COVID confusion

During the past year and-a-half, the entire world has been caught in the clutches of one of the most devastating medical anomalies in recent history. The highly contagious and equally deadly COVID-19 virus has claimed more than one hundred ninety-four million, seven hundred fourteen thousand, eight hundred and eighty-one (194,714,881) lives as of this Sunday evening. Consequently, the resulting pandemic has prompted debates about the virus’ origin. Theories range from cross-contamination at an open food market in Wuhan, China to conspiracy theorists’ speculation the lethal pathogen resulted from the mishandling of components during the process of biological warfare experimentation. In either case, or whether it proves to be neither, one confirmed matter is the continuously rising death toll.

Fortunately for the very sake of humanity, the world’s developed countries signed on and expedited the process of developing a vaccine relatively quickly and, to date, three have been approved by the FDA for use in the US. The most effective is produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna supplies a vaccine ranked second, and Johnson & Johnson Janssen rounds out the providers. It is important to know there are other treatments in the COVID-19 battle but they’ve yet to be approved by the FDA.

As one would expect, with the coming of treatment for a controversial virus also comes misunderstanding and mayhem. Many people are simply afraid of the COVID-19 vaccination; stating there hasn’t been enough long-term study of possible side effects. That matter wasn’t helped much when the US government passed a law December 17, 2020 basically granting producers of vaccines a “get out of jail free” card.

As reported by MacKenzie Sigalos for CNBC, “Pharmaceutical companies typically aren’t offered much liability protection under the law.” The federal government has granted companies like Pfizer and Moderna immunity from liability if something unintentionally goes wrong with their vaccines. You also can’t sue the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for authorizing a vaccine for emergency use, nor can you hold your employer accountable if he mandates inoculation as a condition of employment. This understandably only adds to the skepticism already surrounding the vaccination process.

Add to that, the fact the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received six thousand two hundred and seven reports of deaths among people who got vaccinated. This doesn’t mean the vaccine caused these deaths. Doctors and safety monitors carefully review the details of each case to see if it might be linked to the vaccine. There were three deaths that appear to have been linked to blood clots that occurred after people received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. It has since been established “Since we now know how to correctly treat people who develop these blood clots, future deaths related to this very rare side effect can be prevented.

There are those however, who maintain the government isn’t being honest with the American citizens and even the medical establishment isn’t forthcoming in their reporting of adverse consequences resulting from the vaccines. Roughly half a dozen people are known by individuals with whom I’ve been affiliated to have perished shortly after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

When speaking with employees of offices and locations where vaccinations are administered, there are “unofficial” reports of individuals being directed by their superiors to decrease the amount of the life saving drug in order to “stretch” the medication. With each vial equipped to provide a total of eight inoculations when properly mixed, a company’s quest to minimize it’s overhead is being done at the cost of people’s lives.

Finally, you have to account for the “since the beginning” factor of human error in that everywhere throughout history man has been involved, things have gotten screwed up. Invariably, someone will always veer off track as it concerns the outlined specifications in the production, storage, transportation, and/or administering of the vaccines; thus causing irreparable consequences. Cases of people insisting wearing face coverings and adhering to regulatory suggestions as a protection for others aren’t necessary prove as concerning. It seems, with the fate of the world literally hanging in the balance, one would be a little more careful. I could be wrong but it’s just something to consider.

To pose a question or share your opinion, you can reach B. G. Howard at bw3bh@yahoo.com or P. O. Box 8103, Jacksonville, FL 32239.