A student wearing a protective mask attends class on the first day of school amid the coronavirus pandemic at St. Lawrence Catholic School in North Miami Beach, Fla. August 18, 2021. (Marco Bello/Reuters) Its refusal to give kids access to COVID vaccines is unconscionable.
During the past week, 200,000 American children under age 12 tested positive for COVID-19. As the Delta variant spreads and schools reopen, these numbers are set to explode.
To date, only about 500 American children have died of COVID, but many thousands have experienced severe symptoms that could cause lifelong damage to their health. In the last week alone, more than 2,000 children were hospitalized for COVID-related illnesses, many from a serious, inflammatory syndrome known as MIS-C, and 37 have died from it.
Why is the FDA denying America’s children access to life-saving vaccines?
Make no mistake about it, the vaccines are life savers. As of this writing, more than 640,000 Americans have died of COVID. Over 70 percent of Americans have now been vaccinated. If the chances of death from COVID were equal regardless of vaccination status, the majority of deaths would be among the vaccinated, because they outnumber the unvaccinated more than two-to-one. However, of the 640,000 deaths, 636,000 were unvaccinated patients. In contrast, only about 6,000 of the vaccinated have died.
If a person is not vaccinated, his or her chance of dying from COVID increases more than a hundredfold. Yet the FDA is forcing all American children to remain in the at-risk category.
The FDA claims that it must perform not only further safety testing, but also effectiveness testing (which takes far longer with a preventative drug), before it can responsibly authorize use of COVID vaccines in children. But this is nonsense. Safety testing of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines was completed in August 2020. Is the FDA so irresponsible that it didn’t bother to collect safety data on minors? Regardless, hundreds of thousands of 12-year-olds have received the vaccines, with no pattern of side effects commensurate with the risk of the disease itself. There is no scientific basis for assuming that
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