Thursday, April 09, 2020


What kind of depraved human being do you have to be to write what Cheryl Chumley wrote in The Washington Times yesterday?
Anthony Fauci sets stage for mandatory -- lucrative! -- vaccine

Anthony Fauci, America’s most-listened-to medical professional on the coronavirus, and apparently on all the political, economic, cultural and social precautions every man, woman and child in the nation should take on the coronavirus, has just warned what cooler-head coronavirus watchers have suspected all along: that this country may never, no never, go back to normal.

Never, that is, Fauci suggested, until a vaccine is developed. And by logical extension, that’s to say — never, until a vaccine is developed that must then be included on the required list of shots for all children to attend school.

What great news for ...
Humanity? Is that what you were about to say, Cheryl? That the development of a covid-19 vaccine would be great news for humanity?
What great news for Big Pharma.
Yes, drug companies will make money from a covid-19 vaccine. Also, tens of thousands of people won't die. I consider that a worthwhile tradeoff. Your mileage may vary.

Chumley thinks it's very suspicious that a highly influential coronavrus model is now projecting a lower death toll. She echoes a new right-wing talking point that's going, um, viral: that covid-19 deaths are being exaggerated, presumably for a sinister reason.
... deaths due to the coronavirus are wildly open to interpretation, wildly speculative, wildly unscientific....

What do doctors consider a coronavirus death?

In the United Kingdom, health officials give daily counts of deaths of those who tested positive for the coronavirus, but who might have actually died from other medical conditions. In the United States, doctor discretion reigns.

“In the US,” BBC reported, “doctors … are asked to record whether the patient dies ‘as a result of this illness’ when reporting Covid-19 deaths to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

So some patients may have underlying conditions that lead to death; others may not. Some hospitals may have policies that mandate the U.K. model — to chalk up any patient who died with the coronavirus to be reported to the CDC as a coronavirus fatality; other hospitals may let the doctor determine. It’s a toss-up, hardly fact-based.

And for all this, America may never see a return to pre-coronavirus normalcy?
To Chumley, Anthony Fauci is history's greatest monster, and the runner-up is Bill Gates.
... We’re focused on fear.

We should be focused on this: the money trail.

The money and power trail.

The Global Vaccine Action Plan, for instance.

“The World Health Organization, UNICEF, the National institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a collaboration to increase coordination across the international vaccine community and create a Global Vaccine Action Plan,” the Gates Foundation reported in a press release. “The collaboration follows the January 2010 call by Bill ad Melinda Gates for the next ten years to be the Decade of Vaccines.”

The “Decade of Vaccines?”

It's a structured campaign. It includes a Leadership Council, a Steering Committee, an International Advisory Committee — and other bureaucratic so forths and so ons. But here’s an interesting link.

The Leadership Council “is comprised of ... Dr. Anthony S. Fauci,” the Gates Foundation reported.
Actually, there are five people on the steering committee, one of whom is Fauci. But go on, Cheryl.
Fauci, the same guy who just set the stage for the dire need for a protective coronavirus vaccine, has a vested interest in seeing this vaccine come to fruition — come to widely administered fruition.

“Vaccines are miracles,” said Pedro Alonso, the director for the Institute for Global Health of Barcelona, and another stakeholder in the “Decade of Vaccines” program.


And for certain folk, certain insider folk, vaccines are also great economic and political investments. Especially when they come as saving grace solutions to wildly spread fears — especially when they come as required, mandated protections for global populations.
What is wrong with this person?

I don't think most rank-and-file right-wingers are looking at the pandemic this way. Recent polling shows that they're are scared as the rest of us. When there's a vaccine, most of them will want it.

Or so it seems now. Who knows what right-wingers will be thinking when the vaccine is finally here? We know that some on the right have it in for Fauci. We know that there's a strain of vaccine skepticism on the right, even though skepticism isn't limited to the right. We know that the right's brief moment of taking the coronavirus seriously could end at any minute. We know, as I said above, that the right is raising suspicions about the death toll.

Never mind the fact that a sharp uptick in home deaths in New York City suggests that covid-19 deaths are being undercounted.

We're likely to see a decline in infections and deaths starting in late April or May -- but then much of the country will probably open up too soon and too fully, goaded by Trump and the conservative media, and so we'll have another wave of infections and deaths, and probably several waves. I have no idea how the rank-and-file right will react.

But many of the right's opinion-mongers are among the worst people on earth. They'll continue to make this crisis worse than it has to be.

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