A Political Agenda Disregards the Science and Dictates Health Policies that Harm Children
Overwhelming evidence shows that the Covid injections provide very temporary protection against infection. The inflated Covid Vaccine efficacy claims— of 95- 98% announced by Pfizer, Moderna, CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the medical establishment have been totally disproven. They were inflated marketing hype—they were not backed by science.
Nevertheless, politicians, Public health officials, and collaborating medical institutions and doctors continue to push hard for mass vaccination of ever younger children. A shocking report by the Brownstone Institute reveals that — Doctors Push Hard for Child Vaccines Despite Their Own Research Showing it is Unnecessary.
However, a growing number of senior scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health are alarmed by the failure of public health agencies to follow the science: “It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch, and I can’t close my eyes. People are getting bad advice, and we can’t say anything.”
The tipping point for the scientists at these agencies was the unconscionable FDA authorization followed by CDC’s enthusiastic recommendation to subject the youngest children and 6-month-old infants to an experimental, radical, genetically engineered technology that never underwent proper safety tests.
According to CDC data: as of February, 75% of children in the U.S. already had natural immunity from prior infection. It could easily be over 90% of children today, given how ubiquitous Omicron has been since then. The CDC’s own research shows that natural immunity is better than vaccinated immunity, and a recent New England Journal of Medicine study from Israel has questioned the benefits of vaccinating previously infected persons.
It’s becoming ever clearer that neither science nor concern for public health have had anything whatsoever to do with the onerous Covid policies – lockdowns, isolation, masking, school closing, religious and cultural shutdowns, shuttered businesses, and mass vaccination policies that leave no healthy child intact.
Last year, two senior FDA vaccine regulators—Dr. Marion Gruber, director of the FDA’s vaccine office, and her deputy director, Dr. Philip Krause—resigned from the agency over political pressure to authorize vaccine boosters for young people. After their departure, they wrote scathing commentaries explaining why the data did not support a broad booster authorization, arguing that “the push for boosters for everyone could actually prolong the pandemic.” They cited concerns that boosting based on an outdated variant could be counterproductive.
In a video interview on June 26th, Dr. Peter Marks, a senior FDA vaccine regulator, acknowledged a five-fold increase in myocarditis in children 12 to 17. Myocarditis is very serious: it is inflammation of the heart muscle and the heart’s electrical rhythms. Lt carries a high risk of disability and premature death. FDA and CDC officials persist in claiming the risk is “rare.” If you or your child is stricken with myocarditis, it is life-shattering!
The pushback against the medical assault is gaining momentum
Dr. Marty Makary is bringing to public attention that Health experts are quitting FDA, CDC, NIH due to ‘bad science’ and many other top scientists who are not yet ready to quit but are expressing their frustration at the political intervention that has resulted in scientifically indefensible, harmful public health policies.
Marty Makary, MD, MPH, is a health policy expert and professor at Johns Hopkins University and is the author of the bestseller “Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care” (2013) and The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It (2019).
Children are at (essentially) Zero risk from Covid. Indeed, not a single healthy child died of Covid anywhere in the world! A recent study published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal (July 2022) confirms that the risk of Covid-19 for children is minuscule. The study tracked 1,749 children who tested positive for Covid: none had severe symptoms, and no child need hospitalization.
The experimental injections do not prevent infection, do not prevent transmission, do not prevent death, and do not provide immunity. In other words, these injections fail to meet the definition of a vaccine. What the mounting evidence reveals is that the highest number of deaths and serious injuries occur in people who have been injected. Children’s lives were cut short in unprecedented numbers by government decrees that they get “vaccinated.”
The CDC vigorously recommends mRNA Covid “vaccines” for 20 million children under five years of age. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, declared that “the mRNA Covid vaccines should be given to everyone six months or older because they are safe and effective.”
Dr. Walensky lied. There is no evidence to support those recommendations. Dr. Walensky seems to be a puppet front, much like the media newscaster personalities who read the scripts they are handed. Dr. Walensky is not fit to head a public health agency whose decisions affect people’s lives.
Professor Makary notes that Pfizer used “a three-dose vaccine in 992 children between the ages of six months and five years. Pfizer found no statistically significant evidence of vaccine efficacy. In the subgroup of children aged six months to two years, the trial found that the vaccine could result in a 99% lower chance of infection—but that they also could have a 370% increased chance of being infected.
Pfizer reported a range of vaccine efficacy so wide that no conclusion could be inferred. No reputable medical journal would accept such sloppy and incomplete results with such a small sample size. More to the point, these results should have given pause to those who are in charge of public health.”
Coronavirus was a treatable respiratory infection that posed no risk for healthy people — if treated appropriately: treated early, with existing, proven safe, fully FDA-licensed, existing medicines, including Hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin, steroids, anti-viral and vitamin supplements – as proven by conscientious physicians such as Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko, Dr. Shankara Chetty and numerous other brave and honest doctors who risked their careers and reputations – some were de-licensed for prescribing these life-saving treatments.
Simone Gold, MD, JD President, America’s Frontline Doctors
Politically motivated officials at government agencies and their partners in the medical establishment and the media fomented relentless fearmongering propaganda, such as the recent pronouncement by the New York Times that referred to Covid as “the worst pandemic in a century”
Corrupt Public Officials Formulate FDA, CDC, and NIH policies in Violation of the Precautionary Principle of Medicine while Disregarding the Science
Weeks before the FDA authorized the use of these injections for babies and young children under the age of four, the Biden administration was actively preparing to roll out the vaccines for these infants and very young children. The states, community health centers, and pharmacies were preordering millions of doses of Covid injections.
What prompted such frenzied preparations for vaccinating babies and very young children who are not at risk from Covid?
The endorsement to vaccinate millions of infants and young children was issued by the FDA and the CDC without any medical-scientific justification.
Children’s best interest is clearly not a priority for government officials.
What possible motives prompt government officials to pursue aggressive vaccination policies that are not backed by either scientific evidence or empirical clinical evidence to support subjecting children to the serious risks of harm following the injections?
Soon after they were injected with the experimental, genetically engineered injections, previously healthy adolescents and children aged 5-11 suddenly suffered heart attacks.
Who will be held accountable for the child casualties?
The endorsement to subject healthy infants and children to experimental injections whose serious risks of harm are manifest in the mounting number of severely injured and dead children was the catalyst that led an increasing number of top scientists at the FDA, CDC, and NIH to resign. These scientists are embarrassed by public health policies that they know are grounded in corrupted ‘bad science”.
A high-level FDA official told Dr. Makary: “The public has no idea how bad this data really is. It would not pass muster for any other authorization.”
Some scientists noted that the authorization to vaccinate children under four was to conform to the demands of the White House. One of the scientists who confided in Dr. Makary said there is no transparency in how the top White House coronavirus adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, makes decisions. Fauci doesn’t even consult with the “real experts.” To whom is Dr. Fauci beholden?
“It seems criminal that we put out the recommendation to give mRNA Covid vaccines to babies without good data. We really don’t know what the risks are yet. So why push it so hard?”
a CDC physician added.
‘People are getting bad advice, and we can’t say anything.’
The calls and text messages are relentless. On the other end are doctors and scientists at the top levels of the NIH, FDA, and CDC. They are variously frustrated, exasperated, and alarmed about the direction of the agencies to which they have devoted their careers.
“It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch, and I can’t close my eyes,” one senior FDA official lamented. “People are getting bad advice, and we can’t say anything.”
That particular FDA doctor was referring to two recent developments inside the agency. First how, with no solid clinical data, the agency authorized Covid vaccines for infants and toddlers, including those who already had Covid. And second, the fact that just months before, the FDA bypassed their external experts to authorize booster shots for young children.
That doctor is hardly alone.
At the NIH, doctors, and scientists complain to us about low morale and lower staffing: The NIH’s Vaccine Research Center has had many of its senior scientists leave over the last year, including the director, deputy director, and chief medical officer. “They have no leadership right now. Suddenly there’s an enormous number of jobs opening up at the highest level positions,” one NIH scientist told us. (The people who spoke to us would only agree to be quoted anonymously, citing fear of professional repercussions.)
The CDC has experienced a similar exodus. “There’s been a large amount of turnover. Morale is low,” one high-level official at the CDC told us. “Things have become so political, so what are we there for?” Another CDC scientist told us: “I used to be proud to tell people I work at the CDC. Now I’m embarrassed.”
Why are they embarrassed? In short, bad science.
The longer answer: is that the heads of their agencies are using weak or flawed data to make critically important public health decisions. That such decisions are being driven by what’s politically palatable to people in Washington or to the Biden administration. And that they have a myopic focus on one virus instead of overall health.
Nowhere has this problem been clearer—or the stakes higher—than on official public health policy regarding children and Covid.
First, they demanded that young children be masked in schools. On this score, the agencies were wrong. Compelling studies later found schools that masked children had no different rates of transmission. And for social and linguistic development, children need to see the faces of others.
Next came school closures. The agencies were wrong—and catastrophically so. Poor and minority children suffered learning loss with an 11-point drop in math scores alone and a 20% drop in math pass rates. There are dozens of statistics of this kind.
Then they ignored natural immunity. Wrong again. The vast majority of children have already had Covid, but this has made no difference in the blanket mandates for childhood vaccines. And now, by mandating vaccines and boosters for young healthy people, with no strong supporting data, these agencies are only further eroding public trust.
One CDC scientist told us about her shame and frustration about what happened to American children during the pandemic: “CDC failed to balance the risks of Covid with other risks that come from closing schools,” she said. “Learning loss and mental health exacerbations were obvious early on, and those worsened as the guidance insisted on keeping schools virtual. CDC guidance worsened racial equity for generations to come. It failed this generation of children.”
An official at the FDA put it this way: “I can’t tell you how many people at the FDA have told me, ‘I don’t like any of this, but I just need to make it to my retirement.’”
Right now, internal critics of these agencies are focused on one issue above all: Why did the FDA and the CDC issue strong blanket recommendations for Covid vaccines in children?
Three weeks ago, the CDC vigorously recommended mRNA Covid vaccines for 20 million children under five years of age. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, declared that the mRNA Covid vaccines should be given to everyone six months or older because they are safe and effective.
The trouble is that this sweeping recommendation was based on extremely weak, inconclusive data provided by Pfizer and Moderna.
Start with Pfizer. Using a three-dose vaccine in 992 children between the ages of six months and five years, Pfizer found no statistically significant evidence of vaccine efficacy. In the subgroup of children aged six months to two years, the trial found that the vaccine could result in a 99% lower chance of infection—but that they also could have a 370% increased chance of being infected. In other words, Pfizer reported a range of vaccine efficacy so wide that no conclusion could be inferred. No reputable medical journal would accept such sloppy and incomplete results with such a small sample size. More to the point, these results should have given pause to those who are in charge of public health.
Referring to Pfizer’s vaccine efficacy in healthy young children, one high-level CDC official—whose expertise is in the evaluation of clinical data—joked: “You can inject them with it or squirt it in their face, and you’ll get the same benefit.”
Moderna’s results—they conducted a study on 6,388 children with two doses—were not much better. Against asymptomatic infections, they claimed a very weak vaccine efficacy of just 4% in children aged six months to two years. They also claimed efficacy of 23% in children between two and six years old—but neither result was statistically significant. Against symptomatic infections, Moderna’s vaccine did show efficacy that was statistically significant, but the efficacy was low: 50% in children aged six months to two years and 42% in children between two and six years old.
Then there’s the matter of how long a vaccine gives protection. We know from data on adults that it’s generally a matter of months. But we have no such data for young children.
“It seems criminal that we put out the recommendation to give mRNA Covid vaccines to babies without good data. We really don’t know what the risks are yet. So why push it so hard?” a CDC physician added. A high-level FDA official felt the same way: “The public has no idea how bad this data really is. It would not pass muster for any other authorization.”
And yet, the FDA and the CDC pushed it through. That slap in the face of science may explain why only 2% of parents of children under age five have chosen to get the Covid vaccine, and 40% of parents in rural areas say their pediatricians did not recommend the Covid vaccine for their child.
This isn’t the first time that Covid vaccine recommendations based on scant evidence have been pushed through these agencies.
Most recently, back in May, the lack of clinical evidence for booster shots in young people created a stir at the FDA. The White House promoted it hard even before FDA regulators had seen any data. Once they saw the data, they weren’t impressed. It showed no clear benefit against severe disease for people under 40.
The FDA’s two top vaccine regulators—Dr. Marion Gruber, director of the FDA’s vaccine office, and her deputy director, Dr. Philip Krause—quit the agency last year over political pressure to authorize vaccine boosters for young people. After their departure, they wrote scathing commentaries explaining why the data did not support a broad booster authorization, arguing in the Washington Post that “the push for boosters for everyone could actually prolong the pandemic,” citing concerns that boosting based on an outdated variant could be counterproductive.
“It felt like we were a political tool,” a CDC scientist told us about the issue. That insider went on to explain that he got vaccinated early but chose not to get boosted based on the data. Ironically, that person was unable to go on a trip with a group of parents because proof of being boosted was required. “I asked for someone to show me the data. They said the policy was based on the CDC recommendation.”
As one NIH scientist told us: “There’s a silence, an unwillingness for agency scientists to say anything. Even though they know that some of what’s being said out of the agency is absurd.”
That was a theme we heard over and over again—people felt like they couldn’t speak freely, even internally within their agencies. “You get labeled based on what you say. If you talk about it you will suffer, I’m convinced,” an FDA staffer told us. Another person at that agency added: “If you speak honestly, you get treated differently.”
And so they remain quiet, speaking to each other in private or in text groups on Signal.
One subject these doctors and scientists feel passionately about but feel they cannot bring up is natural immunity. Why do they wonder, are we insisting on immunizing children who already have some immunity to the disease due to having contracted Covid?
As of February, 75% of children in the U.S. already had natural immunity from prior infection. It could easily be over 90% of children today, given how ubiquitous Omicron has been since then. The CDC’s own research shows that natural immunity is better than vaccinated immunity, and a recent New England Journal of Medicine study from Israel has questioned the benefits of vaccinating previously infected persons. Many countries have long credited natural immunity to vaccine mandates. But not the U.S.
In this, the leaders of these American health agencies made the U.S. an international outlier in how it treats children. Sweden never offered vaccination to children under 12. Finland limits Covid vaccines to children under 12 who are at high risk. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has appropriately stated that “some children may benefit,” but “previous infection offers as good of protection as the vaccine against reinfection.” Denmark announced on June 22 that its recommendation to vaccinate any children under age 16 was a mistake. “The vaccinations were not predominantly recommended for the child’s sake but to ensure pandemic control,” said Søren Brostrøm, head of the Danish Ministry of Health.
It is statistically impossible for everyone who works inside of our health agencies to have 100% agreement about such a new and knotty subject. The fact that there is no public dissent or debate can only be explained by the fact that they are—or at least feel that they are—being muzzled.
It is an ancient, moral requirement of our profession to speak up when we believe questionable treatments are being proposed. It is also good for the public. Imagine, for example, a world in which those scientists who suggested that masking for children and school lockdowns were worse for public health were not smeared but instead debated?
The official public health response to Covid has undermined the public’s belief in public health itself. This is a terrible outcome with potentially disastrous consequences. For one thing, because of these sloppy and politicized policies, we run the risk of parents rejecting routine vaccines for their children—ones we know are safe, effective, and life-saving.
The leaders of the CDC, the FDA, and the NIH should welcome internal discussion—even dissension—based on the evidence. Silencing physicians are not “following the science.” Less absolutism and more humility by the men and women running our public health agencies would go a long way in rebuilding public trust.
Dr. Marty Makary is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the author of The Price We Pay, and a medical advisor to Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. Dr. Tracy Beth Høeg is an epidemiologist affiliated with The Florida Department of Health who has published research on Covid-19 in schools in the CDC’s journal MMWR.