Barbara Loe Fisher is president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a non-profit charity she co-founded with parents of DPT vaccine injured children in 1982. For some 38 years she’s led a national, grassroots movement and public information campaign to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system. She has researched, analyzed and publicly articulated the major issues involving the science, policy, law, ethics and politics of vaccination to become one of the world’s leading non-medical, consumer advocacy experts on the subject. She is co-author of DPT: A Shot in the Dark and author of The Consumer’s Guide to Childhood Vaccines as well as Vaccines, Autism and Chronic Inflammation: The New Epidemic and Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law: A Guide.
Barbara noted that this is a very unusual time that we’re all experiencing and as Jim pointed out, there’s a huge public relations campaign under way by the federal government and the pharmaceutical companies (Operation Warp Speed) to have everyone obtain 2 doses of the COVID vaccine that was approved under an emergency use authorization.
According to Barbara, just because you have an emergency use authorization approval, it doesn’t mean that the vaccine has been formally licensed. Because of the pandemic, the companies are being allowed to ‘fast-track’ the vaccines to market so that they’re available for all individuals who want to use them.
Under emergency use authorization, the public is to be given informed consent. We’re not to be coerced or forced in any way to get the vaccine.
Has there been sufficient testing conducted for an aggressive public vaccination campaign? How many people are indicating they don’t want the vaccine at this time? What side-effects have been noted? What about herd immunity? These are just some of the questions looked at on this special health-focused edition of Crosstalk.