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Exclusive: Physician ‘Horribly Injured’ After Pfizer Vaccine Pleads With Top U.S. Public Health Officials for Help — and Gets None


Danice Hertz, a 64-year-old physician who was "horribly ill" and "incapacitated" after getting Pfizer's COVID vaccine, claims U.S. health agencies are ignoring thousands of adverse events.

In an exclusive interview with The Defender, Hertz said if she could go back in time, she would not have gotten vaccinated.

Hertz said she has been in contact with numerous health agencies, physicians and researchers — including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Surgeon General and doctors at Harvard and Stanford universities and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles — in an effort to obtain help for the neurological injuries she suffered after getting the vaccine.

Hertz told The Defender there are thousands of people like her — who have been injured by COVID vaccines — who are suffering and need help, yet they're ignored by mainstream media and U.S. health agencies. Meanwhile, COVID vaccine mandates are being rolled out for millions of Americans, with barely any discussion of the risks.

Hertz, a gastroenterologist who retired in October, got her first and only dose of Pfizer's vaccine on Dec. 23, 2020. "There was an opportunity to get the vaccine because the hospital was giving it to every doctor," Hertz said. "I didn't know if I would need to go back into the workforce, so I ran to get it. Within 30 minutes, I started experiencing adverse effects."

"I waited the 15 minutes you're required to wait after you get it, and I went to the car and my face started burning," Hertz said. "I drove home five minutes away, and by the time I walked through the door, I told my husband to call the paramedics."

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Hertz said within 24 hours she developed neurological symptoms, including severe paresthesias in her face, tongue, scalp, chest wall and limbs, as well as tremors, twitching, weakness, headaches, tinnitus and imbalance.

"My blood pressure was 186 over 127, which I've come to find is characteristic of these reactions," Hertz said.

Hertz called her doctor, and took Benadryl and steroids in case she was having an allergic reaction. The next day her face turned completely numb.

Hertz said:

"My entire face felt like it was burning — like acid had been poured on my face. I had sensations throughout my body like it was vibrating. I felt like I had a tight band around my waist, chest pain and shortness of breath, and I went to bed for seven days."

Hertz followed up with an allergist who treated her with steroids in case she was experiencing an allergic reaction to the vaccine. After a few weeks of no improvement, Hertz met with the chief neurologist at Cedars-Sinai.

"I saw six neurologists, five allergists, three rheumatologists, and no one had a clue," Hertz said. "They did blood work, skin biopsies, an MRI and more, and nothing really came up. Unfortunately, if a doctor doesn't know what's wrong with you they're done with you, though that's not how I practice."

Early on, when Hertz was evaluated by the first neurologist, the neurologist asked her about a "CISA consult" with the CDC.

According to the CDC's website, the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Project was established in 2001 to address the unmet vaccine safety clinical research needs of the U.S.

CISA is a national network of vaccine safety experts from the CDC's Immunization Safety Office and seven medical research centers, plus other partners who address vaccine safety issues, conduct high-quality clinical research and assess complex clinical adverse events following vaccination.

The CISA Project also provides consultation to U.S. clinicians who have vaccine safety questions about a specific patient residing in the U.S. It also provides consultation to U.S. healthcare providers and public health partners on vaccine safety issues, and reviews clinical adverse events following immunization involving U.S.-licensed vaccines.

Hertz's case was accepted into the CISA Project and was presented at the CDC's grand rounds on March 23. Following the meeting, a physician forwarded a letter to Hertz suggesting she had "mast cell disorder."

The CISA Project never followed up with her.

Mast cell activation syndrome (or mast cell disorder) is a condition in which a patient experiences repeated episodes of the symptoms of anaphylaxis — allergic symptoms such as hives, swelling, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing and severe diarrhea.

Systemic mastocytosis can cause skin lesions, pain in inner organs, bone pain, diarrhea and vomiting, weight loss and cardiovascular symptoms.

Hertz contacted the NIH and was evaluated remotely by Dr. Avindra Nath, a physician-scientist who specializes in neuroimmunology and is intramural clinical director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH.

Hertz said she sent the NIH her blood for a study, because they were seeing quite a few patients like her. She also sent her blood to doctors at Stanford and Harvard for evaluation.

The Harvard physician also thought Hertz had mast cell activation, and put her on medications, but they didn't help. "I'm now on a lot of medications for mast cell activation, but I'm still quite ill," Hertz said.

"I don't think that's [mast cell activation] the whole explanation of what's happening to us," Hertz said. "I'm still here nine months later. I still don't know what's wrong with me. I am not as sick as I was initially, but I still get attacks where I feel like I'm being electrocuted, and my husband can actually feel my legs and arms vibrating."

Hertz started a Facebook group that now has more than 160 people who have experienced neurological problems after a COVID vaccine, and can't find help with their conditions.

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"We have 160 people in this private Facebook group and we all know each other very well and are trying to help each other," Hertz said. "Together we've been trying very very hard to get help."

"Although my group consists of 160 members who had legitimate adverse reactions to COVID vaccines, there are other groups I'm aware of that have thousands," she added.

Hertz said the mainstream media does not want to talk to anyone in her group who's been injured because they're not allowed to publish about vaccine injuries. "There are a lot of people who have had neurological reactions and a lot of people don't know it's vaccine-related," she said.

Hertz and her group managed to get a Zoom meeting with Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the FDA, to discuss their vaccine injuries, but were disappointed when he did not show up for the meeting.

Hertz explained:

"We had a very important Zoom meeting with Marks set up. I think it was the day they announced Pfizer's vaccine was given full FDA approval. We [the group] didn't know in advance it was going to be approved.

"We all prepared speeches to plead with Marks for help and he didn't show up. The head of the communications showed up –– not a science person. She listened to us. Her response after listening to us for a full hour was, 'well if you could give me your VAERS [Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System] number, I'll have everyone look into your VAERS cases and we will see what we can do to help you.'"

Hertz said the FDA representative completely missed the point. "We were here to represent a large number of people who've been injured and need medical care, yet we got no response," she said.

U.S. agencies are aware of vaccine injuries

Hertz said there are different theories for adverse reactions like hers, but she doesn't think any have been proven or that enough research has been done.

"Some people think it's an immune-mediated neuropathy where nerves are attacked by antibodies triggered by the vaccine," Hertz said. "A doctor in California claims he found a spike protein produced by the vaccine in our monocytes — as he is doing research on members in the group."

Hertz said several members of her private Facebook group went to the NIH for treatment, especially those who were paralyzed after getting the vaccine and can't use their legs.

"The NIH is aware of what is happening but publicly has been dismissive of vaccine adverse reactions," Hertz said.

"Early on when I was so sick in early January, I tried to figure out whom I should contact — and I did contact another gentleman at the NIH who is very high up in the NIAID [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases]," Hertz said. "He told me they are 'very aware' of these reactions and are looking into them."

"They knew about these adverse reactions before the vaccines were released from the clinical trials," Hertz said.

In a Feb. 11 email exchange (see below)  between Hertz and the NIH and NIAID (the agency led by Dr. Anthony Fauci) just two months after COVID vaccines received Emergency Use Authorization, an official acknowledged other reactions like the ones Hertz experienced had been reported and agencies were aware of them.

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Hertz said she believes the NIH conveys a different position behind the scenes than the one the agency presents to the public. She said she believes it's because the NIH is funded by the FDA.

Hertz has had several communication exchanges with Marks and Dr. Janet Woodcock, FDA acting commissioner. Neither Marks, nor Woodcock took Hertz' concerns seriously, but instead, wished her the best with her debilitating vaccine injuries.

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Hertz said Woodcock initially said she would like to help, but then responded again saying:

"I am so very sorry for your ordeal. It seems what is missing is what they call a 'research definition,' in other words a syndromic framework to describe what is being experienced, since it may not fit into current diagnostic categories. Possibly one of the academic researchers you have consulted could work on that. I don't have insight into how this could be approached from a treatment standpoint."

In other words, they are not interested in hearing about these reactions, Hertz said in an email to the NIH where she described the FDA's response.

In the email, Hertz said:

"It is shocking to me that they completely blow off these reports of hundreds  and thousands  suffering with severe reactions. I would think they would want to know as much as possible about these reactions. Something is very wrong and these adverse reactions to the vaccines are being covered up. It is a great disservice to so many who are suffering like me."

On Feb. 1, Hertz reached out to her team of physicians, the CDC and Marks regarding her experience and those of five other women who developed neurological problems after Pfizer's vaccine. Hertz asked why their neurological reactions were being ignored.

Hertz wrote:

"As most of you know me, I am a 64-year-old gastroenterologist who suffered a terrible reaction 30 minutes after receiving the first dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. I am still very symptomatic almost 9 weeks out with severe paresthesias, chest tightness, tremor, dizziness, headaches. I am on the internet seeking information and came across an article in a journal Neurology Today. I wrote a comment after the article about my reaction. I have subsequently been contacted by five other women who have had very similar neurological reactions to mine and are all quite ill weeks after receiving their vaccines.

"They have had similar difficulty in getting appropriate medical care as the medical community knows nothing about these reactions. They, too, have reported their reactions to the drug companies, the regulatory governmental agencies, and there has been no response or documentation of their reactions.

"It is apparent that these neurological reactions are not unheard of. Why are they not being addressed? Why are our reports being ignored? We do not have any desire to frighten the public about the vaccine, but we all very much would like to get medical care and fear that we will not recover from these debilitating symptoms. We were all previously healthy. We are considering going to the media as we are terribly frustrated at the lack of transparency. Any advice from you would be greatly appreciated."

Marks responded that he was "so sorry" to hear of her symptoms, that the FDA takes adverse events seriously and said he asked the pharmacovigilance team to follow up with her. To date, neither Marks, nor the pharmacovigilance team have followed up.

On March 17, an official at the NIH emailed Hertz — and copied Pfizer — acknowledging more than 1,000 neurological side effects reported to VAERS, and promising to present them to the scientific community, which to date, has not been done.

The official said:

"If you look at VAERS database there are more than 1,000 neurological side effects already reported but in order to present it to scientific community we have to gather as much information as we can before sending it out. I promise you we will report your issue and other cases that we are reviewing now and I really [would] appreciate if you kindly give us 1-2 weeks to collect comprehensive information before publicizing it."

In an April 15 email to Marks, Woodcock, the CDC and NIH, Hertz said:

"Why is this being kept a secret? When will the public be made aware so we can get treatment? Will we recover? You have no idea the pain and suffering that many people have been going through. I wish you could experience what we are experiencing to understand my pleas. It is very difficult to live this way. At times, I am in so much pain that I don't want to live. It is so shocking to me that this suppression of information and the truth can occur in our country. As a physician, I never imagined this could occur here in the United States, with our great medical system and regulatory agencies.

"Please bring these reactions public so medical care will be available to the many like me who are suffering agonizing symptoms resulting from these vaccines. Eventually, the truth will be told. We need help now."

Hertz said she received a response from Woodcock, who said the FDA is "looking into these neurological reactions." But there has been no follow-through or acknowledgement of her injuries — or the injuries thousands of others are experiencing.

Hertz, who is pro-vaccine, said she is concerned the FDA, NIH, CDC and pharmaceutical companies are ignoring vaccine injuries.

Hertz explained:

"We want the medical community to be educated about these reactions so they don't dismiss us, so that they can validate what has happened and treat us. We need research done to discover what happened and to create treatments. And now there are vaccine mandates and people like us cannot get vaccinated again. There are many in my group who are physicians and cannot go back to work until they're fully vaccinated but they can't go back to work and it's not easy to get an exemption. We need to look at that."

On May 24, Hertz and 79 other individuals who were injured by Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca (U.S. clinical trial) vaccines wrote a letter to the Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General and the White House pleading with them to validate their reactions so they could be addressed properly.

The group stated:

"We have all shared very similar adverse reactions to these vaccines. We were previously healthy individuals. Our reactions occurred within minutes to a few short days after receiving the vaccines. There is no doubt that the vaccines caused our reactions.

"Our reactions have included nausea, weight loss, heartburn, diarrhea/constipation, sleep disturbances, chest pains, headaches, facial and sinus pressure, dizziness, severe weakness and fatigue, painful paresthesias throughout the body, severe painful paresthesias focused on the face, tongue and scalp, internal vibrations and tremors, muscle twitching and muscle spasms, brain fog and mental status changes, memory loss, tinnitus, impaired/blurred vision, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, bulging veins, heart issues and weakness. Several in our group have experienced paralysis of the lower extremities and to this day remain paralyzed. Many of us have been ill for five months."

Nobody in the group had any of the above symptoms prior to getting a COVID vaccine.

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"They [the injuries] are leaving the majority of us disabled and unable to return to our jobs as medical and other healthcare professionals, parents, teachers, scientists, etc.," the group wrote.

"Not only have we been impacted physically, but mentally and financially as well. Most of us are unable to work, or are on a reduced work schedule. This is continuing for us without any end in sight."

"WE NEED HELP," the group wrote. "The constant messaging that the vaccines are safe and with zero acknowledgement of these adverse neurological reactions has made it impossible for us to obtain medical treatment. We are 'collateral damage' in the effort to stop the pandemic."

The group told Murthy that until adverse reactions are acknowledged, it will be impossible to receive care. "We are pleading that you make the medical community aware of these reactions so we can get the medical care we need," the group wrote.

U.S. health agencies don't want people to know about vaccine injuries

When asked by The Defender why the U.S. health agencies would cover up vaccine adverse events, suppress research and fail to provide those injured with adequate treatments, Hertz responded:

"The pandemic is horrible. It's a real problem. But they made calculated decisions on how to protect the most people, and I don't know who made these decisions but they've decided vaccinating as many people as possible will save more people than attending to the vaccine injuries. I think they do not want to create fear or panic and to publicize the fact there are injuries."

Hertz said she believes what's happening with COVID vaccines is a crime against our country.

"If there is anything I could do, I would go back in time and take that shot out of me," Hertz said. "I took every single vaccine that ever came out, and I had never had a reaction to anything. I went in that day without any concern because it had been cleared by the FDA. I feel like an idiot."

Hertz said she submitted several reports to VAERS, but the CDC never followed up. She received a call from one clerical person just confirming the report and she told them, "I am a physician. I am severely ill. I'm fearful of my life. I did report to Pfizer in written and verbal form, and nobody has ever called me back."

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Hertz reached out to Dr. Marks again on Feb. 23 after not receiving a follow-up as promised, and another official with CBER responded. The official referred her to VAERS, and told her how to request information about her adverse event and how to obtain a copy of the report. He also suggested she request a CISA consult from the CDC, which she had already done.

Hertz responded:

"Thank you for your recommendation to contact VAERS. Unfortunately this is not helpful as it has already been done. Hopefully, you will become aware of the injuries some people are experiencing from the vaccines and educate the medical community so that medical care will be available for people like me."

The official asked whether she had filled out her report correctly and that he was under the impression VAERS will contact her if "follow-up information is needed."

Hertz said she provided contact information on the VAERS report she filed and was "fully aware of the many hundreds of reports with similar reactions in the VAERS database," as were the people in her group with similar severe reactions. "We and our physicians have requested CDC CISA consults which have been completely unhelpful," Hertz said.

Hertz explained:

"I would think the FDA and CDC would want to know about these reactions. We have all been seriously ill. It is truly shocking that our reports have not been taken seriously and that the FDA is not asking for follow up from us. There is apparently no concern about people being injured by the vaccines.

"The suggestions you make in both of your emails to me are nonsensical. I am a physician, not a moron. You skirt the issue that there are many of us that have been injured by the vaccines and are being ignored. Your emails are insulting and demeaning. You are completely missing my point. I guess that is just representative of how seriously you are taking the fact that there are many people being severely injured by the Covid vaccines and are struggling to get validation and medical care because these reactions are being hidden from the medical community.

"This is truly shocking. Having practiced medicine for 33 years, I always had faith in our regulatory agencies. Now, having been seriously injured by this vaccine and struggling to be taken seriously and get medical assistance, I no longer have faith."

On July 2, Hertz reached out to one of her contacts at the NIH again asking if there was anyone studying adverse reactions like hers, and the group she represents. She wrote, "We have been abandoned by the government, and the medical community knows nothing about these adverse reactions. We desperately need medical help."

There was no response.

Hertz said that as a physician, she is pro-vaccine but she is also "pro-informed consent," and she has always given that to her patients.

"Whatever I did to them, if it was a procedure like a colonoscopy or prescribing a medication, I always provided them with the risks involved," Hertz said. "There has been no informed consent with the [COVID] vaccine, and if I would have known I never would have gotten it."

Hertz said the public needs to be given accurate and complete information about the risks and the ability to make a choice. "To make that choice for them is wrong," she said.

Children's Health Defense asks anyone who has experienced an adverse reaction, to any vaccine, to file a report following these three steps.

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Grammy Winner Victory Boyd on What It Means to Be Brave in America


On the premier episode of CHD Live's "What's Your View?" Grammy Award winner Victory Boyd and her father, John Boyd, discuss how Victory's scheduled appearance on the NFL season opener was scuttled at the last minute because she wouldn't get the COVID vaccine.

Victory told Sumayyah Simone, the show's host, all the arrangements had been made. They'd confirmed with someone at the NFL that she just needed a negative COVID test — but at the last minute, an NFL official said unless she got the vaccine, she couldn't sing the national anthem at the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys in Tampa Bay.

"I can understand the need for precautionary measures," Victory said. "But this was not a matter of public safety, otherwise a simple negative COVID test would have been sufficient."

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She pointed out that the vaccine rule is arbitrarily applied — fans and players weren't required to get the vaccine.

Victory opened the segment with her rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner," followed by a discussion of what it means to be brave in today's America.

Watch a new episode of  "What's Your View" every Tuesday on CHD TV at 9 a.m. PT / Noon ET.

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NYC Teachers Must Be Vaccinated by Monday After Judge Lifts Temporary Pause on Mandate + More


Judge Lifts Temporary Pause on Vaccine Mandate for NYC Teachers, Who Now Must Be Vaccinated by Monday

CBS New York reported:

A judge has lifted a temporary pause on New York City's vaccine mandate. That means all teachers must be vaccinated by Monday, or lose their jobs.

More than a month ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio said all teachers must get the shot by Sept. 27 or lose their jobs. The state said the same for healthcare workers.

Seventeen healthcare workers filed lawsuits and several municipal unions sued the city, saying the mandate violates constitutional rights and that it shouldn't be a condition of employment.

Survey Finds More Than Half of U.S. Companies to Impose Vaccine Mandates

Summit News reported:

A survey conducted by risk management and advisory company Willis Towers Watson has found that more than half of U.S. companies expect to impose COVID vaccine mandates on their employees by the end of the year.

The survey of 1000 companies, employing close to 10 million people, found that 52 percent of employers are planning some form of vaccine mandate for workers.

The figure would be a massive increase on the 21 percent of employers who currently have mandates in place.

The Smart Toilet Era Is Here! Are You Ready to Share Your Analprint With Big Tech?

The Guardian reported:

Smart toilet innovators believe the loo could become the ultimate health monitoring tool. Grego believes her product – which analyses and tracks stool samples and sends the data to an app – will provide "information related to cancer and many chronic diseases".

For general consumers, it will provide peace of mind, she says, by establishing "a healthy baseline": "Having technology that tracks what is normal for an individual could provide an early warning that a checkup is needed."

For people with specific conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, the device could provide helpful monitoring for doctors. "It's very difficult to know when to escalate or de-escalate treatment," she says. "Stool-based biomarkers can provide that information."

Businesses Must Bone Up on Biometrics — It's the Law

RCBiz Journal reported:

Amazon uses your palm print for payment at Whole Foods. Disney requires your fingerprints when entering a park.

Biometrics. This is the next wave of personal information that businesses will soon require consumers to share. Biometric data is physiological or biological characteristics used to identify an individual, such as facial recognition, fingerprints, and retina/iris scans.

Personal information collected through biometric data will have to be secured by businesses that collect them. New York has taken the first steps to ensure security for the collection of biometric data.

White House Opposes NDAA Provision Banning Dishonorable Discharge for COVID Vaccine Refusal

Forbes Alert reported:

The White House said it "strongly opposes" a provision in the 2022 defense spending bill that would block the Pentagon from dishonorably discharging a service member who refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

A section in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would limit military commanders' options for disciplining those who fail to comply with the vaccination mandate, the White House Office of Management and Budget said in a statement of administration policy Wednesday.

Section 716 of the NDAA would prohibit service members who are discharged over vaccine refusal from receiving anything other than an honorable discharge, noting that "many Americans have reservations about taking a vaccine that has only been available for less than a year."

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NY Governor Refusing to Budge on Vaccine Mandate for Nurses: You're Replaceable

Fox News reported:

Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul remained adamant that healthcare workers get vaccinated by Sept. 27 in the state or be replaced.

"To all the healthcare providers, doctors and nurses in particular who are vaccinated, I say thank you. Because you are keeping true to your oath," Hochul said during a visit to Rochester Wednesday. "To those who won't, we will be replacing people."

Team USA to Mandate COVID Vaccine for Winter Olympic Hopefuls

Axios reported:

American athletes looking to compete in the Winter Olympics in Beijing must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to updated guidelines posted on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) website.

Employees, athletes and contractors must be vaccinated by Nov. 1 to use USOPC facilities or attend events hosted by the committee. On Dec. 1, the mandate extends "to all Team USA delegation members or hopefuls for future Games."

Tech Groups Representing Facebook and Twitter Sue Texas Over Social Media Censorship Law

Forbes reported:

Two trade groups representing big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas on Wednesday, arguing a new state law that prohibits social media platforms from banning users over their political views violates the companies' First Amendment rights.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for west Texas, says the Republican-styled anti-censorship law infringes on the editorial discretion of social media companies by forcing them to allow content they otherwise wouldn't.

Texas House Bill 20, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law September 9, requires social media companies with more than 50 million monthly users in the U.S. to issue public reports on suspensions and content removal to prove political bias isn't playing a role in those decisions.

Vaccine Mandate Must Prove COVID a 'Grave Danger' in the Workplace

KATV Reported:

While some employers are eager to comply with the guidance and boost workplace vaccination, others are preparing to challenge the mandate in court. That has raised the stakes for the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is responsible for drafting the rule.

OSHA has been working quietly behind the scenes on an emergency temporary standard that can stand up to legal challenges. Their strongest position will be establishing the need for a mandate to protect employees against the "grave danger" of COVID-19.

"It's one thing if a private company of any size wants to require employees to be vaccinated. It's a whole different ball game when the federal government is compelling these businesses to police their employees," said Elaine Parker, president of the Job Creators Network Foundation. The group is filing suit with some of its small business members and their employees.

Florida's New Surgeon General Opposes Mandates, Calls COVID Vaccines 'Nothing Special'

CBS News reported:

On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Dr. Joseph Ladapo will be the state's new surgeon general and secretary of the state's health department.

But Ladapo quickly came under fire from critics for downplaying COVID-19 vaccines.

At a press conference announcing his new role, Ladapo said he is going to advocate for a "public health" approach to handling the pandemic and other concerns, and said he will "completely reject fear as a way of making policies."

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Children’s Mental Health Referrals Double in Pandemic + More


Children's NHS Mental Health Referrals Double in Pandemic

The Guardian reported:

Record numbers of children and young people are seeking access to NHS mental health services, figures show, as the devastating toll of the pandemic is revealed in a new analysis.

In just three months, nearly 200,000 young people have been referred to mental health services – almost double pre-pandemic levels, according to the report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Experts say the figures show the true scale of the impact of the last 18 months on children and young people across the country.

Pfizer and BioNTech Receive First U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization of a COVID Vaccine Booster

Yahoo!Finance reported:

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized for emergency use a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 65 years of age and older, individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19, and individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19.

The booster dose is to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series, and is the same formulation and dosage strength as the doses in the primary series.

Wuhan Scientists Planned to Release Coronavirus Particles Into Cave Bats, Leaked Papers Reveal

The Telegraph reported:

Wuhan and U..S scientists were planning to release enhanced airborne coronavirus particles into Chinese bat populations to inoculate them against diseases that could jump to humans, leaked grant proposals dating from 2018 show.

New documents show that just 18 months before the first COVID-19 cases appeared, researchers had submitted plans to release skin-penetrating nanoparticles and aerosols containing "novel chimeric spike proteins" of bat coronaviruses into cave bats in Yunnan, China.

They also planned to create chimeric viruses, genetically enhanced to infect humans more easily, and requested $14million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) to fund the work.

COVID Will Become No Worse Than a Common Cold, AstraZeneca Vaccine Creator Says

The National News reported:

The leading scientist behind the AstraZeneca vaccine expects COVID-19 to recede into the same category as other coronaviruses and cause symptoms no worse than a common cold.

Scientist Dame Sarah Gilbert was speaking at a webinar hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine on Wednesday and said there was not an enormous amount of concern about future variants of the virus.

The virologist said the spike protein targeted by vaccines was limited in its ability to mutate to avoid immunity that could potentially make vaccines less effective.

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In-Depth: Can the COVID Vaccines Cause Ringing in the Ears or Tinnitus?

ABC News San Diego reported:

Several hundred Californians say they started hearing ringing in their ears after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. They're wondering if tinnitus should be listed as a rare potential side effect.

In August, both the Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency added tinnitus as a potential side effect of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. However, regulators in the U.S. say there is no causal relationship between the condition and the vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna, which use different technology.

More than 10,250 people in the U.S. have submitted a report about tinnitus to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's adverse events database as of Wednesday. Most of the reports involve people who were vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna. The database collects reports from the public that might be incomplete, inaccurate or unverified.

Moderna Chief Executive Sees Pandemic Over in a Year

Reuters reported:

Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) Chief Executive Stéphane Bancel thinks the coronavirus pandemic could be over in a year as increased vaccine production ensures global supplies, he told the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung.

"If you look at the industry-wide expansion of production capacities over the past six months, enough doses should be available by the middle of next year so that everyone on this earth can be vaccinated. Boosters should also be possible to the extent required," he told the newspaper in an interview.

Vaccinations would soon be available even for infants, he said.

NY Debuts COVID Trackers for Variants, Breakthrough Cases: See Where Things Stand

NBC New York reported:

New York state has long tracked COVID-19 variants like Delta and breakthrough infections among fully vaccinated people, but for the first time, that information is now easily available to the public, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday.

As of the latest update, which reviews the period Aug. 29 through Sept. 11, the highly contagious Delta variant accounts for 99.4% of all new COVID-19 cases in the Empire State, a marginal increase from the previous two-week period.

The U.S. Is Discarding Millions of COVID Vaccines. One Cause: Multi-Dose Vials.

NBC News reported:

On July 16, a worker at a vaccination clinic in Alpena County, Michigan, opened a vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. That started the clock: All 10 doses had to get into arms within hours.

But the person who was supposed to get vaccinated had a change of heart, according to records the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shared with NBC News.

Workers scrambled to find others who wanted the doses in the opened vial, but they couldn't find a single person—so, in the end, they had to discard the 10 doses, they told state officials when they reported the waste.

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FDA Ignores Safety Committee’s Guidance, Authorizes Pfizer Booster for 65 and Older, Plus ‘High Risk’ Groups


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday amended the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine to allow for a single booster shot to be administered to people 65 and older.

In addition to older Americans, boosters will be made available to people 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe illness from COVID, and also those "whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure" to the virus puts them at high risk of serious complications from the disease caused by the virus, the agency said.

"After considering the totality of the available scientific evidence and the deliberations of our advisory committee of independent, external experts, the FDA amended the EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for a booster dose in certain populations such as healthcare workers, teachers and daycare staff, grocery workers and those in homeless shelters or prisons, among others," Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting FDA commissioner said in a statement.

The FDA, in approving the emergency authorization, interpreted the advisory panel's recommendations issued Friday more broadly to cover a larger swath of people.

During meeting of FDA advisory panel to recommend whether to approve 3rd dose of Pfizer's COVID vaccine, physicians pointed to data that confirms risks of Pfizer's COVID vaccine don't outweigh benefits.

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On Sept. 17, the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) unanimously recommended EUA for a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine for people 65 and older and those with compromised immune systems, to be administered six months after they get the first two doses.

However, the committee voted 16 to 2 against recommending boosters for the general population citing a lack of long-term data. The committee said the risks did not outweigh the benefits for those people.

"The FDA considered the committee's input and conducted its own thorough review of the submitted data to reach today's decision," Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.

Pfizer had asked for FDA approval to give its vaccine to everyone 16 and older six months after they are fully immunized with two shots, CNN reported. The company said it had enough evidence that immunity starts to wane after six months, and that giving a booster restores the immunity safely.

As The Defender reported Sept.16, Pfizer didn't test its booster at all in people who are actually at risk. The company conducted only a single phase 1 study that covered 12 people over age 65.

The company also combined its phase 2/3 booster trial and included no one over 55. According to data Pfizer submitted to the FDA, the drugmaker tested its booster in only 306 people — one of whom had a heart attack.

Pfizer compared people who received the vaccine with those who received the placebo but later also got the vaccine — because Pfizer unblinded the trial last year by giving placebo subjects the vaccine.

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Critics weigh in: boosters 'unjustified and unethical'

In an email to The Defender, Dr. Meryl Nass, an internist and biological warfare epidemiologist, said Pfizer asked the FDA to fully license a third booster dose of its COVID mRNA vaccine for everyone 16 and up based on "unconvincing data."

Nass said:

"Pfizer used a tiny subset of subjects — only 306 subjects — among whom more than a third dropped out over time. None were under 18, and only 12 were over 65. Furthermore, if you believe the incredibly good efficacy numbers claimed by the CDC, the first two doses continue to work very well and no booster is currently needed.

"As a result, the FDA's vaccine advisory committee voted against approving the third booster dose for the general population. And that was the only question they had been asked to vote on. However, the FDA was unwilling to take that as its final answer.

"So suddenly the FDA created a new question for the committee: Would it approve (i.e., license) boosters for those over 65 and /or immune compromised? In a transparent attempt to give Pfizer a consolation prize, the committee voted 'Yes.'"

Nass said authorizing the boosters for the groups designated by the FDA opens the doors to mandate the boosters for those people. "This is why issuing a license for COVID vaccines is such a fraught subject," Nass said.

Dr. Robert Malone, creator of mRNA vaccine technology, also responded to the FDA's decision. In an email to The Defender, Malone wrote:

"In general, current data that I am aware of supports administration of booster doses to 'individuals 65 years of age and older and individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19.' However, I am not familiar with data that clearly demonstrate that 'individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19.'

"This statement and risk group was not included in the VRBPAC recommendations, and appear to represent regulatory overreach on the part of the FDA and the commissioner.

"The appearance is that the FDA is exceeding its mandate to focus on patient safety, efficacy and purity (adulteration) in order to advance, justify and enable additional vaccine booster mandate public policies for these groups based on public contact risks, rather than unsupported enhanced personal risks of COVID-19 complications.

"What the data do show is that these vaccines do not provide robust protection from infection, high level viral replication and infection of others by vaccinated persons. In my opinion, vaccine booster mandates, coupled with coercive threat of punishment by termination of employment for these cohorts, are both unjustified and unethical."

Will boosters do more harm than good?

During the Sept. 17 VRBPAC meeting, Steve Kirsch, founder of the COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund, told FDA officials COVID vaccines kill more people than they save.

Kirsch said four experts did analyses using completely different non-U.S. data sources, and all of them came up with approximately the same number of excess vaccine-related deaths — about 411 deaths per million doses.

"That translates into 150,000 people who have died [from COVID vaccines]," he explained.

Kirsch told committee members:

"We were led to believe that vaccines are perfectly safe, but this is simply not true. For example, there were four times as many heart attacks in the treatment group in the Pfizer 6-month trial report. That wasn't bad luck, the VAERS shows heart attacks happen 71 times more often following these vaccines compared to any other vaccine. In all, 20 people died who got the drug — 14 died who got the placebo."

After FDA officials dismissed his comments, Kirsch sent a follow-up email, in which he cited a study in Toxicology Reports to back up his assertion that the people in the age group for whom the FDA approved boosters — 65 and older — are at greater risk of dying from the vaccine than from the virus.

Kirsch pointed officials to this excerpt from the study:

"Thus, our extremely conservative [author's emphasis] estimate for risk-benefit ratio is about 5/1. In plain English, people in the 65+ demographic are five times as likely to die from the inoculation as from COVID-19 under the most favorable assumptions! …

"In summary, the value of these COVID-19 inoculations is not obvious from a cost-benefit perspective for the most vulnerable age demographic, and is not obvious from any perspective for the least vulnerable age demographic."

CDC expected to follow FDA guidance

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met Wednesday to hear data about the safety and effectiveness of a Pfizer booster, and it is expected to make a recommendation when the committee meets today.

The CDC must give its stamp of approval for any booster doses to be officially given. The ACIP can further amend recommendations for how any vaccine booster doses should be given.

The recommendation from the ACIP will almost certainly receive a quick endorsement from CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. The shots are expected to be available as soon as this week at pharmacies and some doctor's offices.

In a letter sent Thursday and obtained by CNN, the CDC urged local and state health officials to wait to administer boosters until both agencies had signed off.

According to the CDC's latest data from its Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), between Dec. 14, 2020, and Sept. 17, 2021, a total of 701,561 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines have been reported — including 14,925 deaths and 91,523 serious injuries.

Historically, VAERS has been shown to report only 1% of actual vaccine adverse events.

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American Medical Association Defers to Political Ideology Rather Than Medical Facts in COVID Messaging Guide


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The Winter 2021 "AMA COVID-19 Guide: Background/Messaging on Vaccines, Vaccine Clinical Trials & Combatting Vaccine Misinformation," issued by the American Medical Association (AMA) raises serious questions about the AMA's adherence to transparency, honesty, ethics and the moral standards to which it will hold its members.

The AMA was founded in 1847 and is the largest professional association and lobbying group of physicians and medical students in the U.S. According to the AMA itself, its mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

How then do they explain this "COVID-19 messaging guide," which explicitly teaches doctors how to deceive their patients and the media when asked tough questions about COVID-19 treatment options and COVID shots?

AMA teaches doctors how to deceive

"It is critical that physicians and patients have confidence in the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines as they become available for public use," the "AMA COVID-19 Guide" states, adding:

"To overcome vaccine hesitancy and ensure widespread vaccine acceptance among all demographic groups, physicians and the broader public health community must continue working to build trust in vaccine safety and efficacy, especially in marginalized and minoritized communities with historically well-founded mistrust in medical institutions."

Indeed, the entire guide is aimed at teaching doctors how to foster confidence in the medical profession in general, as it pertains to treatment of COVID-19, but in particular as it pertains to the experimental COVID shots.

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The guide provides "suggested narratives" for various engagements, such as when communicating on social media, as well as "talking points to guide external communications," such as when being interviewed. It lists nine specific "key messages" that they want doctors to focus on when communicating about COVID-19. These key messages can be summarized as follows:

AMA concerned about disinformation

On page 7 of the guide, under the science narrative heading, the AMA declares it is "deeply concerned that rampant disinformation and the politicization of health issues are eroding public confidence in science and undermining trust in physicians and medical institutions," adding that "Science should be grounded in a common understanding of facts and evidence and able to empower people to make informed decisions about their health."

To that end, the AMA is calling upon "all elected officials to affirm science and fact in their words and actions," and for media to "be vigilant in communicating factual information" and to "challenge those who chose to trade in misinformation."

AMA then instructs doctors on how to disinform

It's a disappointment, then, to find the AMA instructing doctors on how to misinform the public using a variety of psychological and linguistic tools. Perhaps one of the most egregious examples of this is the recommended "COVID-19 language swaps" detailed on page 9.

As you can see below, the AMA explicitly instructs doctors to swap out certain words and terms for other, more narrative-affirming choices. Shockingly, this includes swapping "hospitalization rates" to "deaths" — two terms that are not even remotely interchangeable!

Hospitalization rate refers to how many people are sick in the hospital with COVID-19, whereas death refers to how many people have died. The first term refers to people who are still alive, and the other refers to patients who are not alive.

It strains credulity that the AMA would actually tell doctors to substitute a factual data point with an outright lie. But with this swap, are they not telling doctors to state that people are dead, when in fact they've only been hospitalized with COVID-19?

COVID-19 language swaps

Another highly questionable word swap is to not address the nitty, gritty details of vaccine trials, such as the number of participants, and instead simply refer to these trials as having gone through "a transparent, rigorous process."

Swapping the factual term "Operation Warp Speed" for "standard process" is another outrageous misdirection. The two simply aren't interchangeable. In fact, they're actually diametrically opposed to one another. Standard process for vaccine development includes a long process of over a decade and a large number of steps that were either omitted or drastically shortened for the COVID shots.

Following standard process is what makes vaccine development take, on average, 10 years and often longer. Operation Warp Speed allowed vaccine makers to slap together these COVID shots in about nine months from start to finish. You cannot possibly say that the two terms describe an identical process.

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The power of language

Other language swaps are less incredulous but still highlight the fact that the AMA wants its members to help push a very specific and one-sided narrative that makes power-grabbing overreaches and totalitarian tactics sound less bad than they actually are, and make questionable processes sound A-OK.

Language is a powerful tool with which we shape reality, because it shapes how we think about things. As noted by storyteller and filmmaker Jason Silva:

"The use of language, the words you use to describe reality, can in fact engender reality, can disclose reality. Words are generative… We create and perceive our reality through language. We think reality into existence through linguistic construction in real-time."

For example, "lockdown" sounds like involuntary imprisonment imposed by a totalitarian regime, which is what it is, whereas "stay-at-home order" sounds far less draconian. After all, "home" is typically associated with comfort and safety.

The same goes for using "COVID protocols" in lieu of "COVID mandates, directives, controls and orders." "Protocols" sounds like something that is standard procedure, as if the COVID measures are nothing new, whereas "mandates, controls and orders" imply that, indeed, we're in medical fascism territory, which we are.

How to steer, block, deflect and stall inconvenient questions

The AMA could have instructed its members to simply stick to the facts and be honest — and in some sections, it does do that — but it doesn't end there. Rather, the AMA provides a full page of instructions on how to steer the conversation, and how to block, deflect and stall when faced with tough questions where an honest answer might actually break the official narrative.

Here's a sampling of these instructions. I encourage you to read through page 8 of the guide, and pay attention to these psychological tricks when listening to interviews or reading the news.

Interviewing techniques:

It's worth noting that the AMA also stresses that: 1) Doctors are to speak for the AMA, and 2) doctors are NOT to offer their personal views. Speaking for the AMA is listed under "Your Responsibilities" when being interviewed, while not discussing personal views is listed under "Interview Don'ts."

AMA is rapidly eroding all credibility

The AMA's guidance isn't all bad. Some of its advice makes perfect sense. But the inclusion of language swaps that result in false statements being made, and tools for steering, blocking, deflecting, redirecting and stalling in order to avoid direct answers do nothing but erode credibility and thus trust in the medical community.

Its direct instruction to not share personal views is another trust-eroding strategy. When people talk to their doctor, they want to hear what that doctor actually thinks, based on their own knowledge and experience.

They don't expect their doctor — or a doctor appearing in an interview — to simply rehash a narrative dictated by the AMA. If we cannot trust our medical professionals to give their honest opinions and give direct answers, there's little reason to even discuss our concerns with them, and that's the opposite of what the AMA claims it seeks to achieve.

The AMA is concerned about the proliferation of misinformation and eroding trust, yet it's telling its members to keep their professional views to themselves and lie about COVID deaths. With this guidance document, the AMA is essentially implicating itself as a source and instigator of medical misinformation that ultimately might injure patients.

In a Stew Peters Show interview (see top of this article), Dr. Bryan Ardis criticized the AMA guidance document, pointing out that while the AMA claims it put out the guidance to prevent political ideologies from dictating medicine, it is actually proving that the AMA itself is deferring to political ideology rather than medical facts.

The AMA wants its members to act as propagandists for a particular narrative — using "politically correct language" — rather than sharing information and acting in accordance with their own conscience and professional insight. As noted by Peters:

"If a doctor's just going to repeat what the AMA tells them, why have doctors at all? You can get plenty of starving propagandists at any liberal college, but instead we want to turn our medical professionals into ideological zombies with stethoscopes."

Originally published by Mercola.

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