‘Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it’ wrote Jonathan Swift, ‘like a physician, who hath found out an infallible medicine, after the patient is dead’. After 18 months of relentless falsehoods — in fashionable parlance ‘disinformation’ — this week senior NSW health officers were strangely compelled to be a little less parsimonious with the truth.
Dr Jeremy McAnulty acknowledged that some of Australia’s 993 Covid casualties had not actually died from the disease, indeed had recovered from the virus only to succumb to another ailment or old age. Until now, anyone suggesting Covid death tolls were inflated was dismissed as a conspiracy theorist, a synonym in this pandemic for a realist. McAnulty’s boss, Dr Kerrie Chant also had a sip of truth serum when she said that Covid was going to be with us forever unless there were ‘better vaccines’.
The outbreak of truthfulness extended to New Zealand where health authorities admitted this week that the death of a woman who developed myocarditis was caused by her Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination. It’s the first in the world to be linked to a Pfizer jab by a government health ministry. Up until now, suggesting that someone had died of the Pfizer jab was grounds to be branded an ‘anti-vaxxer’. Yet there have been over 13,000 deaths post-vaccination reported to the US adverse events database, almost 10,000 after Pfizer jabs, more than 5,000 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis and more than 20 per cent of all deaths were related to cardiac disorders.
Truth-telling, at least with their feet, was heard even at the US Food and Drug Administration where the Director of the Office of Vaccine Research and her deputy are leaving, reportedly because of dissatisfaction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices which endorsed the approval of the Pfizer jab a day earlier even though Pfizer seemingly only provided data through to 13 March — before studies suggested the vaccine’s effectiveness against the Delta variant could be as low as 42 per cent. The Covid-19 Vaccine Safety Technical Work Group confirmed an increased risk of heart inflammation among vaccinated males under 30, but only disclosed 765 cases of myocarditis, excluding 16- to 17-year-olds who experience myocarditis at a higher rate.
The approval of the Pfizer vaccine is meant to be a gift for vaccine mandates but if the US is any guide, all mandates will do is exacerbate staff shortages. After firing 150 unvaccinated nurses, Houston, Texas, struggled to find staff as did hospitals across the States and there were 14 vaccine mandate protests by healthcare workers in August.
The absurdity of the mandates imposed on healthcare workers is that natural immunity acquired after infection is not recognised. Now a study from Israel has confirmed what immunology 101 and experience with Sars1 always indicated — natural immunity is far more durable and robust. Those with it are 13 times less likely than vaccinated people to get infected with Delta.
The extent to which Pfizer vaccines are failing is painfully obvious in Israel, one of the most vaccinated nations on earth, where infections are now the highest they have ever been despite the reinstatement of a mask mandate two months ago, illustrating just how effective that measure is in suppressing transmission. Yet Israelis lined up for the booster shots. Why? Double-jabbed people are considered unvaccinated but triple-jabbed people will only need to isolate for 24 hours when returning home from abroad, instead of up to 14 days.
Yet even in the vexed domain of vaccine passports, truth is intruding. In France, President Macron denied the unvaccinated access to a range of businesses, leading to a 21st century storming of the Bastille, with the unvaccinated storming the supermarkets. ‘It’s wonderful here in Vichy’, joked one. ‘Everyone demands to see your papers before you buy groceries!’ Yet in at least two court cases, the presidential decree has been over-ruled by judges as unlawful.
One place where pandemic truths are yet to penetrate is the New York Times. The paper covered the scourge of the second wave in India in lavish detail without ever mentioning that ivermectin turned the tide and reduced Indian cases so that they are now 15 times less per capita than in the US and per capita deaths are one tenth those in the US. On the pages of the NYT, ivermectin is the drug that dare not speak its name. A headline this week simply called it the ‘deworming drug’. A reporter was horrified that prescriptions for it have jumped to more than 88,000 per week from a pre-pandemic baseline of around 3,600 per week. Unfortunately, many pharmacists in the US have refused to fill those prescriptions, forcing people to buy it from livestock suppliers. That prompted the FDA to tweet, ‘You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it’. The joke has been enthusiastically shared on social media with those who use ivermectin denounced as ‘neigh-sayers’.
That hasn’t deterred Australians. The Guardian fretted this week that imports of ivermectin have increased tenfold and blames ‘right-wing media such as Fox News’. In fact, the efficacy of ivermectin in treating Covid was discovered by researchers at the Doherty Institute and pioneered as a treatment by world-famous Australian, Dr Thomas Borody, the man who cured peptic ulcers.
Australia’s National Covid-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce claims ‘there remains significant uncertainty whether ivermectin is more effective and safer than standard care in treating patients with Covid-19’. Standard care for early treatment in Australia is not much better than ‘have a Bex and a lie down’.
Rising demand for ivermectin suggests Australians have turned their backs on the regulators and prefer to get their medical advice straight from the horse’s mouth. Could it be that declining Covid mortality, despite rising cases, suggests the worm is turning? Perhaps when it comes to the Big I, the neighs have it.
‘There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears,’ warned Aldous Huxley in 1958, ‘producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods’. Are we there yet? Let’s hope not.
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