A new COVID variant is afoot, and government officials and their cheerleaders in the media are now amping up their narrative that the public should be very afraid and prepared for renewed masking, vaccine, and lockdown mandates.
But before we blindly accept the narrative (and directives) being fed to us by government and their media mouthpieces, let’s pause to remember the painful lessons from the past three years.
Let’s review the lies made and the actual reality that science and evidence has now confirmed.
Lie 1: Covid Originated from Nature – Not From a Bioweapons Lab Funded by US Taxpayers
In Spring and Summer of 2000, Dr. Anthony Fauci and all other government officials stridently declared that there was no evidence at all that Covid originated from a lab, instead focusing attention on the dangers of “wet markets” and the need to shut them down in the name of public health.1 Moreover, they denied using taxpayer funds for gain-of-function research and dismissed early reports that taxpayer funds of any kind went to the Wuhan lab.
Indeed, media outlets labeled any discussion of the possibility of a lab leak or US taxpayer-funding in the creation of Covid as “conspiracy theories” and censored the topic entirely.
Today, even though not unanimous, at least some US government agencies have concluded that COVID was “most likely” the result of a lab leak in Wuhan China, 2 and the House of Representatives Oversight Committee has identified “mounting evidence” supporting the lab leak hypothesis. Worse, it is now clear that US taxpayer funds did indeed subsidize gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab3,.
Lie 2: Lockdowns are Needed to Flatten the Curve
Sweden was right to eschew lockdowns, recording the lowest excess death rate in Europe despite being heavily criticized by advocates for heavy-handed destruction of personal freedom.4 Even Deborah Birx, one of the co-authors of “two weeks to bend the curve” has finally admitted that the lockdowns were utterly arbitrary and baseless2.
While the benefits from lockdowns were clearly non-existent, their costs have been immense.
Children have relatively low risk from Covid - a 99.995% survival rate,5 but they are very much harmed by the closure of schools, which “resulted in a substantial deficit in children’s learning and a deterioration in children’s mental health.”6
Lockdowns also disproportionately decimated small businesses,7 a critical driver of the US economy. The notion that government relief payments somehow mitigated this economic damage is also absurd: federal debt now exceeds $32 trillion, compared to $23 trillion as of the first quarter of 2020.
Let us also not forget that the lockdowns—as well as mask mandates—violated the World Health Organization’s own 2019 prescription for dealing with a influenza-like pandemic.8
Lie 3: Masks Work – Wear One and You and Grandma Will Be Safe
In a remarkable September 2, 2023 interview on CNN, 6 Anthony Fauci was confronted with the evidence of mask ineffectiveness from a large-scale Cochrane Review study.7 He tried to argue that wearing masks protected individuals from spreading coronavirus, but that there was inconclusive evidence to suggest it prevented a pandemic spiraling at a whole population level. The lead author of the Cochrane Review study, Tom Jefferson of Oxford University, responded:
“So, Fauci is saying that masks work for individuals but not at a population level? That simply doesn’t make sense,” said Jefferson. And he says there are ‘other studies’…but what studies? He doesn’t name them so I cannot interpret his remarks without knowing what he is referring to,” he added.
Jefferson explains that the entire point of the Cochrane review was to systematically sift through all the available randomized data on physical interventions such as masks and determine what was useful and what was not.”8
Even as far back as 2021, many other studies on mask effectiveness presaged the Cochrane Study findings9. All of these seem to support the view of Yale’s Harvey Risch, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and an outspoken critique of the COVID narrative and its prescriptions, that:
“trying to block the SARS-CoV-2 virus with a surgical mask is quite literally like trying to keep mosquitos out of your yard by erecting a chain-link fence” 10
Lie 4: The Covid Vaccines Work: Get One and You Won’t Get Covid; Um, Well Maybe You’ll Just Get Less Severe Symptoms
Government officials and the media declared without reservation that the Covid vaccine was infallible and a silver bullet. Specifically, President Joe Biden declared “this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated” and Anthony Fauci said “when you get vaccinated you become a dead end to the virus.”
Both statements have turned out to be totally false. Moreover, government officials and pharma executives knew it was false all along.
Pfizer has already admitted, in its now-famous October 2022 “speed of science” testimony12 to the EU parliament , that its mRNA vaccine had never been tested for its ability to stop transmission of the virus, which of course was the basis for vaccine passports, government coercion and social pressure for everyone to get vaccinated.
A mountain of scientific studies have now concluded the following:
Lie 5: The Covid Vaccines Are Safe
Government officials unflinchingly assured Americans that the Covid vaccines were “totally safe” and that rigorous testing confirmed that fact. Both of those claims turned out to be lies – asPfizer has openly admitted.
On August 17, 2023 the South African high court forced its government—the Republic of South Africa—to release the original 2021 Pfizer contract. Under Section 5.5 (“Purchaser Acknowledgement”), the “Purchaser”—the Republic of South Africa—took all of the risk of the vaccines: Pfizer clearly admitted that the vaccines were still being developed, strongly implied that testing was not complete, and further admitted that it “was not currently known” whether the vaccines would work, what long-terms effects they might have, and that there may well be adverse effects.:
Even more alarming is that the newly-disclosed contract between Pfizer and the Republic of South Africa is dated March 30th, 2021 — four months after the mRNA vaccine rollout started in America, during the same period that many in the US Government were assuring Americans that the vaccines were safe and effective, and not much before the September 2021 sweeping vaccine mandates by the Biden administration.
Reinforcing Pfizer’s admission are the serious health problems have emerged in the past three years that scientists are increasingly suspecting are linked to the Covid vaccines. The evidence accumulated by numerous scientific studies indicate four broad domains of vaccine damage: cardiovascular (myocarditis); neurologic disease, including stroke and neuropathy; severe blood clots; and immunologic abnormities.￼ Yale’s Harvey Risch also points to the alarming rise of cancers that “are now occurring in excess post-vaccination,” including long latency cancers in very young people that should not normally occur.9The causal link may yet be confirmed, given the latency period of cancers, but the correlation clearly warrants investigation.
A new Canadian study of southern hemisphere has concluded that vaccine fatality risk “increased significantly with age, but averaged 1 death per 800 injections across all ages and countries”. With “13.5 billion injections given up to Sept. 2, 2023, the researchers estimated there were 17 million COVID-19 vaccination deaths (± 500,000) globally following the vaccine roll-out.”10
Some may argue that government officials may not have been aware of these complications – but that also is not true. As early as February 28, 2021, the CDC was warned by Israel as early as about a "large number" of myocarditis cases after Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination but neither the CDC nor the FDA alerted the public.11 Naomi Wolf’s researchers have just uncovered a trove of emails demonstrating White House awareness of serious vaccine issues as early as 202112 And more than a year ago, in October 2022, the State of Florida officially cautioned about the risk of cardiac-related death, citing an “84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination.” Florida went on to observe that such an abnormally high risk of cardiac-related death likely outweighs any benefit to vaccination given the now “high level of global immunity to COVID-19”.13
Proponents of the mRNA vaccines—which we now know are “modified RNA” genetic therapies—are finally acknowledging they can cause myocarditis, or heart inflammation, in young people. Even Anthony Fauci now admits this,14 which is something that would have gotten you banned on Twitter a year ago.
Finally, given all of this continually mounting evidence about the risks of the vaccines, that we it is very reasonable to ask: have the new boosters (which, by the way, are simply more “mRNA” “vaccines”) been properly tested?
Well, perhaps not, according to a just-released report from Newsweek15 the new COVID boosters were only tested on mice, and “will be the first released to the public without any humans involved in the clinical trials, raising questions from some about the efficacy are receiving some scrutiny due to clinical trials being performed on mice and not humans.”
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo is certainly not convinced about the safety or the efficacy:16
There’s essentially no evidence for it. There’s been no clinical trial done in human beings showing that it benefits people. There's been no clinical trial showing that it is a safe product for people.
As of September 13, Florida’s Department of Health is officially advising against the use of COVID boosters for those under 65 based on the “absence of any meaningful booster-specific clinical trial data performed in humans” and that the federal government “failed to provide sufficient data to support the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.”17 18
What Have We Learned in 3 Years?
COVID is not the Black Death; it was relatively mild, targeting the elderly and this was obvious in early 2020 but that evidence was ignored by government officials and the media. But it was a ratings winner for the media and a useful political weapon for some in government.
Many in the medical profession and the public health institutions are now despondent over the loss of the aura of white-coated infallibility that has been carefully built up since the middle of the 20th Century. People are now even beginning to question the longstanding narratives about the safety and efficacy of traditional vaccines, for which there is plenty of evidence.
Public health depends in large part upon trust, but trust must constantly be earned. Its loss is indeed one of the many terrible outcomes of the COVID years.
There is much that remains to be studied about Covid-19 and associated treatments and prevention efforts like vaccines. However, one verdict is clearly in: the government (and the media) were wrong on multiple issues and have no right to demand the public simply listen to their next round of claims.