The Anti Vaxxers Are Dropping Like Flies

The Corona virus doesn’t need any closer introduction and the talk now is mainly vaccinate or not vaccinate.

Anti Vaxxers main argument is that’s impossible to develop a vaccin this fast and we will “all die” of it. But the truth is that the world was able to develop COVID-19 vaccines so quickly because of years of previous research on related viruses and faster ways to manufacture vaccines, enormous funding that allowed firms to run multiple trials in parallel, and regulators moving more quickly than normal. Some of those factors might translate to other vaccine efforts, particularly speedier manufacturing platforms. But there’s no guarantee. To repeat such rapid success will require similar massive funding for development, which is likely to come only if there is a comparable sense of social and political urgency. It will depend, too, on the nature of the pathogen. With SARS-CoV-2, a virus that mutates relatively slowly and that happens to belong to a well-studied family, scientists might — strange as it sounds — have got lucky.

Twenty percent of U.S. adults think Covid vaccine is a secret microchipping program.

First we have the bright, soon to be brain surgeons 20% of the population who seriously thinks it’s a government program to microchip all its population.

One in five adults in the United States thinks the Covid vaccine contains microscopic tracking equipment, according to a poll The Economist and YouGov conducted to learn Americans’ thoughts about vaccine resistance. 

Those who reject vaccinations believe two negative theories about the effects of COVID-19 vaccines: half think it is likely that vaccines in general cause autism and that this vaccine in particular is being used by the government to microchip the population.  Most Americans reject these theories, but only minorities of those who oppose their vaccinations do.  Nearly one in three say they aren’t sure what to believe

This is why Tucker Carlson refused to answer Time reporter Charlotte Alter when she asked him if he’d been vaccinated. Carlson’s audience undoubted consists almost entirely of microchip truthers.

From Yahoo News:

When Alter asked him about his vaccination status at the end of a “meandering phone conversation” in June, she writes in a Carlson profile published Thursday, he replied: “Because I’m a polite person, I’m not going to ask you any supervulgar personal questions like that.” Alter told Carlson he was welcome to ask her whatever he wanted, she adds, and “he broke into a cackle, like a hyena let loose in Brooks Brothers. ‘I mean, are you serious? What’s your favorite sexual position and when did you last engage in it?'”

Source: YouGov/Economist

So lets talk about some individual examples lately …

Republican official who mocked COVID in final Facebook post dies of virus in Texas.

A leader of the Texas Republican Party, H. Scott Apley hopped on Facebook in May to post about a “mask burning” party 900 miles away in Cincinnati.

“I wished I lived in the area!” wrote H Scott Apley.

The month before, Apley had responded to what Baltimore’s former health commissioner was heralding as “great news” — clinical trials showed that the Pfizer vaccine was effective at fighting the coronavirus, including one of the recent variants, for at least six months.

“You are an absolute enemy of a free people,” Apley wrote in a Twitter reply.

And on Friday, the 45-year-old Dickinson City Council member republished a Facebook post implying that vaccines don’t work.

Two days later, Apley was admitted to a Galveston hospital with “pneumonia-like symptoms” and tested positive for coronavirus, according to an online fundraising campaign. He was sedated and put on a ventilator.

On Wednesday, he died, members of his county’s party announced on social media.

Patrick McGinnis, chairman of the Galveston County Republican Party, said in a statement that Apley’s death was a “tragedy … magnified by his youth, his young family especially his very young son.”

Apley’s wife and their son also tested positive for the virus. Neither had been hospitalized when Apley first went into the emergency room, according to the GoFundMe page.

In a little more than a day, the fundraising effort — which has since been updated to cover Apley’s funeral costs — raised more than $28,000 from over 300 donors. The man running the Apleys’ GoFundMe page and the Galveston County Republican Party didn’t respond to emails from The Washington Post late Wednesday.

Apley was elected to the Dickinson City Council in November after a failed campaign in 2019. He was also serving his first term on the Texas GOP’s State Republican Executive Committee.

McGinnis, who did not mention that Apley died of the coronavirus, remembered his colleague as “an advocate for liberty, limited government and the highest ideal of American Exceptionalism.”

Texas GOP Chairman Matt Rinaldi noted in a separate statement that Apley had “a long history of conservative political activism.”

On social media, Apley criticized the idea of businesses using vaccine passports. Supporters of such passports “are the same ones who were happy to see you shut down for a year because they were scared to leave their homes,” a man said on Facebook.

Apley piggybacked: “100 [percent] … right here!!”

When officials at the NRG Park Community Vaccination Center in Houston started offering goodies like NFL and Disney on Ice tickets to coax people into getting vaccinated, Apley posted a short, clear assessment to Facebook: “Disgusting.”

Apley is one of a growing number of highly publicized cases of people getting seriously ill or dying after railing against masks, bashing vaccines, playing down the gravity of the pandemic or merely being vaccine-hesitant.

Last month, a conservative talk-show host in Tennessee went to the emergency room after a coronavirus infection gave him pneumonia, The Post reported. Before getting sick, Phil Valentine had decided not to get vaccinated and used his radio show to frequently make fun of efforts to get more people inoculated.

An unvaccinated radio host is sick with covid. His family is ‘elated’ listeners are now getting the vaccine.

When he got sick, the radio host changed his mind, according to his brother, who said Valentine will use his show as a pro-vaccine platform when he gets back on air.

On Tuesday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said he regretted signing a bill into law in April that banned local officials from imposing mask mandates. He has called for a special legislative session to reevaluate the ban as coronavirus infections surge across the state once more.

Over and over, the same refrain from people sick with covid: I wish I’d gotten the vaccine

A doctor in Alabama, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, last month wrote a detailed Facebook post about how a lot of “young healthy people” were being admitted to the hospital “with very serious” covid infections.

“One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine,” Brytney Cobia wrote. “I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”

Source: The Washington Post

Rightwing radio host and anti-vaxxer dies of Covid

Dick Farley, a rightwing TV and radio host who was a vociferous critic of Dr Anthony Fauci and who urged his listeners not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has died after contracting the virus.

Dick Farrel, who had described Fauci as a “power-tripping, lying freak” who conspired with “power trip lib loons”, had urged people not to get vaccinated as recently as June.

He reportedly changed his opinion about vaccines after falling ill and later being admitted to hospital before passing away on 4 August aged 65. “He texted me and told me to ‘Get it!’ He told me this virus is no joke and he said, “I wish I had gotten [the vaccine]!” close friend Amy Leigh Hair wrote on Facebook.

Farrel, a native of Queens, New York, anchored radio shows in Florida and also acted as a stand-in anchor for the rightwing news outlet Newsmax, was described as a pioneer “shock talk” host.

His partner, Kit Farley, said: “He was known as the other Rush Limbaugh. With a heavy heart, I can only say this was so unexpected. He will be missed.”

Described as an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, Farrel went all-in on unsubstantiated 2020 election fraud conspiracy theories about election fraud and questioned the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines.

Hair told WPTV: “I was one of one the people like him who didn’t trust the vaccine. I trusted my immune system. I just became more afraid of getting Covid-19 than I was of any possible side effects of the vaccine. I’m glad I got vaccinated.”

Source: The Guardian

Phil Valentine, a radio host who scoffed at Covid, then urged his followers to get vaccinated, dies.

Phil Valentine, a prominent conservative radio host in Tennessee who refused to get vaccinated, then urged his followers to get a shot after being hospitalized with Covid-19, has died, his station said on Saturday.

Mr. Valentine scoffed at the need for vaccines, writing on his blog that his chances of dying from the virus, should he become infected, were “way less than one percent.”

He announced his Covid-19 diagnosis on July 11 and pledged to return to his show within a day or two.

“Unfortunately for the haters out there, it looks like I’m going to make it,” he wrote. “Interesting experience. I’ll have to fill you in when I come back on the air. I’m hoping that will be tomorrow, but I may take a day off just as a precaution.”

Less than two weeks later, his radio station, 99.7 WTN, announced that the Nashville host was hospitalized “in very serious condition, suffering from Covid pneumonia.” The statement said Mr. Valentine had had a change of heart and urged others to get a vaccine.

“What are my odds of getting Covid? They’re pretty low,” conservative talk radio host Phil Valentine wrote in December of last year. Putting his odds of dying should he contract the virus at “probably way less than one percent,” Valentine — a longtime fixture of Nashville airwaves — stressed that he was “not an anti-vaxxer. I’m just using common sense.”

“Phil would like for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘pro-vaccine,’ and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon,” the station said.

Some people responded to the announcement with words of support for Mr. Valentine, while others said he deserved to get sick.

On Saturday, the station announced on Twitter that Mr. Valentine had died, urging followers to “keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Source: New York Times

Unvaccinated 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, CDC study says

A study found that unvaccinated people in Los Angeles County were 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Tuesday also determined that unvaccinated people in the county were almost five times as likely to contract the coronavirus than fully vaccinated ones. 

The results back up that getting fully vaccinated can reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization, even as the delta variant dominates the U.S. ADVERTISEMENT

“These data remind us that if you are not vaccinated, you are among those highest at risk,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a Tuesday briefing. 

Still, the research also showed that vaccines are not perfect at preventing COVID-19 as breakthrough cases continue to emerge. 

The study, spanning May 1 to July 25, documented more than 43,000 COVID-19 infections in the county among residents aged 16 and older. About a quarter of these cases occurred among the fully vaccinated, 3.3 percent among the partially vaccinated and 71.4 percent among the unvaccinated. 

The effectiveness of the vaccine also has apparently slipped amid the delta variant. The data showed at the beginning of the study unvaccinated people were eight times as likely to contract COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated. That dropped to nearly five times as likely by July 25. 

But fully vaccinated people still appeared to avoid severe illness at a greater rate as lower percentages of them were hospitalized, admitted to an intensive care unit or needed mechanical ventilation, compared to unvaccinated people. 

“These infection and hospitalization rate data indicate that authorized vaccines were protective against SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19 during a period when transmission of the Delta variant was increasing,” the weekly report reads. 

The study was conducted in the weeks that delta overtook the U.S. and became the dominant strain in the country, including among fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated and unvaccinated people. 

Coronavirus vaccinations did rise within the time frame of the study, with 27 percent of Los Angeles County’s population being fully vaccinated on May 1, compared to 51 percent on July 25. 

The Biden administration has repeatedly said that the unvaccinated remain more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than vaccinated people. 

“Virtually all” COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the country are among unvaccinated people, President Biden said on Monday.

“Let me be clear: There are cases where vaccinated people do get COVID-19, but they are far less common than unvaccinated people getting COVID-19,” the president said during an address on the pandemic. “And most importantly, their conditions are far less severe.”

The study comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which the administration and experts hope sparks an uptick in vaccinations. 

Currently, 51.5 percent of the total U.S. population is fully vaccinated, while 60.3 percent of the eligible population aged 12 and older completed their vaccine regimen. 

Source: The Hill