Follow the Money

The COVID-19 vaccine technologies are new. They were trialed for only a few months. Ingredients lists haven’t been released. This leaves many speculating, sometimes wildly, about what possible impact the vaccines may have – good or bad.

Without putting on our tinfoil hats and scanning every injection for microchips, there is every reason to demand proof and accountability from vaccine manufacturers.

It is not paranoid to question experimental medical procedures. It is simply common sense.

These Vaccines Don’t Necessarily Work

It’s important to remember the COVID-19 survival rate for people under 80 is 99% or higher. The efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine, which is the most effective so far, is 95%. Of the 21,000 people in the trial who received the placebo, only about 160 got sick from COVID. That statistic has been compared to the eight or so people who got sick on the actual drug to show how “effective” it is, but really the numbers just verify what many of us have known all along: the virus is not deadly for most people.

Not only are the vaccines less effective than your own immune system, they’re causing side effects such as facial palsy and severe allergies. The viral vector technique has a history of increasing one’s vulnerability to HIV. These are not things to take lightly.

So we’re being asked to take an experimental, even harmful drug, in order to avoid a virus we are unlikely to suffer from.

Why would anyone try to sell that to the American public? There’s a few reasons…

Vaccines are Profitable

Imagine you make breath mints. A doctor announces people are dying of bad breath. The government offers you a contract to sell breath mints to the entire country. Not only that, but this discovery has created a future market for your product. Folks inevitably eat stinky foods, and since bad breath is now fatal, you’ll be able to make and sell new mints for new foods over and over again.

Now you know how Pfizer feels.

Although this is a touchy subject at the time of a global pandemic, both Moderna and Pfizer have indicated that they would be making a profit on their vaccines, unlike Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca, who have indicated that they would sell vaccines at cost through the pandemic. So how profitable will the vaccines be for the two companies?

While it’s difficult to arrive at the margin figures at this point, given the manufacturing and development partnerships involved and variable pricing of the vaccines, it’s likely that the vaccines will be lucrative for a couple of reasons…

No matter how expensive it may be to develop a vaccine, if you can sell millions of them at almost $20 a dose, you will eventually start making a profit.

Big Pharma Can Be Unscrupulous

Sometimes a desire for profit leads companies to take dangerous shortcuts. One of many lawsuits Pfizer has faced was a case in the 90s where they gave an antibiotic to African children without permission. Five of them died, and when the drug was later approved for a short time in the US, “it was later associated with reports of liver damage and deaths,” and was taken off the market.

The report concludes that Pfizer never obtained authorization from the Nigerian government to give the unproven drug to nearly 100 children and infants… Pfizer’s experiment was “an illegal trial of an unregistered drug,” the Nigerian panel concluded, and a “clear case of exploitation of the ignorant.”
Washington Post

Another common accusation levied against pharmaceutical companies is promotion of their products for unapproved uses. AstraZeneca had to pay out $520 million in 2010 for, among other things, promoting an anti-psychotic drug to pediatricians using fabricated scientific “literature.”

[AstraZeneca] recruited doctors to serve as authors of articles that were ghostwritten by medical literature companies and about studies the doctors in question did not conduct. AstraZeneca then used those studies and articles as the basis for promotional messages about unapproved uses of Seroquel.
Department of Justice

Is it shocking to hear that companies that generate billions of dollars in revenue annually might not always be as diligent or ethical as we’d like?

The question of corporate ethics is very urgent when we talk about vaccines. Thanks to the 2005 PREP Act, vaccine makers have no liability for damages. None. Zero. Zip.

So vaccine makers have been contracted to quickly produce, sell and inject a new, relatively untested product to most of the adult population of the planet, without any accountability. That doesn’t seem very safe… Why would that be allowed?

Big Pharma Loves Politicians

It is an undisputed fact that pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer are the biggest lobbyists in the US. See Statista, The Hill and this paper by Jama Internal Medicine for numbers.

From 1999 to 2018, the pharmaceutical and health product industry recorded $4.7 billion—an average of $233 million per year—in lobbying expenditures at the federal level, more than any other industry.
– Jama Internal Medicine

What does this have to do with the COVID-19 vaccine? Operation Warp Speed has paid out at least $12 billion for vaccine development so far, with an estimated $26 billion to be spent when all is said and done. This is a mutually beneficial relationship: in exchange for the lobbyists’ favors, politicians reward these companies with generous contracts (remember, for projects like Operation Warp Speed, that money ultimately comes from We the Taxpayer).

Put another way, there is little motivation for our political system to discourage vaccination.

What can you do about it?

Ultimately this is about your body. You don’t have to accept an injection you don’t want. It is likely legislators and employers will attempt to pressure people into being vaccinated, but the choice should still be yours.

If you don’t feel confident resisting alone, find others in your community or workplace who agree. A simple written statement can often be enough to silence administrators, especially when there are several signatures underneath it.

If the pressure escalates beyond the workplace, many of us may have to resort to peaceful protest. We hope it doesn’t come to that. But it wouldn’t be the first time people have had to stand together against forced vaccination. Maybe this time, with so much riding on it, we can finally settle the matter.

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