WASHINGTON (LifeSiteNews) — Former President Barack Obama joined Biden administration COVID-19 czar Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday for a visit to Kimball Elementary School in the nation’s capital to encourage families to vaccinate their children against the virus, despite persistent questions about the new shots’ need and safety for the young.
“We are just getting through the holiday season, and we have one more thing to be thankful for, which is that we can get kids vaccinated if they’re between the ages of five and eleven,” Obama told parents, teachers, and students, the Daily Mail reports. “Nobody really loves getting a shot. I don’t love getting a shot. But I do it because it’s going to help keep me healthy.”
Getting our kids fully vaccinated is the best way to protect them against COVID-19. Today, Dr. Fauci and I stopped by Kimball Elementary School to meet with families and kids getting their vaccines—and encourage more parents and kids to do the same. pic.twitter.com/jhReaKJ7d9
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 30, 2021
The COVID vaccines “are really going to protect you. We know that from a lot of data, and a lot of experience we have,” added Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a leading voice in the White House Coronavirus Task Force convened under former President Donald Trump. “It’s also going to help keep schools open because the more kids are vaccinated, the less likely that we’re going to have a COVID outbreak in the schools. And that means our kids have a chance to learn together and socialize — you know, do all the things that you’re supposed to be doing when you’re five or six or seven or eleven.”
As was the case for a similar event last month featuring First Lady Jill Biden, Obama and Fauci appeared masked in all the event photos published by the Mail, despite being vaccinated themselves.
The campaign follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) October 29 decision to approve administering reduced doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of five and eleven, a move which raised concerns thanks in large part to Dr. Eric Rubin, a member of the FDA’s Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, stating that “we’re never going to learn about how safe this vaccine is unless we start giving it. That’s just the way it goes.”
Data shows that children are at little-to-no risk from the virus itself. This summer, a team of researchers with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine “analyze[d] approximately 48,000 children under 18 diagnosed with Covid in health-insurance data from April to August 2020,” and found a “mortality rate of zero among children without a pre-existing medical condition such as leukemia.” The lead researcher, Dr. Marty Makary, accused the CDC of basing its advocacy of school COVID vaccination on “flimsy data.”
Meanwhile, even experts otherwise friendly to the new shots — as acknowledged in July by the left-leaning publication Wired — argue that the potential for vaccine-related myocarditis among young males undermines the public health establishment’s persistent refrain that “the benefits of [COVID-19] vaccination far outweigh any harm.”
As for adults, a body of data suggests that the mass vaccination strategy for defeating COVID-19 has failed, undermining the case for the Biden vaccine mandate that is currently held up in litigation. The federal government considers more than 197 million Americans (59% of the eligible) to be “fully vaccinated” (a moving target given the vaccines’ temporary nature), yet data from Johns Hopkins University reported in October shows that more Americans died of COVID-19 this year (353,000) than in all of 2020 (352,000).
Vaccine hesitancy persists thanks to unaddressed concerns about the vaccines’ safety, stemming largely from the fact that they were developed and released far faster than any previous vaccine.
Defenders stress that their development did not start from scratch, but rather relied on years of prior research into mRNA technology; and that one of the innovations of Operation Warp Speed was conducting various aspects of the development process concurrently rather than sequentially, eliminating delays unrelated to safety. However, those factors do not fully account for the condensing of clinical trial phases — each of which can take anywhere from 1–3 years on their own — to just three months apiece.
While cases of severe harm reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) after taking COVID shots do not establish causation and represent less than one percent of total doses administered in the United States, a 2010 report submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) warned that VAERS caught “fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events.” May reporting from NBC News quotes several mainstream experts acknowledging “gaps” in federal vaccine monitoring.
Additionally, many of the unvaccinated simply consider it unnecessary in light of significant evidence that immunity from prior COVID infection lasts longer and is more durable than immunity from vaccination, while religious and/or pro-life Americans harbor moral objections to taking something developed and/or tested with the use of fetal cells from aborted babies.
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