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Mass Vaccine Backfire: Why One COVID Vaccine is Pulled and Not Others (Guest: Jane Orient, M.D.)

May 4, 2021

On April 12, after reports of blood clots in young women, federal agencies “paused” the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson and Johnson.

On April 12, after reports of blood clots in young women, federal agencies “paused” the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson and Johnson. Why have agencies ignored adverse reactions associated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines? Is the J and J shot being treated as a scapegoat? Also, are Americans being fully informed about the adverse reactions, and possible limitations to immunization?

Jane Orient, M.D. also discusses her concerns about distributing the vaccines, considered experimental, to people under age 18. Colleges are now mandating students to show proof of a COVID vaccine, even though people under age 40 have less than a one percent chance of dying from the virus. Americans may also be compelled to carry a “vaccine passport.” Why has this idea not surfaced with more deadly diseases? Orient also expresses concerns about the surge of non-U.S. citizens at the southern border. Very little is known about their immunization history. Why are U.S. citizens now being more heavily scrutinized for disease?

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.
amschieber@heartland.org @HCPolicy
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Jane M. Orient, M.D. is executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness.
janeorientmd@gmail.com @jorient