Friday, February 16, 2024

Tensions Run High in House Hearing on COVID Vaccine Safety, Efficacy; MTG Slams Lack of COVID-19 Compensation: ‘Not a doctor, but I have a PhD in recognizing bulls***’, and other C-Virus related stories

Tensions run high in House hearing on COVID vaccine safety, efficacy
House lawmakers exchanged pointed barbs Thursday in what ended up being a rather “political” hearing held by the House Oversight Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
Top federal health officials appeared before the subcommittee to discuss how to engender further trust in vaccines as well as examine how the initial COVID-19 vaccine campaigns were carried out. At various points throughout the hearing, however, Democrats accused their colleagues across the aisle of creating further mistrust in immunizations.
The witnesses included Peter Marks, director Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Daniel Jernigan, director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and George Reed Grimes, director of the Division of Injury Compensation Programs for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), chair of the select subcommittee, appeared to anticipate how the hearing would play out Thursday, advising the members to abide by “established standards of decorum” even as “vigorous disagreement is part of the legislative process.”
Republican members of the panel concentrated largely on the public perception of the coronavirus vaccines’ efficacy, which they characterized as misleading. Wenstrup said during the hearing, “When you say reduce, it’s different than saying prevent. And that happened too often.”
While praising the development of the vaccines as an “extraordinary triumph of science,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) argued that “subsequent actions from overstating vaccine efficacy to the implementation of sweeping mandates and the suppression of open scientific debate eroded public trust.”
COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce the chances of severe illness, hospitalization and death due to an infection but they don’t provide 100 percent protection against transmission. As Marks noted during his testimony: “No pharmaceutical is 100 percent safe. In fact, even the water we drink is not 100 percent safe.” --->READ MORE HERE
MTG slams lack of COVID-19 compensation: ‘Not a doctor, but I have a PhD in recognizing bulls***’
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) harshly criticized the United States government’s failure to compensate victims of COVID-19 vaccine injuries, describing it as “bulls***.”
The Georgia lawmaker made the statement during a congressional hearing on Thursday, during which Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research within the Food and Drug Administration, said the COVID-19 vaccine was responsible for saving about 3.2 million lives in the U.S. Greene was especially critical of Marks for “rushing” the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for children while numerous side effects and injuries were reported when testing it.
“I’m not a doctor, but I have a Ph.D. in recognizing bulls*** when I hear it,” Greene said.
Greene said only 10,640 claims requesting compensation for COVID-19 vaccine-related injuries are in review, even though the vaccine resulted in over 86,000 hospitalizations. She also noted that only 11 claims had been properly compensated as of Jan. 1.
Marks apologized to those viewing the congressional hearing following Greene’s criticism of mandating the vaccine for children. --->READ MORE HERE
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