By *Jomo Sanga Thomas
(“Plain Talk” Jan. 14, 2022)
The announcement that at least eight government parliamentarians tested positive for the coronavirus, and the frequency with which vaccinated Vincentians contracted the virus and infected others, exploded one sordid myth and confirmed an inconvenient truth. The COVID-19 epidemic is not a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Far from it, it is the pandemic of the vaccinated.
These vaccines were touted as safe and effective. Developments here and worldwide are living proof that they are far from effective. Their safety is questionable at best. Too many people are suffering severe adverse events, including death.
These most recent developments have demonstrated the immoral, unethical nature of the government’s vaccination mandate in a most crystal clear manner. They have laid bare the truth that the policies far from being driven by scientific facts are motivated by another agenda infused with fear and propaganda. It is now left for the court to strike the mandates as arbitrary, unreasonable, irrational, disproportionate, illegal and violative of our constitution.
If you think these conclusions appear far-fetched, consider the following: On Monday, Jan. 10, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment issued a press release that informed the public that all testing for unvaccinated and vaccinated persons was suspended until further notice. More sinister is the fact that the ‘Health and Wellness’ officials recommended that private-sector employers, whom it goaded into establishing some of the most stringent vaccination and testing regimes, must also halt their testing.
The health and wellness ministry owed the Vincentian public an explanation for the drastic reversal, but alas, none was offered. What kind of science could have motivated this dramatic about-face? The simple reason was that there was such an explosion of COVID-19 infections among the vaccinated, that the government wanted to do away with testing altogether. Continued testing will further erode confidence in its flawed and draconian vaccination policy.
Notice that none of these officials currently speak of science anymore. The truth is they never had science on their side. They were playing mind games with the people from the very beginning. The moment the injections became available, they doubled down on their fear-mongering. They shamed the unvaccinated, vilified and labelled them murders, nuisances and hindrances to progress. The unvaccinated were standing between our country’s return to normalcy, they screamed. They divided the nation between “vaxxed” and “unvaxxed”, split up families who were uninvited to family events. They offered the vaccinated a false sense of safety which they wore with smug assurance. Well, the proverbial shit has hit the fan.
First, they said that the vaccines protected against infection. You could not get it, and you could not spread it. The vaccines, we were told, were safe and effective. That rationale quickly fell away as vaccinated people began to test positive in increasing numbers. In response, the American Centre for Disease Control said not to worry. The ‘rare’ cases of a breakthrough were a clear sign that the vaccines were working. Then the rare breakthroughs became a flood. To plug that hole, they said a booster was needed, and then there was a demand for a second booster. PM Gonsalves announced that he had already taken four shots and was prepared to take more. Unless all of these reckless policymakers publicly display the COVID-19 cocktail being pumped into their arms, those who fell for the madness and took the jab should reconsider the Jim Jonian lure of booster after booster.
Two announcements earlier this week offer sufficient proof of this view. Speaking at a J.P Morgan Healthcare conference, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the current vaccines his company developed to combat the coronavirus offer ‘limited if any’ protection against contracting present variants of the disease. However, he did a sales pitch for boosters.
In the other announcement, the European Medicines Agency warned that “frequent COVID-19 booster shots could adversely affect the immune response and may not be feasible”.
So Pfizer advocates for more boosters, and the European regulators warn against more booster shots. It’s your health, and the decisions are yours, but please protect yourself and your children.
As we see in reports from nations such as Denmark, Israel, Iceland, Seychelles, Singapore and the United Kingdom and the United States, booster shots don’t tamp down the virus. The opposite is true. The virus flares up in countries where either the vaccines or boosters are given. There are increasing hospitalisation and death incidents among the vaccinated in the most vaccinated countries on earth.
Vincentians were told that the vaccination was wrap-around protection against hospitalisation and death. But that lie has also been exposed for what it is. Two Vincentian women died from covid induced pneumonia after being ‘fully vaccinated.’ If the government had not been so callously pigheaded with its perfect vaccine gaze, many Vincentians who lost their lives could have been alive today. Government officials and their hanger-on disavowed treatment, laughing at those who talked up the importance of sunshine, vitamins A and D, zinc, Ivermectin and steaming.
Moreover, Dr. Shantara Chetty of South African has successfully treated more than 7,000 covid patients. None died because he gauged the time of infection and estimated that the crucial turning point was day 8. If the patient has not shown signs of recovery, he uses steroids that help clear their throats and lungs, much like parents worldwide do when their children suffer a terrible bout of asthma.
These matters are far too serious for politicians and their supporters to play politics. It was a shocking disclosure to learn that the relatively enlightened Camillo Gonsalves told opposition senator Israel Bruce he did not want to be sprayed by his “unvaccinated spittle”. Camilo tested positive for COVID-19 the day after delivering the budget. Were those in the legislative chamber exposed to his unvaccinated infected spittle? Earlier in the pandemic, his father, in gleeful splendour, took to Star Radio and goaded God “to lick some of our citizens with the most dangerous diseases.” Ole people say when you are digging a grave for someone, dig one for yourself.
One thing is clear: the government must drop the mandates, rehire all those it callously and vindictively dismissed, review its vaccines policies, and prepare our country for its return to normalcy. There are effective treatments for COVID-19. Bad government policies turned the infection into a death sentence for some.
*Jomo Sanga Thomas is a lawyer, journalist, social commentator and a former Speaker of the House of Assembly in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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