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Sprinkles from the Left

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Seven months after the first shots were authorized for emergency use, 66 percent of adults — more than 100 million people — have received at least one dose. That’s not the 70 percent President Biden was aiming to reach by July 4, but it’s close, and it’s an impressive figure.

This progress has enabled the nation to edge its way back to something resembling normal… Restaurants and theaters and barbershops are open. Mask mandates are being lifted. So far, most of the vaccines seem to work well against the dangerous Delta variant and all of its known cousins…

It’s worth pausing to acknowledge this triumph. Last summer, the nation was praying for vaccines that would be at least 50 percent effective, and no one was sure whether or when they might arrive…

But it’s too soon to declare total victory. The world is still locked in a desperate race between the coronavirus’s ability to evolve and society’s ability to vaccinate, and America’s lead in that race is precarious…

The only way to prevent such a grim outcome is to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible — not just in the United States but everywhere…

If you have access to any of the coronavirus vaccines and your immune system is not compromised, the single most important thing you can do for yourself, your loved ones and your country is to get vaccinated right away.

Editorial Board, NYT

So far, 190 million doses of the Pfizer shot and 138 million of the Moderna vaccine have been administered here, and more abroad. By all appearances, these vaccines work splendidly to protect against severe disease and death…

A stamp of approval from the FDA could give a boost to the flagging vaccination drive… but there are good reasons to show a bit more patience with the FDA. The hundreds of millions of shots successfully administered so far are a positive result, but access to patient data from those vaccinated across the country is selective and fragmentary, and not being used for the FDA’s review. The agency’s decision is being based on a set of about 40,000 individuals in clinical trials over about six months. In addition to looking at vaccine safety and effectiveness on people, the FDA must also assure the highest manufacturing quality, and that means extensive checking of factories and manufacturing processes, which are expanding. ​​A priority review such as this one has a six-month maximum window, but the FDA says it will be completed “far in advance” of that. Three or four months is possible. Pfizer’s Biologic License Application was submitted May 7, and Moderna’s on June 1. So the decision is not too far off.

But the most important reason to wait is the integrity of the process itself. If vaccination is the key to ending the pandemic, then the review must be persuasive and above reproach. If shortcuts or haste lead to questions about the review, it would shake public confidence just when confidence is vital…

The FDA must sprint, but not stumble.

Editorial Board, Washington Post ($)

Sprinkles from the Right

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A tremendous number of government and private policies affecting kids are based on one number: 335. That is how many children under 18 have died with a Covid diagnosis code in their record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet the CDC, which has 21,000 employees, hasn’t researched each death to find out whether Covid caused it or if it involved a pre-existing medical condition.

Without these data, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices decided in May that the benefits of two-dose vaccination outweigh the risks for all kids 12 to 15…

Organizations and politicians who are eager to get every living American vaccinated are following the CDC without understanding the limitations of the methodology… The agency’s Covid adolescent hospitalization report, like its death count, doesn’t distinguish on the website whether a child is hospitalized for Covid or with Covid…

Hospitals routinely test patients being admitted for other complaints even if there’s no reason to suspect they have Covid. An asymptomatic child who tests positive after being injured in a bicycle accident would be counted as a “Covid hospitalization.”

The CDC may also be undercapturing data on vaccine complications. The CDC’s risk-benefit analysis for vaccinating all children used rates of complications extrapolated from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System database, known as Vaers, which contains raw, self-reported data that is unverified and likely underreports adverse events…

The vaccine’s benefits may outweigh its risks for healthy kids, but the government shouldn’t try to push that conclusion based on faulty data.

Dr. Marty Makary, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School. (Published in the WSJ)

To say it in unison – and they’re all saying it – that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated is simply untrue, that’s a lie. There is a massive discrepancy between that political talking point, which is exactly what it is, and what the data in other countries are actually showing. Somebody needs to explain it, tell us the truth, we can handle it.

What is going on with the government’s own VAERS database – the vaccine harm database we are required to ignore but the Biden team maintains anyway but the numbers are bad anyway. Who knows? Nobody will say. As of tonight, the VAERS database reports more than a thousand cases of heart inflammation in people 30 and under who have taken the vaccine. Is that a big deal? Is it not? How are those people doing?

As of this week, the CDC and FDA say they have confirmed more than 600 reports of heart inflammation and swelling, and that number is all but certain to rise. What’s the context for those numbers? Is that a full count? Is it an undercount? Why isn’t anyone trying to find out? How come no one in the federal government is working to transparently complete a full assessment of all vaccine side effects and tell the public?…

These are relevant and vital questions. They are hardly the denial of anything – they are the opposite. They are a search for truth. An open-minded one, a relentless one that will not be shamed into silence. That’s what science is. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to be bullied by political forces into ignoring obvious questions.

Tucker Carlson, Fox News