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Why there should be a covid vaccine enquiry

The Irish Independent ran a telling headline, earlier this week:

The author’s case is straightforward enough: That politicians, at the end of last Spring, simply did a George W. Bush in Iraq: Declared victory over Covid 19 and moved on. They speak about the pandemic in the past tense. They talk about “during covid”, though people are still dying at an elevated rate.

The author’s conclusion (naturally, otherwise she’d hardly have been published) is that we should still be in full pandemic crisis mode, locking down and masking and “protecting the vulnerable”. That strikes me as nonsensical, for the simple reason that lockdown was supposed to buy the world time to find a vaccine, and a cure for Covid 19. And it is readily apparent that neither is going to happen. No, we’ve to live with covid now, for better or ill.

I write this, incidentally, as someone who finally fell foul of the virus last week. It was deeply unpleasant and, at times, quite scary: There was one point, last week, where I genuinely worried that I might have to be hospitalized for shortness of breath.

But, I’ve taken three vaccines.

Most of us, incidentally, have taken three vaccines. Many of us, four.

And yet, as the author of the Independent article shows, more people are dying now from covid than were dying before the vaccines were invented.

The rather blindingly obvious conclusion from this fact is that the Covid Vaccines did not work as they were intended to work, or as they were advertised to work.

This is something of a controversial statement. For one thing, there is a cohort of people convinced that the vaccines are actually killing people in their tens of thousands. There is no evidence to support this claim, but it is believed nevertheless.

For another thing, there is a larger cohort of people for whom the vaccines are an article of faith. I, for example, had three doses, and still suffered a crippling episode of covid. For the people in cohort two, the conclusion is inescapable: That without the vaccines, I might not be alive. This is, of course, an unfalsifiable statement. One could equally claim that one’s life was saved by a daily dose of vitamin D, or from the inhalation of generous doses of hot whiskeys and lemsips.

What is absolutely certain, though, is that it is impossible to reconcile the most positive claims about the vaccines with the evidence before us. Just as it is impossible to reconcile the wildest negative claims about those vaccines with the evidence before us.

What is also certain is that the Irish state has paid tens of millions of euros to vaccine manufacturers.

In fact, Pfizer and other manufacturers are doing something which should outrage all of us: They are actually profiting from the fact that their vaccine did not work as advertised, or as intended. The only reason, after all, that people are being offered booster jabs is because their first three shots have not left them invulnerable to covid.

It is also an inescapable fact that during the pandemic, the Irish state embarked – like too many others – on a campaign of overt coercion to force people to take these vaccines. Vaccination status was made into an effective passport, and one’s ability to access public services like flights and restaurants was made conditional on being vaccinated.

Never before in Irish history has the state gone to such lengths to compel people to take a medical product.

That compulsion was based on a lie.

The lie was that the vaccine would prevent transmission of covid 19. That was the intellectual basis for keeping unvaccinated people out of certain venues: That they, being unvaccinated, could spread the covid virus, while the vaccinated, being protected, would not. It was therefore safe to gather in large groups, once you had been vaccinated.

This was untrue.

So why did the Irish state pursue such a flawed policy? The obvious explanation is that it pursued that policy based on false information, provided by the vaccine manufacturers.

In these circumstances, there should be a full enquiry into the covid 19 vaccines. An enquiry which should include safety, efficacy, and – above all – the claims made by vaccine manufacturers to their customer, the Government.

This is necessary because it is readily apparent – even if not readily acknowledged – that the Covid 19 vaccines have done more to damage public confidence in future vaccines than any other vaccine in history. While those who believe that the vaccines are actively malignant remain small in number, there is a much larger cohort whose faith in the claims of medical manufacturers about their products has forever been shaken.

There are many, many legitimate questions which ought to be asked of the vaccine manufacturers. Perhaps such a process would actually restore and enhance trust. Or perhaps it might not. Either way, politicians and the media might wish to ignore the giant elephant in the room, but it is patently obvious to most people that the vaccines we were all compelled to take were in no way the products that they were advertised to be.

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