Wednesday, April 28, 2021
  Why I Won't Be Getting the Vaccine

    Analysis by Christian Elliot

by Mercola
April 27, 2021


  * Christian Elliot highlights 18 reasons why he won't get a COVID-19
    vaccine, including lingering questions and safety concerns
  * Among his reasons are the criminal past of vaccine manufacturers, no
    long-term safety testing or informed consent, and under-reporting of
    adverse reactions and death
  * There's also the overall survival COVID survival rate of 99.74%, the
    bloated COVID death numbers and the fact that Dr. Anthony Fauci and
    others at NIAID own patents in the Moderna vaccine
  * Rampant censorship and lack of scientific debate over issues like
    vaccine efficacy and safety trials, many cases of people developing
    COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated and warnings from
    vaccinologists, are also giving him pause

A few friends have asked my thoughts on the COVID jab(s) so I thought it
was time to write an article on the topic. All my friends had not heard
most of the details I shared, so I figured you might appreciate hearing
some of what I told them. Knowing how contentious this issue is, part of
me would rather just write about something else, but I feel like the
discussion/news is so one-sided that I should speak up.

As I always strive to do, I promise to do my best to be level-headed and
nonhysterical. I'm not here to pick a fight with anyone, just to walk
you through some of what I've read, my lingering questions, and explain
why I can't make sense of these COVID vaccines.

      Three Ground Rules for Discussion

If you care to engage on this topic with me, excellent. Here are the
rules. I am more than happy to correspond with you if:

 1. You are respectful and treat me the way you would want to be treated.
 2. You ask genuinely thoughtful questions about what makes sense to you.
 3. You make your points using sound logic and don't hide behind links
    or the word "science." In other words, make a kind, level-headed
    argument (links welcome), but don't just post a link and say "read
    the science." That's intellectually lazy.

If you do respond, and you break any of those rules, your comments will
be ignored/deleted. With that out of the way, let me say this - I don't
know everything, but so far no one has been able to answer the
objections below. So here are the reasons I'm opting out of the COVID

      1. Vaccine Makers Are Immune From Liability

The only industry in the world that bears no liability for injuries or
deaths resulting from their products are vaccine makers. First
established in 1986 with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act,^1
 and reinforced by the PREP Act,^2  vaccine makers cannot be sued, even
if they are shown to be negligent.

The COVID vaccine makers are allowed to create a one-size-fits-all
product, with no testing on sub-populations (i.e., people with specific
health conditions), and yet they are unwilling to accept any
responsibility for any adverse events or deaths their products cause.

If a company is not willing to stand behind their product as safe,
especially one they rushed to market and skipped animal trials on, I am
not willing to take a chance on their product. No liability. No trust.
Here's why:

      2. The Checkered Past of the Vaccine Companies

The four major companies that are making these COVID vaccines are/have

 1. Never brought a vaccine to market before COVID (Moderna and Johnson
    & Johnson).
 2. Are serial felons (Pfizer and AstraZeneca).
 3. Are both (Johnson & Johnson).

Moderna had been trying to "Modernize our RNA"^3      (thus the company
name) for years but had never successfully brought any product to market
- how nice for them to get a major cash infusion^4    from the government
to keep trying.

In fact, all major vaccine makers (save Moderna) have paid out tens of
billions of dollars in damages for other products they brought to market
when they knew those products would cause injuries and death - see
Vioxx,^5  Bextra,^6  Celebrex,^7  Thalidomide^8  and opioids^9  as a few

If drug companies willfully choose to put harmful products in the
market, when they can be sued, why would we trust any product where they
have NO liability? In case it hasn't sunk in, let me reiterate: Three of
the four COVID vaccine makers have been sued for products they brought
to market even though they knew injuries and deaths would result.

  * *Johnson & Johnson* has lost major lawsuits in 1995, 1996, 2001,
    2010, 2011, 2016 and 2019.^10  (For what it's worth, J&J's vaccine
    also contains tissues from aborted fetal cells,^11  perhaps a topic
    for another discussion)
  * *Pfizer* has the distinction of the biggest criminal payout in
    history. They have lost so many lawsuits it's hard to count. You can
    check out their rap sheet here.^12  Maybe that's why they are
    demanding that countries where they don't have liability
    protection^13  put up collateral^14  to cover vaccine-injury lawsuits.
  * *AstraZeneca* has similarly lost so many lawsuits it's hard to
    count. Here's one.^15    Here's another^16    - you get the point. And
    in case you missed it, the company had their COVID vaccine suspended
    in at least 18 countries^17  over concerns of blood clots, and they
    completely botched their meeting with the FDA^18  with numbers from
    their study that didn't match.
  * Oh - and apparently *J&J* (whose vaccine is approved for "Emergency
    Use"^19    in the U.S.) and *AstraZeneca* (whose vaccine is not
    approved for "Emergency Use" in the U.S.) had a little mix up in
    their ingredients^20  - in 15 million doses. Oops.

Let me reiterate this point: Given the free pass from liability, and the
checkered past of these companies, why would we assume that all their
vaccines are safe and made completely above board? Where else in life
would we trust someone with that kind of reputation?

To me that makes as much sense as expecting a remorseless, abusive,
unfaithful lover to become a different person because a judge said deep
down they are a good person. No. I don't trust them. No liability. No
trust. Here's another reason why I don't trust them:

      3. The Ugly History of Attempts to Make Coronavirus Vaccines

There have been many attempts to make viral vaccines in the past that
ended in utter failure, which is why we did not have a coronavirus
vaccine in 2020. In the 1960s, scientists attempted to make an RSV
(respiratory syncytial virus) vaccine for infants. In that study,^21
 they skipped animal trials because they weren't necessary back then.

In the end, the vaccinated infants got much sicker than the unvaccinated
infants when exposed to the virus in nature, with 80% of the vaccinated
infants requiring hospitalization, and two of them died.^22

After 2000, scientists made many attempts to create coronavirus
vaccines. For the past 20 years, all ended in failure because the
animals in the clinical trials got very sick and many died, just like
the children in the 1960s. You can read a summary of this
history/science here.^23  Or, if you want to read the individual studies
you can check out these links:

  * In 2004, attempted vaccine produced hepatitis in ferrets.^24
  * In 2005, mice^25  and civets^26  became sick and more susceptible to
    coronaviruses after being vaccinated.
  * In 2012, the ferrets^27  became sick and died. And in this study^28
     mice and ferrets developed lung disease.
  * In 2016, this study^29  also produce lung disease in mice.

The typical pattern in the studies mentioned above is that the children
and the animals produced beautiful antibody responses after being
vaccinated. The manufacturers thought they hit the jackpot. The problem
came when the children and animals were exposed to the wild version of
the virus.

When that happened, an unexplained phenomenon^30  called antibody
dependent enhancement (ADE), also known as vaccine enhanced disease^31
 (VED), occurred where the immune system produced a "cytokine storm"^32
 (i.e., overwhelmingly attacked the body), and the children/animals
died. Here's the lingering issue.

The vaccine makers have no data to suggest their rushed vaccines have
overcome that problem. In other words, never before has any attempt to
make a coronavirus vaccine been successful, nor has the gene-therapy
technology that is mRNA "vaccines" been safely brought to market but,
hey, since they had billions of dollars^33  in government funding, I'm
sure they figured that out. Except they don't know if they have.

      4. The Data Gaps Submitted to the FDA by the Vaccine Makers

When vaccine makers submitted their papers to the FDA for the emergency
use authorization^34  (Note: An EUA is not the same as a full FDA
approval), among the many "data gaps" they reported was that they have
nothing in their trials to suggest they overcame that pesky problem of
vaccine enhanced disease.

They simply don't know - i.e., they have no idea if the vaccines they've
made will also produce the same cytokine storm (and deaths) as previous
attempts at such products. As Dr. Joseph Mercola points out

    /"Previous attempts^35    to develop an mRNA-based drug using lipid
    nanoparticles failed and had to be abandoned because when the dose
    was too low, the drug had no effect, and when dosed too high, the
    drug became too toxic. An obvious question is: What has changed that
    now makes this technology safe enough for mass use?"/

If that's not alarming enough, here are other gaps in the data - i.e.,
there are no data to suggest safety or efficacy regarding:

Vaccine Concerns

Hard to believe, right? In case you think I'm making this up, or want to
see the actual documents sent to the FDA by Pfizer and Moderna for their
emergency use authorization, you can check out this^36  or this^37
 respectively. The data gaps can be found starting with page 46 and 48

For now, let's turn our eyes to the raw data the vaccine makers used to
submit for emergency use authorization.

      5. No Access to the Raw Data From the Trials

Would you like to see the raw data that produced the "90% and 95%
effective" claims touted in the news? Me too. But they won't let us see
that data. As pointed out in the BMJ,^38  something about the Pfizer and
Moderna efficacy claims smells really funny.

There were "3,410 total cases of suspected, but unconfirmed COVID-19 in
the overall study population, 1,594 occurred in the vaccine group versus
1,816 in the placebo group."

Wait, what? Did they fail to do science in their scientific study by not
verifying a major variable? Could they not test those "suspected but
unconfirmed" cases to find out if they had COVID? Apparently not. Why
not test all 3,410 participants for the sake of accuracy? Can we only
guess they didn't test because it would mess up their "90-95% effective"
claims? Where's the FDA?

Would it not be prudent for the FDA to expect (demand) that the vaccine
makers test people who have "COVID-like symptoms" and release their raw
data so outside, third-parties could examine how the manufacturers
justified the numbers? I mean it's only every citizen of the world we're
trying to get to take these experimental products.

Why did the FDA not require that? Isn't that the entire purpose of the
FDA anyway? Good question. Foxes guarding the hen house? Seems like it.
No liability. No trust.

      6. No Long-Term Safety Testing

Obviously, with products that have only been on the market a few months,
we have no long-term safety data. In other words, we have no idea what
this product will do in the body months or years from now - for ANY
population. Given all the risks above (risks that ALL pharmaceutical
products have), would it not be prudent to wait to see if the worst-case
scenarios have indeed been avoided?

Would it not make sense to want to fill those pesky "data gaps" before
we try to give this to every man, woman and child on the planet? Well,
that would make sense, but to have that data, they need to test it on
people, which leads me to my next point.

      7. No Informed Consent

What most who are taking the vaccine don't know is that because these
products are still in clinical trials, anyone who gets the shot is now
part of the clinical trial. They are part of the experiment. Those (like
me) who do not take it, are part of the control group.

Time will tell how this experiment works out. But, you may be asking, if
the vaccines are causing harm, wouldn't we be seeing that all over the
news? Surely the FDA would step in and pause the distribution? Well, if
the adverse events reporting system^39  were working, maybe things would
be different.

      8. Underreporting of Adverse Reactions and Death

According to a study done by Harvard^40  (at the commission of our own
government), less than 1% of all adverse reactions to vaccines are
actually submitted to the national Vaccine Adverse Events Reports System
(VAERS) - read page 6 of the Harvard study.^41

While the problems with VAERS have not been fixed (as you can read about
in this letter to the CDC^42 ), at the time of this writing VAERS
reports^43  over 2,200 deaths from the current COVID vaccines, as well
as close to 60,000 adverse reactions.

    /"VAERS data released today showed 50,861 reports of adverse events
    following COVID vaccines, including 2,249 deaths and 7,726 serious
    injuries between Dec. 14, 2020 and March 26, 2021."/

And those numbers don't include (what is currently) 578 cases of Bell's
Palsy.^44  If those numbers are still only 1% of the total adverse
reactions (or 0.8 to 2% of what this study^45  published recently in
JAMA found), you can do the math, but that equates to somewhere around
110,000 to 220,000 deaths from the vaccines to date, and a ridiculous
number of adverse reactions.

Bet you didn't see that on the news. That death number would currently
still be lower than the 424,000 deaths from medical errors that happen
every year (which you probably also don't hear about), but we are not
even six months into the rollout of these vaccines yet.

If you want a deeper dive into the problems with the VAERS reporting
system, you can check this out^46  or check this out.^47  But then
there's my next point, which could be argued makes these COVID vaccines
seem pointless.

      9. The Vaccines Do Not Stop Transmission or Infection

Wait, what? Aren't these vaccines supposed to be what we've been waiting
for to "go back to normal"? Nope. Why do you think we're getting all
these conflicting messages^48  about needing to practice social
distancing and wear masks AFTER we get a vaccine?

The reason is because these vaccines were never designed to stop
transmission OR infection. If you don't believe me, I refer you again to
the papers submitted to the FDA I referenced above. The primary endpoint
(what the vaccines are meant to accomplish) is to lower your symptoms.

Sounds like just about every other drug on the market, right? That's it
- lowering your symptoms is the big payoff we've been waiting for. Does
that seem completely pointless to anyone but me?

 1. It can't stop us from spreading the virus.
 2. It can't stop the virus from infecting us once we have it.
 3. To get the vaccine is to accept all the risk of these experimental
    products^49  and the best it might do is lower symptoms?

Heck, there are plenty of other things I can do to lower my symptoms
that don't involve taking what appears to be a really risky product. Now
for the next logical question: If we're worried about asymptomatic
spreaders, would the vaccine not make it more likely that we are
creating asymptomatic spread?

If it indeed reduces symptoms, anyone who gets it might not even know
they are sick and thus they are more likely to spread the virus, right?
For what it's worth, I've heard many people say the side effects of the
vaccine (especially the second dose) are worse than catching COVID. I
can't make sense of that either.

Take the risk. Get no protection. Suffer through the vaccine side
effects. Keep wearing your mask and social distancing. And continue to
be able to spread the virus. What? It gets worse.

      10. People Are Catching COVID After Being Fully Vaccinated

Talk about a bummer. You get vaccinated and you still catch COVID.

Covid Vaccine Concerns

In reality, this phenomenon is probably happening everywhere, but those
are the ones making the news now. Given the reasons above (and what's
below), maybe this doesn't surprise you, but bummer if you thought the
vaccine was a shield to keep you safe. It's not.

That was never the point. If 66% of health care workers in L.A.^56  are
going to delay or skip the vaccine, maybe they aren't wowed by the
rushed science either. Maybe they are watching the shady way deaths and
cases are being reported.

      11. The Overall Death Rate From COVID

According to the CDC's own numbers, COVID has a 99.74% survival rate.^57
 Why would I take a risk on a product, that doesn't stop infection or
transmission, to help me overcome a cold that has a .26% chance of
killing me - actually in my age range it has about a 0.1% chance of
killing me (and .01% chance of killing my kids), but let's not split
hairs here.

With a bar (death rate) that low, we will be in lockdown every year,
i.e., forever. But wait, what about the 500,000 plus deaths - that's
alarming, right? I'm glad you asked.

      12. The Bloated COVID Death Numbers

Something smells really funny about this one. Never before in the
history of death certificates has our own government changed how deaths
are reported. Why now, are we reporting everyone who dies with COVID in
their body, as having died of COVID, rather than the comorbidities that
actually took their life?

Until COVID, all coronaviruses (common colds) were never listed as the
primary cause of death when someone died of heart disease, cancer,
diabetes, autoimmune conditions, or any other major comorbidity. The
disease was listed as the cause of death, and a confounding factor like
flu or pneumonia was listed on a separate line.

To bloat the number even more, both the WHO and the CDC changed their
guidelines such that those who are suspected or probable^58  (but were
never confirmed) of having died of COVID are also included in the death
numbers. Seriously?

If we are going to do that then should we not go back and change the
numbers of all past cold and flu seasons so we can compare apples to
apples when it comes to death rates? According to the CDC's own
numbers,^59  (scroll down to the section "Comorbidities and other
conditions") only 6% of the deaths being attributed to COVID are
instances where COVID seems to be the only issue at hand.

In other words, reduce the death numbers you see on the news by 94% and
you have what is likely the real numbers of deaths from just COVID. Even
if the former CDC director^60  is correct and COVID-19 was a
lab-enhanced virus^61  (see Reason No. 14 below), a 0.26% death rate is
still in line with the viral death rate that circles the planet every year.

Then there's this Fauci guy.^62    I'd really love to trust him, but
besides the fact that he hasn't treated one COVID patient, you should
probably know:

      13. Fauci and 6 Others at NIAID Own Patents in Moderna's Vaccine

Thanks to the Bayh-Dole Act,^63  government workers are allowed to file
patents on any research they do using taxpayer funding. Tony Fauci owns
over 1,000 patents (see this video for more details^64 ), including
patents being used on the Moderna vaccine, which he approved government
funding for.

In fact, the NIH (which NIAID is part of) claims joint ownership^65  of
Moderna's vaccine. Does anyone else see this as a MAJOR conflict of
interest, or criminal even? I say criminal because there's also this
pesky problem that makes me even more distrustful of Fauci, NIAD and the
NIH in general.

      14. Fauci's on the Hot Seat for Illegal Gain-of-Function Research

What is "gain-of-function"^66      research? It's where scientists attempt
to make viruses gain functions - i.e., make them more transmissible and
deadlier. Sounds at least a touch unethical, right? How could that
possibly be helpful? Our government agreed and banned the practice.^67

So what did the Fauci-led NIAID do? They pivoted and outsourced the
gain-of-function research^68  (in coronaviruses no less) to China - to
the tune of a $600,000 grant. You can see more details, including the
important timeline of these events in this fantastically well-researched

Dr. Fauci, you have some explaining to do, and I hope the cameras are
recording when you have to defend your actions. For now, let's turn our
attention back to the virus.

      15. The Virus Continues to Mutate

Not only does the virus (like all viruses) continue to mutate, but
according to world-renowned vaccine developer Dr. Geert Vanden
Bossche^70  (whom you'll meet below if you don't know him) it's mutating
about every 10 hours. How in the world are we going to keep creating
vaccines to keep up with that level of mutation?

We're not. Might that also explain why fully vaccinated people are
continuing to catch COVID?^71  Why, given that natural immunity has
never ultimately failed humanity, do we suddenly not trust it?

Why, if I ask questions like the above, or post links like what you find
above, will my thoughts be deleted^72  from all major social media
platforms? That brings me to the next troubling problem I have with
these vaccines.

      16. Censorship - and the Complete Absence of Scientific Debate

I can't help but get snarky here, so humor me. How did you enjoy all
those nationally and globally-televised, robust debates put on by public
health officials, and broadcast simultaneously on every major news station?

Wasn't it great hearing from the best minds in medicine, virology,
epidemiology, economics and vaccinology from all over the world as they
vigorously and respectfully debated things like:

Covid-19 Vaccine Concerns

Wasn't it great seeing public health officials (who never treated anyone
with COVID) have their "science" questioned? Wasn't it great seeing the
FDA panel publicly grill the vaccine makers in prime time as they stood
in the hot-seat of tough questions about products of which they have no
liability? Oh, wait, you didn't see those debates?

No, you didn't - because they never happened. What happened instead was
heavy-handed censorship of all but one narrative. Ironically, Mark
Zuckerberg can question vaccine safety,^74  but I can't? Hypocrite? When
did the First Amendment become a suggestion?

It's the FIRST Amendment^75    Mark - the one our founders thought was
most important. With so much at stake, why are we fed only one narrative
- shouldn't many perspectives be heard and professionally debated?

What has happened to science? What has happened to the scientific method
of always challenging our assumptions? What happened to lively debate in
this country, or at least in Western society? Why does anyone who
disagrees with the WHO or the CDC get censored so heavily? Is the
science of public health a religion now, or is science supposed to be
about debate?

If someone says "the science is settled" that's how I know I'm dealing
with someone who is closed minded. By definition science (especially
biological science) is never settled. If it were, it would be dogma, not
science. OK, before I get too worked up, let me say this:

I want to be a good citizen. I really do. If lockdowns work, I want to
do my part and stay home. If masks work, I want to wear them. If social
distancing is effective, I want to comply. But, if there is evidence
they don't (masks for example^76 ), I want to hear that evidence too.

If highly-credentialed scientists have different opinions, I want to
know what they think. I want a chance to hear their arguments and make
up my own mind. I don't think I'm the smartest person in the world, but
I think I can think. Maybe I'm weird, but if someone is censored, then I
REALLY want to hear what they think.

Don't you? To all my friends who don't have a problem with censorship,
will you have the same opinion when what you think is censored? Is
censorship not the technique of dictators, tyrants and greedy,
power-hungry people? Is it not a sign that those who are doing the
censoring know it's the only way they can win?

What if a man who spent his entire life developing vaccines was willing
to put his entire reputation on the line and call on all global leaders
to immediately stop the COVID vaccines because of problems with the science?

What if he pleaded for an open scientific debate on a global stage?
Would you want to hear what he has to say? Would you want to see the
debate he's asking for?

      17. The World's Leading Vaccinologist Is Sounding the Alarm

Here is what may be the biggest reason this COVID vaccine doesn't make
sense to me. When someone who is very pro-vaccine, who has spent his
entire professional career overseeing the development of vaccines, is
shouting from the mountaintops that we have a major problem, I think the
man should be heard.

In case you missed it, and in case you care to watch it, here is Dr.
Geert Vanden Bossche,^77  explaining:

 1. Why the COVID vaccine may be putting so much pressure on the virus
    that we are accelerating its ability to mutate and become deadlier.
 2. Why the COVID vaccines may be creating vaccine-resistant viruses
    (similar to antibiotic resistant bacteria).
 3. Why, because of previous problems with antibody dependent
    enhancement, we may be looking at a mass casualty event in the next
    few months/years.

If you want to see/read about a second, and longer, interview with
Vanden Bossche, where he was asked some tough questions, you can check
this out.^78  If half of what he says comes true, these vaccines could
be the worst invention of all time. If you don't like his science, take
it up with him. I'm just the messenger. But I can also speak to COVID

      18. I Already Had COVID

I didn't enjoy it. It was a nasty cold for two days:

  * Unrelenting butt/low-back aches
  * Very low energy
  * Low-grade fever

It was weird not being able to smell anything for a couple days. A week
later, coffee still tasted a little "off." But I survived. Now it
appears (as it always has) that I have beautiful, natural, lifelong
immunity^79  - not something likely to wear off in a few months if I get
the vaccine.

In my body and my household, COVID is over. In fact, now that I've had
it, there is evidence the COVID vaccine might actually be more
dangerous^80  for me. That is not a risk I'm willing to take.

      In Summary

The above are just my reasons for not wanting the vaccine. Maybe my
reasons make sense to you, maybe they don't. Whatever does makes sense
to you, hopefully we can still be friends. I for one think there's a lot
more that we have in common than what separates us.

  * We all want to live in a world of freedom.
  * We all want to do our part to help others and to live well.
  * We all want the right to express our opinions without fearing we'll
    be censored or viciously attacked.
  * We all deserve to have the access to the facts so we can make
    informed decisions.

Agree or disagree with me; I'll treat you no differently. You're a human
just as worthy of love and respect as anyone else. For that I salute
you, and I truly wish you all the best. I hope you found this helpful.
If so, feel free to share. If not, feel free to (kindly) let me know
what didn't make sense to you and I'd be happy to hear your thoughts
too. Stay curious and stay humble.