I took advice from a doctor who had no regard for my personal situation, she refused to listen to me and has been disingenuous.
Shortly after the second shot my injuries were further exacerbated and I was unable to move, my hands felt like they were on fire, and I struggled to get through the day. I was rushed to hospital once again, and I thought my life was over, there was no hope for me… Well, not just yet.
In January of 2022 I ended up catching COVID-19. I woke up at around 3.50am gasping to breath, fearing for my life I called 000 and said, “if you don’t get to me now, I will die”. An ambulance arrived quickly, and I was rushed to the ER. From there I was taken to a COVID ward where I would spend the next two weeks struggling to breathe, fighting fevers, and shaking and crawling to the bathroom with no help. Even though I often cried for help, I heard the nurses laughing and talking in the hallway. Hours would pass and when I was unable to take the pain anymore, I would hobble to the door to my room, open it and was immediately met with a loud scream from nurses- “SHUT THE F******* DOOR, YOU ARE A BIOHAZARD”. This is not the Australia I know, and it was heartbreaking to witness nurses and doctors treating vulnerable patients in this way. I was not alone, they abandoned everyone who was in the COVID ward.
I honestly do not know how I made it through those two weeks in isolation. I clearly remember looking out my window an enormous palm tree, every day I would watch it moving in the wind, it was strong and steadfast and yet no matter how hard the wind blew it stood firm and resolute, something about that tree gave me a tiny speck of hope. Day by day I felt weaker, and I thought I was dying. I called my loved ones and although they were supportive, nobody could fully understand how dire my situation had become.
By a miracle, I am grateful I survived, however the combination of my vaccine injury and getting COVID took me into a dark abyss for a period of time and all I know is this; I now have permanent degeneration of my spinal cord. I wake up every day in agony, and I require high doses of pain killers to function adequately. The Australian medical and health system is quick to demolish the reputation of anyone who questions the vaccines or suggests other safe drugs. In Australia during COVID, a patient’s right to choose a treatment that was best for them was and is still denied. However, the medical system willfully turns a blind eye to the Opioid crisis and continuing increases in addiction and deaths.
The type of injury and condition I have been diagnosed with is called Neuropathy. So here are some facts:
1. I continue to suffer severe ongoing pain due to Neuropathy and neurological nerve damage due to the Moderna Spike Vax.
2. Neuropathy / Nerve Damage is a known side effect of the Moderna Spike Vax.
3. Neuropathy was not listed on any of my consent forms.
4. In Australia doctors are investigated and disciplined if they confirm in writing that a COVID vaccine has caused a patient injury. I had 5 different doctors confirm that my condition was caused by the vaccine, and they all said they cannot go on record.
5. One would think that when a patient presents with severe Neurological issues in hospital a specialist would think first, “I will do no harm and disclose the risk” and then choose not to give that patient the advice to get another shot so soon after the last one. The information about Neurological side effects was available to every clinician at the time, a simple Google search would have revealed this.
6. In Australia if a doctor has been negligent or a patient has been mistreated or misdiagnosed, they can lodge a complaint to AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Agency), the HCCC (Health Care Complaints Commission – NSW) and the Queensland Health Ombudsman.
7. I submitted a formal complaint against the neurologist and both pharmacists who vaccinated me to QLD Health Ombudsman. In their reply to me, the Health Ombudsman acknowledged that my doctor advised me to get a second vaccine, despite being injured. Unfortunately, in Australia if you report to the regulator any doctor, nurse or pharmacist who have caused you harm through either advising to get vaccinated or administering the vaccine they are not investigated or disciplined because they are conveniently indemnified.
8. In Australia the government has set up a vaccine injury scheme, however it is extremely complex and difficult to lodge a claim with and to get compensated is near impossible. Despite having a strong case, every lawyer I have spoken to is frightened of being targeted. Now that the scheme has been widened and the government is acknowledging that some adverse reactions are not rare, more lawyers are coming forward, however lawyers are expensive, and this will mean many people will miss out on compensation.
9. I realize this may be upsetting for some of you who saw what was going on and I ask for your understanding as I unfortunately did not see it and now, I must live with this for the rest of my life. That is why I want to right a wrong as I do not want anyone to go through what I am going through.
Not all doctors in Australia are like the neurologist in the hospital, many are willing to help patients. So far, I have shared the obstacles a vaccine injured patient faces and sadly the story gets worse where Australian governments are legislating laws where they will actively interfere with doctors’ ability to practice. The state of Queensland has now passed legislation which fundamentally changes the doctor – patient relationship in Australia by inhibiting the doctor’s and health practitioner’s ability to provide information so that a patient can give informed consent and the health practitioner can disclose risks and adhere to their Hippocratic Oath and code of conduct as set out by AHPRA.
I refer to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022, that just passed in my state of Queensland, and soon to be adopted Australia wide: The changes proposed would give the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia the power to sanction doctors for expressing their professional opinion based on their assessment of the best available science and if it undermines public confidence in health and safety.
“The proposed change to the National Law significantly interferes with the doctor/patient relationship and is potentially disastrous for patient care”, said CEO of the Australian Medical Network Dijana Dragomirovic.
Comparably, California recently passed legislation. Although the pandemic has been declared “over,” the state of California did not receive the memo. Bill AB 2098 was signed into law on Sept 30, 2022. Its powers could impose career-ending penalties on doctors who use their own training and experience to treat patients or express a different opinion that goes against government health consensus. This law has the potential to devastate the medical profession and stifle innovation.
“The field of medicine is constantly evolving. It is continuously shaped by new trends and data. No one doctor, or politician, has the exclusive right to innovative concepts. Instead of threatening to rob individuals of their livelihood, society should be encouraging people to come forwards with innovative new ideas” – Dijana Dragomirovic
The FLCCC team are lobbying hard in the US and California, Dr. Paul Marik adds to the chorus of voices calling on California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, to axe this law that would criminalize doctors for spreading “misinformation.”
I would like to thank CEO Dijana Dragomirovic, the team and the entire Australian Medical Network for working tirelessly to support and protect every Australian’s health rights. They have been raising awareness and lobbying against these laws. As soon as I realised the long-term implications of these laws, I knew it was an important part of my story and that I needed to help raise awareness too. When others would turn me away, Dijana stood by me and was instrumental in helping me obtain the right medical treatment and legal support.
Please do not let this attack on free speech and the right to choose to go further, it only leads to one thing, totalitarianism. I’m worried for the ones out there like me, who may fall for the same trap and never get help.
Since when was it a crime to disagree?
The China virus was the beginning of the tyrants in the West to take more freedoms from the people!
The following is adapted from a talk delivered at Hillsdale College on October 20, 2022, sponsored by the student group Praxis.
‘On April 15, 2020—a full month after President Trump’s fateful news conference that greenlighted lockdowns to be enacted by the states for “15 Days to Flatten the Curve”—the President had a revealing White House conversation with Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“I’m not going to preside over the funeral of the greatest country in the world,” Trump wisely said, as reported in Jared Kushner’s book Breaking History. The promised Easter reopening of the economy had not happened, and Trump was angry. He also suspected that he had been misled and was no longer speaking to coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx.
“I understand,” Fauci responded meekly. “I just do medical advice. I don’t think about things like the economy and the secondary impacts. I’m just an infectious diseases doctor. Your job as president is to take everything else into consideration.”
That conversation reflected the tone of the debate, then and later, over the lockdowns and vaccine mandates. The economy—viewed as mechanistic, money-centered, mostly about the stock market, and detached from anything truly important—was pitted against public health and the preservation of life. The assumption seemed to be that you had to choose one or the other—that you could not have both.
It also seemed to be widely believed in 2020 that the best approach to pandemics was to institute massive human coercion—a belief based on the novel theory that if you make humans behave like non-player characters in computer models, you can keep them from infecting one another until a vaccine arrives to wipe out the pathogen.
The lockdown approach in 2020 stood in stark contrast to a century of public health experience in dealing with pandemics. During the great influenza crisis of 1918, only a few cities tried coercion and quarantine—mostly San Francisco, also the home at the time of the first Anti-Mask League—whereas most locations took a person-by-person therapeutic approach. Given the failure of quarantines in 1918, they were not employed again during the disease scares—some real, some exaggerated—of 1929, 1940-44, 1957-58, 1967-68, 2003, 2005, and 2009. In all of those years, even the national media acted responsibly in urging calm.
But not in 2020, when policymakers—whether due to intellectual error, political calculations, or some combination of the two—launched an experiment without precedent. The sick and well alike were quarantined through the use of stay-at-home orders, domestic capacity limits, and business, school, and church shutdowns. This occurred not only in the U.S., but worldwide—with the notable exception of perhaps five nations and the state of South Dakota.
Needless to say, the consequences were profound. Coercion can be used to turn off an economy. But given the resulting trauma, turning an economy back on is not so easy. That is why, 30 months later, we are experiencing the longest period of declining real income since the end of World War II, a health crisis, an education crisis, an exploding national debt, 40-year high inflation, continued and seemingly random shortages, dysfunction in labor markets, a breakdown of international trade, a dramatic collapse in consumer confidence, and a dangerous level of political division.
Meanwhile, what happened to COVID? It came anyway, just as the best epidemiologists predicted it would. It had a highly stratified impact, consistent with the information we had from the very early days: the at-risk population was largely the elderly and infirm. To be sure, almost everyone eventually came down with COVID with varying degrees of severity: some people shook it off in a couple of days, others suffered for weeks, and many died—although, even now, there is grave uncertainty about the true number of COVID deaths, due both to faulty PCR testing and to financial incentives given to hospitals to attribute non-COVID deaths to COVID.
Even if the lockdowns had saved lives over the long term—and the literature on this overwhelmingly suggests they did not—it would be proper to ask the question: at what cost? What are the tradeoffs?
Because economic considerations were shelved for the emergency, policymakers failed to consider tradeoffs. Thus did the White House on March 16, 2020, send out the most dreaded imaginable directive from an economic point of view: “bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.” And the results were legion.
For one thing, the lockdowns kicked off an epic bout of government spending. COVID-response spending amounted to at least $6 trillion above normal operations, running the national debt up to 121 percent of GDP. For comparison, our national debt in 1981 amounted to 35 percent of GDP—and Ronald Reagan correctly declared that a crisis.
The Federal Reserve purchased this new debt with newly created money nearly dollar for dollar. From February to May 2020, the total money supply (what economists call M2) increased by an average of $814.3 billion per month. The peak came early the following year: on February 22, 2021, the annual rate of increase of M2 reached a staggering 27.5 percent.
At the same time, as one would expect in a crisis of this sort, spending plummeted. Since a severe decrease in spending puts deflationary pressure on prices regardless of what happens with the money supply, the bad effects of printing all this new money were pushed off into the future.
That future is now. The explosion in M2 has resulted in the highest inflation in 40 years. And this inflation is accelerating, at least according to the October 12, 2022, Producer Price Index, which is more volatile than it has been in months and is running ahead of the Consumer Price Index—a reversal from earlier in the lockdown period. This new pressure on producers has heavily impacted the business environment and created recessionary conditions.
Moreover, this has not just been a U.S. problem. Most nations in the world followed the same lockdown strategy while attempting to substitute government spending and printing money for real economic activity. The Federal Reserve is being called on daily to step up its lending to foreign central banks through the discount window for emergency loans. It is now at the highest level since spring 2020. The Fed lent $6.5 billion to two foreign central banks in just one week this October. The numbers are scary and foreshadow a possible international financial crisis.
The Great Head Fake
Back in the spring and summer of 2020, we seemed to be experiencing a miracle. State governments around the country had crushed social activity and free enterprise, and yet real income was soaring. Between February 2020 and March 2021, a time of low inflation, real personal income was up by $4.2 trillion. It felt like magic. But it was actually the result of government stimulus checks.
Initially, people used their new-found riches to pay off credit card debt and boost savings. In the month after the first stimulus, the personal savings rate went from 9.6 to 33 percent. Also, since people were being coerced into living an all-digital existence, there was lots of spare time and a need for new equipment. So companies like Netflix and Amazon benefited enormously.
After the summer of 2020, people started to get the hang of having “free money” dropped into their bank accounts. So by November, the savings rate had dropped back down to 13.3 percent. When the Biden administration unleashed another round of stimulus in 2021, the savings rate at first nearly doubled. But fast forward to the present and people are saving only 3.5 percent—half the historical norm dating back to 1960—and credit card debt is soaring, even though interest rates are 17 percent and higher.
In other words, all the curves inverted once inflation came along to eat out the value of the stimulus. In reality, all that “free money” turned out to be very expensive. The dollar of January 2020 is now worth only $0.87, which is to say that the stimulus spending covered by the Federal Reserve printing money stole $0.13 of every American dollar in the course of only 2.5 years.
This was one of the biggest head fakes in the history of modern economics. The pandemic planners created paper prosperity to cover up the grim reality they had brought about. But paper prosperity is false prosperity. It could not and did not last. Between January 2021 and September 2022, prices increased 13.5 percent across the board, costing the average American family $728 in September alone.
Even if inflation were to stop today, the inflation already in the bag will cost the average American family $8,739 over the next twelve months.
While Big Tech moguls and urban information workers thrived during the pandemic lockdowns, Main Street suffered. The look of most of America in those days was post-apocalyptic, with vast numbers of people huddled at home either alone or with immediate families, fully convinced that a universally deadly virus was lurking outdoors. Meanwhile, the CDC was recommending that “essential businesses” install countless Plexiglass barriers and place social distancing stickers everywhere people would walk.
This sounds ridiculous now, but for many it wasn’t then. I recall being yelled at for walking only a few feet into a grocery aisle that had been designated by stickers to be one-way in the other direction. There were reports of people using drones to identify and report neighbors who were holding prohibited parties, weddings, or funerals. Parents masked up their kids even though kids were at near-zero risk, and nearly all schools were closed. A friend of mine arrived home from a visit out of town and his mother demanded that he leave his “COVID-infested” bags on the porch for three days.
Those were the days when people believed the virus was outdoors and we should stay in. Oddly, this changed over time to where people believed that the virus was indoors and we should go out. It eventually became clear that we had moved from government-mandated mania to a popular delusion for the ages.
The resulting damage to small business has yet to be thoroughly documented. At least 100,000 restaurants and stores closed in Manhattan alone. Commercial real estate prices crashed, and big business moved in to scoop up bargains. Hotels, bars, restaurants, malls, theaters, and anyone without home delivery suffered terribly. The arts were devastated. During the deadly Hong Kong flu of 1968-69, we had Woodstock. This time around we had to settle for YouTube.
It may seem odd, but the health care industry suffered as well. The CDC strongly urged the closing of hospitals to anyone not facing a non-elective surgery or suffering with COVID. This turned out to exclude nearly everyone who would routinely show up for diagnostics or other normal treatments. As a result, health care sector employment fell 1.6 million in early 2020. Even stranger is the fact that total health care spending fell off a cliff. From March to May 2020, health care spending collapsed by $500 billion or 16.5 percent. This created an enormous financial problem for hospitals in general.
This is not to mention dentistry. I know from personal experience that in Massachusetts, you couldn’t get a much-needed root canal. Why? Because a root canal required a preliminary cleaning and examination, and those were prohibited as “nonessential.” I looked into traveling to Texas for a root canal, but the dentists there were required by law to force out-of-state patients to quarantine in the state for two weeks.
This virtual abolition of dentistry for a time was in keeping with the injunction of a headline in The New York Times on February 28, 2020: “To Take on the Coronavirus, Go Medieval on It.” What better way to describe the institution of a feudal system of dividing work and workers across the nation in terms of “essential” and “nonessential”?
The New York Times wasn’t affected by the lockdowns, of course, because media centers were deemed essential. Thus for two years, it was able to keep its presses running and instruct its Manhattan readers to stay home and have their groceries delivered. Delivered by whom, The New York Times neither said nor cared. It was apparently unimportant if the working classes were exposed to COVID in service to the elites. And then afterwards, when the working classes had natural immunity that was superior to the immunity offered by the so-called COVID vaccines, they were subjected to vaccine mandates.
Millions across the nation eventually quit or were fired due to those vaccine mandates. Highly qualified members of the U.S. military are still being discharged for noncompliance.
We are told that unemployment today is very low and that many new jobs are being filled, but most of those are existing workers getting second and third jobs. Because families are struggling to pay the bills, moonlighting and side-gigging are now a way of life. The full truth about labor markets requires that we look at the labor-participation and worker-population rates, both of which are low. Millions have gone missing. Most are working women who still cannot find child care because that industry has yet to recover from the lockdowns. Labor participation among women is back at 1988 levels. There are also large numbers of 20-somethings who moved home and went on unemployment benefits. Many more have simply lost the will to achieve and build a future.
The supply chain breakages we are seeing today are also a lingering result of the stoppage of economic activity in early 2020. By the time the lockdown regime was relaxed and manufacturers started reordering parts, they found that many factories overseas had already retooled for other kinds of demand. This particularly affected the semiconductor industry for automotive manufacturing. Overseas chip makers had turned their attention to personal computers, cellphones, and other devices. This was the beginning of the car shortage that sent prices through the roof. It also created a political demand for U.S.-based chip production, which has in turn resulted in another round of export and import controls.
These sorts of problems have affected every industry without exception. Why, for example, do we have a paper shortage? Because so many of the paper factories shifted to plywood and cardboard after prices sky-rocketed in response to the housing and mail delivery demand created by the lockdowns and stimulus checks.
We could write books listing all the economic calamities directly caused by the disastrous pandemic response. We will be suffering the results for years. Yet even today, too few people grasp the relationship between our current economic hardships—extending even to growing international tensions and the breakdown of trade and travel—and the brutality of the pandemic response.
Anthony Fauci said at the outset: “I don’t think about things like the economy and the secondary impacts.” Melinda Gates admitted in a December 4, 2020, interview with The New York Times: “What did surprise us is we hadn’t really thought through the economic impacts.”
There is no wall of separation between economics and public health. A healthy economy is indispensable for healthy people. Shutting down economic life was a singularly bad idea for taking on a pandemic.
Economics is about people making choices and institutions enabling them to thrive. Public health is about the same thing. Driving a wedge between the two, as happened in 2020, ranks among the most catastrophic public policy decisions of our lifetimes.
Health and economics both require the nonnegotiable called freedom. May we never again experiment with the near abolition of freedom in the cause of mitigating disease.’https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/the-economic-disaster-of-the-pandemic-response/?_hsmi=231313022&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–F9ABxq_hLvMNSLxzk5C79_dektupQUdnIA35NRBnorkVnEwsKMWV6K5bV_isKbDkCFQqmF_8A0H-PCzhzJkgzrrSrgA