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Jomo Thomas

Jomo Sanga Thomas is a lawyer, journalist, social commentator and a former Speaker of the House of Assembly in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (iWN file photo)

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By *Jomo Sanga Thomas

(“Plain Talk” Oct. 14, 2022)

A senior Pfizer executive has admitted that the drug company did not know whether its COVID vaccine prevented transmission of the virus when it began rolling out the shots globally.

This shocking revelation came as Janine Small, Pfizer’s president of international developed markets, was testifying before the European Union Parliament.

Dutch parliamentarian Rob Roos asked Small:

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“Was the Pfizer COVID vaccine tested on stopping the transmission of the virus before it entered the market?  “If not, please say it clearly. If yes, are you willing to share the data with this committee?”

Small, appearing in place of Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla, who had been called to testify but declined, replied that the company had to “move at the speed of science”.

“Regarding the question, um, did we know about stopping the immunisation [sic] before it entered the market? No, heh,” she said.

All of us remember the media frenzy of fear and alarm that was whipped up. We were told that COVID was an existential threat. When the COVID mandate was rolled out in November 2021, PM Gonsalves said those designated as front-line workers to take the jab or lose their jobs. He encouraged private sector bosses to dismiss anyone who refused to follow their dictates and take the vaccine. As a consequence of this action, hundreds of public and private sector workers lost their jobs.

The saddest part of this sordid tale is that our government leaders lied to the population claiming that the vaccines were safe and effective. They claimed the vaccinated could neither contract nor transmit the COVID virus.  All keen observers knew this was a monumental lie because by the time the government instituted the mandates and tossed all unvaccinated persons out of our schools, hospitals, clinics, ports and departments, there was a rash of infections in these so-called safe zones.

Schools and government departments had to be closed. Yet the government persisted with its draconian policies to punish vaccine resisters and bring sufferation to them and their families. Workers who were forced off their jobs have been made to go without pay for a year.

Pfizer’s rationale for moving at the speed of science is dangerously disingenuous. Science has to be safe and effective. Hitherto the COVID Plandemic, all new drugs were rigorously tested. They had to go through a series of phases. When the COVID vaccines were rushed to market, there was no phase three trial.  But Pfizer claimed that their vaccines were up to 95 percent effective in preventing transmission and illness. These claims proved to be untrue.

By January 2022, two months after the coercive and oppressive mandate was rolled out here, Pfizer president Albert Bourla said two doses of the vaccine offered “very limited protection, if any” against the Omicron variant.

As if to prove the truth of Bourla’s statement and the ineffectiveness of the government policy, eight government parliamentarians tested positive for COVID during the budget debate. Yet rather than pause and reverse the mandates, PM Gonsalves doubled down on his policy of economic assassination to force citizens to take the ineffective vaccine that was untested for safety.  

As recently as Oct. 6, PM Gonsalves disclosed that CMO Simone Keizer -Beache advised that the COVID mandates should be kept in place for teachers and health workers. The government could have easily rejected this advice based on available scientific data. If it was given, Keizer-Beache should resign her position. The advice offered is not based on science.

We join with those who felt a sense of outrage as Janine Small admitted to the European parliament that no study was done on the vital issue of transmissibility. Why would you claim that your vaccine is 95% effective when you had done no study to justify your claim?

The Dutch parliamentarian correctly labelled the answer as “scandalous”, saying, “Millions of people worldwide felt forced to get vaccinated because of the myth that ‘you do it for others … Now, this turned out to be a cheap lie. This should be exposed.”

Roos said the admission removed the entire basis for vaccine mandates which “led to massive institutional discrimination as people lost access to essential parts of society…

“I find this to be shocking, even criminal,” he said. We could not agree more. Someone needs to pay for the pain, suffering and even death brought on by these policies.

In the early stages of the global rollout, drugmakers and public health authorities claimed the shots would prevent transmission of the virus, with Dr Bourla stating in April 2021 that trial data showed its vaccine was ‘100 per cent effective against severe COVID-19.”

Initially, a small number of so-called “breakthrough” infections were reported, but by late 2021 it had become clear the vaccinated were still catching and spreading the virus.

Earlier this year, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted the COVID vaccines “don’t protect overly well against infection, they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalisation and death”. This claim is proving to be a falsehood. Data from Canada, the UK, and Israel shows explosively high incidents of hospitalisations and deaths among those who are double vaccinated and boosted.

Although never in doubt, the evidence is now clear. COVID was never an existential threat. The mandates, which included lockdowns, demonisation of those who offered a contrary opinion, disinformation and misinformation, are part of a larger agenda to remake the world. 

Those who were made to suffer most were those at the bottom of society’s social ladder. The elite became even more affluent in the last two years. Small businesses were wiped out.

Pfizer made nearly US$37 billion in sales from its COVID vaccine last year — making it one of the most lucrative products in history, with overall revenue doubling in 2021 to US$81.3 billion. The US drugmaker reported annual profits of US$22 billion, more than double the previous year.

Riches for the powerful elite and suffering from the poor. Someone must pay.

*Jomo Sanga Thomas is a lawyer, journalist, social commentator and a former Speaker of the House of Assembly in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to [email protected].

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4 replies on “COVID mandate policy based on a dangerous lie”

  1. AP News

    Posts mislead on Pfizer COVID vaccine’s impact on transmission
    By MELISSA GOLDIN and ANGELO FICHERAOctober 13, 2022

    The vaccine is safe and effective and so are those manufactured by other reputeable companies. “While Roos and many others framed this as a new revelation, Pfizer never claimed that its clinical trial, upon which the vaccine was authorized for use, evaluated the shot’s effect on transmission. In fact, shortly before the vaccine’s release, the company’s CEO emphasized that this was still being evaluated.”

    But experts and research say that the COVID-19 vaccines have provided benefits in terms of limiting infections and transmission, at least with earlier variants of the virus and for a period of time after being vaccinated.

    Dr. Walter Orenstein, associate director of the vaccine center at Emory University, told the AP that the fact that Pfizer did not address the vaccine’s impact on transmission during clinical trials is not unusual, because transmission is a complex metric to measure.

    “It’s much more difficult to evaluate impact on transmission,” Orenstein, a professor of infectious diseases at the Emory School of Medicine, wrote in an email. “What is usually done is a randomized placebo controlled study, in which the recipients are ‘blinded (i.e., do not know whether they received placebo or vaccine.’”

    Huigh Bowman

  2. Donald De Riggs says:

    Now that we have a plate full of evidence against the experimental vaccine, it is time for the government to repeal the public health act and reinstate all workers who were wrongfully terminated, with all benefits restored. That is the most sensible thing to do….be a man and acknowledge that you made a mistake in the heat of the pro vaccine campaign, and apologize for your sins !

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