COVID-19 vaccine

January 12, 2022

Writer Blasted for Claiming It’s ‘Necessary’ to Mock Anti-Vaxxers’ Deaths

A columnist for the Los Angeles Times became the subject of ire after penning an op-ed claiming that “mocking anti-vaxxers’ deaths is ghoulish, yes — but necessary.”

The writer, Michael Hiltzik, a Pulitzer-Prize winner, encouraged readers to mock unvaccinated people who die from covid to ensure “that the lessons of these teachable moments are heard.”

“On the one hand, a hallmark of civilized thought is the sense that every life is precious,” Hiltzik writes. “On the other, those who have deliberately flouted sober medical advice by refusing a vaccine known to reduce the risk of serious disease from the virus, including the risk to others, and end up in the hospital or the grave can be viewed as receiving their just deserts.”

"It may be not a little ghoulish to celebrate or exult in the deaths of vaccine opponents. And it may be proper to express sympathy and solicitude to those they leave behind."

"But mockery is not necessarily the wrong reaction to those who publicly mocked anti-COVID measures and encouraged others to follow suit, before they perished of the disease the dangers of which they belittled."

The column concludes: “There may be no other way to make sure that the lessons of these teachable moments are heard.”

Hiltzik’s piece was quickly met with scathing criticism, with some calling it “disgusting.”

“This is disgraceful, disgusting, and evil,” former Rep. Justin Amash (LP-MI) tweeted.

Even vocal supporters of the covid vaccination took issue with Hiltzik’s writing.

“I want people to get vaccinated but will never accept that those who fail to do so deserve a death sentence,” Breaking Points host Krystal Ball tweeted.


LA Times columnist says publicly mocking deaths of anti-vaxxers’ is ‘necessary’ to create ‘teachable moments’

January 9, 2022

Judge: FDA Must Turn Over COVID Vaccine Safety Data in 8 Months — Not 75 Years

A federal judge ruled that the Food and Drug Administration must release its complete trove of documents it used to license its COVID-19 vaccine in about eight months — a dramatic decrease from the original 75-year deadline.

A group of doctors and scientists with the nonprofit Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the FDA, seeking roughly 450,000 documents regarding the vaccine’s creation process. The FDA proposed producing 500 pages a month, but U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman ordered the agency to release more than 55,000 a month.

Under Pittman’s timeline, all of the Pfizer vaccine data should be publicly available by late September. Under the FDA’s original proposal, the documents wouldn’t be available in their entirety until 2097.

“Here, the Court recognizes the ‘unduly burdensome’ challenges that this FOIA request may present to the FDA,” Pittman wrote in his four-page ruling. “But, as expressed at the scheduling conference, there may not be a ‘more important issue at the Food and Drug Administration … than the pandemic, the Pfizer vaccine, getting every American vaccinated, [and] making sure that the American public is assured that this was not rush[ed] on behalf of the United States.”

The judge’s order requires the FDA to produce more than 12,000 pages before January 31. After that, the agency must “produce the remaining documents at a rate of 55,000 pages every 30 days, with the first production being due on or before March 1, 2022, until production is complete.”

Pittman cited a quote from the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that excessive secrecy from a government entity “feeds conspiracy theories and reduces the public’s confidence in the government.”


Judge scraps 75-year FDA timeline to release Pfizer vaccine safety data, giving agency eight months

January 3, 2022

Alex Jones Lashes Out at Trump for Pushing Vaccine [Video]

Infowars host Alex Jones had some harsh words for former President Trump, threatening to “dish all the dirt” on him over his recent pro-vaccine comments.

On a recent episode of Infowars, the previously staunch and outspoken Trump supporter told his audience to “move on” from the former president.

“Yeah, we all wish Trump would do the right thing. But listen, I’ve got the inside baseball on Trump. He doesn’t know what’s going on. And I’m not even defending Trump. I’m just saying we’ve got to move on,” Jones said.

“In fact, maybe—you know what—to get Trump’s attention,” he continued, “maybe I should just dish all the dirt—you know what, you know what—I am going to dish it all on Trump next hour.”

“It’s not to hurt Trump, it’s so people can know how pathetic he is when you think he is playing 4D chess, going to save you and he’s not!” Jones added.

Trump has recently been touting the COVID-19 vaccines as a major accomplishment of his administration, encouraging Americans to get the vaccine.


Alex Jones Threatens to ‘Dish Dirt’ on Trump for Pushing Vaccine

January 2, 2022

Pro-Vax Trump Doubles Down

Former President Donald Trump’s recent comments touting COVID-19 vaccines as a major achievement of his presidency have irked some of his supporters that are ardently opposed to the vaccine.

Trump’s first comments came on during an event in Dallas, Texas, on December 19, wherein he told former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that he’d received the booster shot — a revelation that was met with some boos from the crowd.

The former president continued touting the vaccine as a major accomplishment of his administration in subsequent interviews.

“I came up with a vaccine, with three vaccines,” Trump told conservative pundit Candace Owens. “All are very, very good. Came up with three of them in less than nine months. It was supposed to take five to 12 years.”

In that same interview, Trump pushed back when Owens suggested that the vaccines weren’t safe.

“Oh no, the vaccine works,” Trump interrupted Owens, who said she was not vaccinated. “The ones that get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine.”

“Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form,” Trump added. “People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.”

Though Trump supports the vaccine, he does not support vaccine mandates.

“If you don’t want to take it, you shouldn’t be forced to take it. No mandates,” Trump told O’Reilly.

“It’s still their choice,” he told Owens.

“There is a chunk of the base that just doesn’t trust the vaccines, and I think there was a real feeling that Trump was with them on that. I think hearing him actually point out that, you know, the vaccines are safe — there’s kind of this inherent tension with the anti-vax crowd who likes the president, who, rightly or wrongly, thinks he’s on their side.”

Polls suggest that most Republicans support vaccines and are vaccinated, but not by a wide margin.

In September, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 58% of Republican respondents were vaccinated, compared to 90% of Democrats and 68% of independents.

Republican Strategist Keith Naughton told The Hill he was “a little” surprised by Trump’s recent pro-vaccination comments, but it also made political sense.

“On the surface, it’s surprising. But when you think about it, it’s a sensible thing,” Naughton said. “It’s a sign that he is running. I think he knows he can’t just be part of that extremist side, he’s got to branch out.”

Trump’s recent comments have ruffled the feathers of some right-wing pundits. Owens later said 75-year-old Trump is “too old” to research the vaccines on the internet. Infowars host Owen Shroyer said the comments “leave a bad taste in our mouth.”

However, some within the GOP welcomed Trump’s remarks.

“For the past year, some of these fringe voices were allowed to speak, and then he didn’t respond to it. Now he spoke, and now these fringe voices just realize how small their voices are compared to the former president of the United States,” one Trump ally told The Hill.

Some experts say if Trump continues to promote the vaccine, it will lead to an inevitable conflict with parts of the right.

“There is a chunk of the base that just doesn’t trust the vaccines, and I think there was a real feeling that Trump was with them on that,” one GOP operative said. “I think hearing him actually point out that, you know, vaccines are safe — there’s kind of this inherent tension with the anti-vax crowd who likes the president, who, rightly or wrongly, thinks he’s on their side.”

“It’s a weird dynamic.”


Trump fires up vaccine tensions

January 1, 2022

Viewers Demand Apology from MSNBC, Rachel Maddow

People are demanding apologies from MSNBC and host Rachel Maddow for insisting that the COVID-19 vaccine would prevent further transmission of the virus.

A clip of Maddow’s show from March 29, 2021, was widely shared on social media, with users calling on Maddow to “retract her statement and apologize.”

“Now we know that the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person,” Maddow said during the broadcast.

“A vaccinated person gets exposed to the virus, the virus does not infect them, the virus cannot then use that person to go anywhere else,” she added. “It cannot use a vaccinated person as a host to go get more people.”

According to Fox News: “While the COVID-19 vaccines did prove to be effective against the first strains of the coronavirus, the emergence and rapid spread of the omicron variant, even among the vaccinated, has raised cause for concern. Initial studies have shown that omicron cases feature milder symptoms than their predecessors but are more contagious.”

Given the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S. with a 62% vaccination rate, critics laid into MSNBC.

“It’s wild how there are no consequences for all these vaccine lies,” sports journalist Clay Travis tweeted. “If you wonder why many are skeptical of the covid ‘vaccine’ it’s because they remember what they were told about how effective the vaccine was. All that Rachel Maddow says here is untrue.”

“Will she retract her statement and apologize?” Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy tweeted.

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Viewers demand apology from MSNBC, Rachel Maddow for previous COVID vaccine comments

December 28, 2021

Fauci Weighs In On Trump Getting Booed

White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci accused former President Trump of “poisoning the well” on vaccines during his term.

During an interview with CNN’s New Day, Fauci said he was “stunned” when Trump was recently booed after revealing he’d received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

“I was stunned by the fact that he’s doing that, and he’s getting booed in some places for doing that,” Fauci said.

“Which means that you know, poisoning the well early on about — even not being enthusiastic or outright not pushing — vaccines or discouraging vaccines, now has a lingering effect,” he added.

Fauci noted that some of Trump’s most loyal supporters aren’t heeding his calls for people to get their shots.

“Really tells you the strength of the divisiveness in our society, which I’ve always said to me is the biggest stumbling block about getting this pandemic under control,” Fauci said.

He added that there “is no place for divisiveness politically when you have a classical historical, unprecedented pandemic. I mean, it just doesn’t make any sense.”

Trump has urged supporters to recognize his administration’s efforts and accomplishments with the COVID-19 vaccine.

“This was us. We did this. And the distribution is moving along, according to our plan. And it’s moving along really well,” Trump said during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.

Fauci told This Week he was “a bit dismayed” by the audience’s negative reaction to the former president’s vaccination.

“I mean, given the fact of how popular he is with that group, that they would boo him, which tells me how recalcitrant they are about being told what they should do,” Fauci said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated, and roughly 65 million have received a booster.


Dr. Fauci Blames Trump for ‘Poisoning the Well’ When it Comes to Vaccine Hesitancy

December 28, 2021

Trump ‘Very Appreciative’ of Biden’s Praise

President Joe Biden’s praise for the previous administration’s COVID-19 vaccine “surprised” former President Donald Trump, the 45th president said.

“Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America was one of the first countries to get the vaccine,” Biden said from the White House.

“Thanks to my administration and the hard work of Americans, we led a rollout that made America among the world leaders in getting shots in arms,” Biden added, referring to the Trump administration’s COVID-19 vaccine effort called “Operation Warp Speed.”

Trump told Fox News that he was surprised and appreciative of Biden’s comments, adding that he believes they will help heal the country.

“I’m very appreciative of that — I was surprised to hear it,” Trump said. “I think it was a terrific thing, and I think it makes a lot of people happy.”

“I think he did something very good,” Trump said. “You know, it has to be a process of healing in this country, and that will help a lot.”

“When we came up with these incredible vaccines — three of them — and therapeutics, we did a tremendous job, and we should never disparage them,” Trump continued. “We should be really happy about it because we’ve all saved millions and millions of lives all over the world.”

Trump told the outlet that the key to circumventing vaccine skepticism lies within the tone they are discussed with, noting that he believes mandates are not the proper response.

The former president recently revealed to Bill O’Reilly that he received a COVID-19 booster shot.


Trump ‘very appreciative’ and ‘surprised’ Biden acknowledged his administration’s COVID vaccine success

December 22, 2021

Trump Booed for Saying He Received COVID Booster [Video]

Former President Donald Trump revealed he received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, prompting a small amount of boos from audience members.

Trump’s disclosure came on the final day of Bill O’Reilly’s “History Tour.”

“Both the president and I are vaxxed, and, did you get the booster?” O’Reilly asked Trump onstage.

“Yes,” Trump replied.

“I got it, too,” O’Reilly said.

“Oh, don’t, don’t don’t!” Trump said, making a gesture of dismissal when some people in the Dallas crowd reacted negatively. He pointed them out, referring to them as “a very tiny group over there.”

During the show, Trump credited his administration with developing the coronavirus vaccines.

“Look, we did something that was historic, we saved tens of millions of lives worldwide when we, together, all of us, we got a vaccine done,” Trump said.

“It would have been like the Spanish flu without it. … We should take credit for it, and you play right into their hands,” when you question the vaccine’s value.

The former president said he doesn’t support vaccine mandates but encourages the shot.

“I believe totally in your freedoms. I do. You’ve got to do what you have to do,” Trump said. “But, I recommend: take the vaccines. I did it. It’s good. Take the vaccines.”


Trump says he got Covid vaccine booster shot, tells fans not to boo him for it

December 18, 2021

103 Marines Kicked Out of Service for Refusing Vaccination

The Marine Corps booted 103 service members for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine.

The news comes the same day the Army announced it let go of six leaders — including two commanding officers — for the same reason.

“Vaccinating our soldiers against COVID-19 is first and foremost about Army readiness,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said in a statement.

“To those who continue to refuse the vaccine and are not pending a final decision on a medical or administrative exemption, I strongly encourage you to get the vaccine. If not, we will begin involuntary separation proceedings.”

So far, the Marine Corps has approved 1,007 exemptions from the vaccine mandate, with over 3,100 requests for religious accommodation in the works.

The involuntarily separated Marines are receiving honorable discharges, preventing them from losing post-military benefits.

The majority of each service has been inoculated. The Army and Navy are at roughly 98%, while the Air Force stands at 97.5%, and the Marine Corps at 95%.

Earlier this week, the Navy issued an order to its leadership to start the process of separating 5,731 active-duty unvaccinated service members. Additionally, the Air Force announced it was kicking out 27 airmen.


103 Marines kicked out of service for refusing to get COVID vaccine

December 10, 2021

Fauci: Americans Should Require Proof of Vaccination From Their Family Members

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, said that Americans should request proof of vaccination from their family members ahead of the holidays.

“Let’s take the holiday setting. You’re with your family. You have grandparents and parents and children. When you get vaccinated and you have a vaccinated group and you are in an indoor setting, you can enjoy, as we have traditionally over the years, dinners and gatherings within the home with people who are vaccinated,” Fauci said during an interview with The Washington Post

“And that’s the reason why people should, if they invite people over their home, essentially ask and maybe require that people show evidence that they are vaccinated, or give their honest and good faith word that they have been vaccinated,” he continued.

Fauci has been criticized for being inconsistent with information relating to the pandemic, especially regarding his inconsistent guidelines for fully-vaccinated individuals.

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