Big Pharma Has Its Teeth in Our Privileged Selves

Big Pharma Has Its Teeth in Our Privileged Selves

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

I live in a wealthy country that is fighting over COVID-19 vaccine mandates. 

There is tremendous division around this issue which only grew worse when the administration announced that vaccines would be mandated for all federal workers, federal contractors, and businesses with more than 100 employees. The sweeping mandates even include remote contractors whose only coworker might be a dog, a frog, or a houseplant. Workers who refuse to comply will be fired. In the last couple of weeks, we have heard stories of people leaving their jobs because of the mandates, including qualified healthcare workers. This has led to fear of staff shortages, an ongoing issue made worse by the pandemic, and many have questioned the judgment of letting qualified healthcare workers go when cases could spike again. Imagine HR having to make that phone call? “Hey (insert name here), sorry we kicked you to the curb. We meant what we said at the beginning of the pandemic…that you’re all heroes. Please come back, Hero…, PLEASE?”  Good luck with that.

Bus drivers quit or were fired because of vaccine mandates, leaving thousands of kids without rides to school. The Chicago School District started paying parents to find their kids’ a way to school while promising to look into Uber or Lyft as an alternative. For starters, making it more difficult for kids to get to school is probably the least public-health thing one can do. Many kids rely on schools for education, friends, and meals. Also, Uber isn’t making their drivers get vaccinated, so what version of logic is one using when one fires bus drivers for being unvaccinated and plans on replacing them with Uber drivers who are not required to be vaccinated? Is there evidence for unvaccinated Uber drivers being unable to transmit to school kids? If so, that’s some kind of magic.

Some employers, like Louisiana’s largest healthcare system, are not only making their employees get vaccinated, but adding a surcharge if spouses remain unvaccinated. Fortunately, they didn’t add a surcharge for spouses with obesity, the biggest modifiable risk factor for severe COVID disease, hospitalizations, and death, but could you imagine if they did? There would be a lot of punched faces at office parties, and that explosion you just heard? That was the PC police losing their heads. 

We aren’t just fighting over vaccine mandates for adults, we are also tearing each other’s hair out over kid mandates. Just recently, the governor of California tweeted that vaccines WILL be mandated for kids in California WHEN the FDA approves it. It was a very confident tweet considering only one vaccine is authorized for emergency use in kids over twelve, and Pfizer just submitted an emergency use application for use of the vaccine in kids between five and eleven. It reminded me of when another politician, the President, told Americans in August that boosters would be available for everyone at the end of September. He did that before the FDA reviewed the evidence. I don’t know, but in a world where drug companies are the most powerful lobbyists in DC and have enormous control over our government, perhaps it’s more prudent for politicians to hold off on announcing mandates before the FDA does its job. People already don’t trust the FDA, CDC…basically any health organization with a three-letter acronym. They believe these organizations have been “captured” by Big Pharma, so maybe don’t do stuff (such as announce mandates in low-risk groups before regulators look at the data) that will only increase their level of distrust. Then again, sometimes the FDA approves a drug even when their statisticians and external advisory committee say the evidence doesn’t justify approval, as was the case with Biogen’s drug for Alzheimer’s, Aduhelm. At the end of the day, science should inform policy. Politics should only inform science if the politicians and government agencies have been captured by companies whose number one interest is making science as profitable as possible. Ahem.

In ‘merica, and other rich spots across the globe, we’re also fighting over vaccine passports. In New York City, people can’t enter a bar, restaurant, gym, or theatre unless they show the guy or gal at the door their vaccine card. The most intriguing thing about NYC’s vaccine passport policy is that it only requires 1 dose of a vaccine, and it doesn’t matter when a person got it. For instance, folks could wake up one day, head to the drug store for their first shot of an mRNA vaccine, and then that same night, head to the bar. Since they have 1 dose, and it’s documented on an official piece of paper, they’d have no problem getting inside. In addition, no one is enforcing any sort of mask rule, even though we know that partially- and fully- vaccinated people can still easily transmit the Delta variant if they get infected. Once in the bar, they can drink their faces off, make out with the bartender, make out with whoever, puke on their way to the bathroom…even sleep on the floor if they want. Our fearless city leaders have made it clear that vaccine passports are about protecting people, but there’s a glaring Catch-22. The CDC has made it clear that someone isn’t considered fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of an mRNA vaccine or 2 weeks after 1 dose of the J&J vaccine. One could create a superspreader event with how they are currently enforcing the NYC vaccine passport policy, especially if folks let their guard down and party like it’s pre-COVID times.

There’s also a problem with fake vaccine cards, which I’ve come to learn are easy to get. While they are illegal, my feeling is that there are a lot of them out there. But is that really shocking? I mean, the printing press was invented in the 1400s, the art of forgery has come a long way, baby, and a lot of people don’t want to get vaccinated. The most amusing thing I’ve seen is people purchasing fake vaccine cards from someone who can’t spell. The forger spelled “Moderna” as “Maderna” and as a result, people are getting caught and possibly facing jail time. Where are those annoying Spelling Police when you need them? 

We’re fighting over mandates…vaccine passports…but the epitome of our privilege is the fight over boosters. We’re arguing over who should get boosters and who shouldn’t. While experts agree that the over-65 crowd should get boosters because of waning vaccine-induced immunity, the vaccine’s reduced effectiveness against Delta and their high-risk age group, there’s an argument over who in the younger age groups should get them. At the end of the day, the CDC and FDA said that younger people with underlying health conditions and those who have jobs that put them at increased risk MAY get a booster, at least from Pfizer. I love that word MAY. It’s very different from SHOULD, you know.  MAY leaves it up to the people, so in many cases, someone is mandated to get the vaccine but MAY get a booster. MAY also gives our regulators some wiggle room if something turns out to be unsafe with the boosters. “I said MAY, not SHOULD. It’s your fault, Jim!”  

But seriously, while I applaud our regulators for at least valuing personal choice when it comes to boosters, how is the average person supposed to know what to do? I was talking to Gary, a fully vaccinated, young guy who works as a bartender, someone exposed to lots of saliva, sweat, breakup tears, and Irish blood, and he wasn’t sure if he was going to get a booster. He was concerned about its safety. He asked me what the regulators said to do, and I said, “They said you MAY get it, Gary. And the usual, please.”  Gary’s a guy who is always hammered and barely washes his socks, but we’re going to let him decide if the booster shot is safe for him. Okay then.

Despite the confusion from the top, a lot of people across ‘merica are getting boosters. I saw a report that the pace of booster shots is outpacing folks getting their first or second dose. I wonder who is going to be afraid of who in that situation. The unvaccinated are always “chill” but how many boosters will it take for the vaccinated to stop being terrified of the unvaccinated? And will the boosted be afraid of the un-boosted? 

The thing that kills me the most about our fight over boosters is that less than 1% of people in low-income countries are vaccinated. That means their highest-risk populations, elderly people and people with obesity, aren’t vaccinated for COVID-19. They don’t even have access to the vaccines. Meanwhile, Americans are busy defending their mandate positions with memes on Instagram and Twitter. We’re busy labeling each other as “Antivaxxer” or “Corporate Shill” because there is obviously nothing in between. We’re fighting over vaccine passports that don’t make scientific sense and arguing over whether kids at a private school should wear masks, get vaccinated, and put protective covers on their trumpets and flutes during their private music lessons. We’re behaving like rabid hyenas towards each other, but do you know what we’re not doing? We’re not calling out Big Pharma.

Big Pharma loves that we are fighting with each other because it is distracting us from the bigger picture. It’s causing us to lose sight of the forest for the trees. C’mon, people! COVID-19 is a global virus. If it gets inside someone in South America, India, Africa, etc., who then decides to hop on a plane or a boat to America, COVID comes with that person. Ironically, COVID doesn’t need a passport to cross oceans, it just does, and it can do it fast. If low-income or low-to-middle income countries can’t get ahead of COVID-19 and their people continue to get infected and sick, the global spread will continue, and new variants will form. It’s trendy to blame the unvaccinated in America for the vaccine’s reduced effectiveness, but that’s silly. Big Pharma, doctors paid by Big Pharma, and certain politicians want you to blame the Redneck devouring disinfectant behind his double-wide, but it’s not his fault. Liberals won’t like this, but he didn’t create the Delta variant. Delta came from India. Mu? Lambda? They came from South America. My point is that rich countries can’t get ahead of COVID-19 unless they help poor countries get ahead of it. And while we should want to help them because it’s the right thing to do, lots of people don’t think that way. Lots of people are narcissists and only care about themselves, so that’s why you must show them how helping poor countries helps them.

But what is Big Pharma’s role in all of this? Why should we take a break from bashing each other and start calling out the vaccine makers? Because they are putting profit before people and as a result, will prolong the pandemic.

As I said before, less than 1% of people in poor nations are vaccinated. Less than 10% of people are vaccinated in low-to-middle income countries. According to a report by Amnesty International, companies have sent less than .3% of their total vaccine supply to poor countries. Meanwhile, Pfizer and BioNTech are predicted to bring in 86 billion in revenue from COVID vaccines and Moderna is predicted to bring in 47 billion. Pfizer and BioNTech are predicted to bring in 26 billion from boosters alone in the next year, while Moderna will likely bring in 14 billion. The WHO has begged rich countries to slow down with the boosters until other countries get a chance at first doses for their most vulnerable, but the rich countries aren’t listening. There have been calls for the drug companies to share their intellectual property and allow for other countries to manufacture the vaccines, but so far, they’ve resisted. They’ve resisted, even though our current leaders initially said they support intellectual property waivers. But does it even matter what our elected officials say? In 2021, drug companies already spent 171 million on lobbying in DC. They spent 309 million in 2020…, so it’s not like they don’t control our government like a puppet.

Speaking of lobbyists, one of the largest drug company lobbying firms, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers (PhRMA) posted results of a survey that concluded that most Americans were against intellectual property waivers. The trick here is to look at the questions they asked. For example, they asked Americans if poor countries should be allowed to manufacture vaccines if the vaccines would be less safe and of poorer quality. Of course, Americans answered NO to those questions. It’s like asking people if they’d support a new pizza shop coming to town if there was a chance that some slices of pizza could contain cyanide. The survey might have looked differently if they asked questions like, “would you support vaccines being made in other countries if you knew that it would help vaccinate the most vulnerable people in the world?” or “would you support poor countries making vaccines if it would help end the pandemic for all of us?” Methods, my dears, methods. The methods are the most important part of any survey or any study, not the conclusion.

One might laugh over Big Pharma’s sudden and great concern over safety and quality issues when it comes to offshore drug manufacturers. Seventy-five to eighty percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients in FDA-approved drugs are sourced in 150 countries. That’s right, just like our clothes, socks, phones, gadgets (okay, everything) are made in some other country, our drugs are too. Do the drug companies expect us to believe that the FDA can monitor all those manufacturers in all those countries? You might remember that there have been some big recalls over drugs made in China and India that were contaminated with cancer-causing agents, NDMA and NDEA. Valsartan and irbesartan, two popular FDA-approved blood pressure medications, were recalled in 2018. Zantac and Nizatidine, heartburn medications, were recalled in 2019, and several companies had to recall Metformin, a popular drug for Type-2 Diabetes, in 2020. With all these recalls and issues with quality control, why do drug companies prefer off-shore manufacturing? It’s to save money. It’s cheap. So this idea that they all of a sudden have grave concerns over quality control when it comes to other countries making vaccines is as bogus as their claim that lowering drug prices will hurt innovation when we know all about their patent thickets and how much they spend on lobbying and marketing. Also, India is already a dynamite vaccine maker. Its Serum Institute is the largest vaccine producer by volume, and India provides most of the vaccines to the developing world. The notion that America and a handful of other wealthy nations are the only countries that can do science is snobbery. The idea that there are no smart people in poor countries who can figure out how to make vaccines is as ludicrous as saying that there are no dumb people in rich countries. It’s, again, a way to distract us from pointing out that Big Pharma is interested in one thing: big profits. Even Russia, though its vaccine has not been authorized by the WHO, has licensed its vaccine to 34 manufacturers in India and Brazil. That’s more than the US companies can say! US companies and their spokesmodels are more focused on fueling our vaccine fights, so we don’t notice how they are prolonging the pandemic. They are more concerned with getting boosters to rich countries so they can stick them in the arms of people who MAY need them. Meanwhile, nothing substantial will get to the most vulnerable in poor countries, and Big Pharma will laugh all the way to the bank.

Big Pharma has us. It has us good. It has our privileged selves between its teeth and…  I’m not sure if we’re aware enough or wise enough to figure out how to break free.

Responses

  1. “Big Pharma loves that we are fighting with each other because it is distracting us from the bigger picture.”
    You had me until you wrote the above statement. To me the bigger picture is the fact that the Genetic Based Therapy shot is ineffective which is why millions in the US will not get it. All the shots have caused a myriad of adverse effects and deaths that the government will not acknowledge. The issue that poorer countries are not getting access to the shot is not or can’t manufacture it I believe is not a fluke but by design. After all, one of the persons who is behind this entire manufactured health crisis is a well know eugenicist-Bill Gates. That’s a big Elephant in the room. There are multiple elephants in the room and one people overlook is Event 21-A Global Pandemic Event Exercise: https://centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/. This was a tabletop exercise akin to military tabletop exercise in war time. It took place October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. There are reports that the WH, under trump was notified in November 2019 that there was a health emergency occurring in China that has disrupted day to day activities. Coincidental timing?

    The government regulatory agencies were captured by Pharma decades ago as exposed by a statement from Dr. Herbert Ley, Former FDA commissioner.
    -After three long years of running the FDA in the late 1960s, former commissioner Herbert Ley resigned in utter frustration. The San Francisco Chronicle immediately interviewed him and asked why he quit, to which he replied with the following quote.
    “The FDA protects the big drug companies, and is subsequently rewarded, and using the government’s police powers, they attack those who threaten the big drug companies. People think that the FDA is protecting them. It isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as day and night.”
    That was nearly 70 years ago, and things haven’t changed much since. In a Wall Street Journal article of 2006, reporter Anna Wilde-Mathews mirrored Dr. Ley’s disapproval of the FDA and went a few steps further.
    “Regulators usually don’t negotiate their budgets with the industries they oversee… For most of its history, the FDA was funded entirely by Congress. But in the early 1990s, companies unhappy with the pace of drug approvals agreed to pay the FDA millions of dollars in annual fees to help speed its performance. Because the industry and the agency renegotiate every five years over the size of fees – and what they can be used for – drug makers can have considerable input, into which programs receive funding.”
    “Each time the arrangement has been renewed; the FDA has gained new funding. In return, industry has wrung concessions. In the 1997 deal, the review time for a standard application dropped from 12 months to 10 months. In 2002, the FDA agreed to a number of changes, including a new deadline for how fast the agency would respond to companies’ requests for meetings about their drug applications.”
    People think that the FDA is funded by the government, our tax dollars but when it comes to new drugs the FDA funding for the research is funded by…PHARMA.

    The Biopharmaceutical Industry Provides 75% Of The FDA’s Drug Review Budget. Is This A Problem?-https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnlamattina/2018/06/28/the-biopharmaceutical-industry-provides-75-of-the-fdas-drug-review-budget-is-this-a-problem/?sh=17b063a549ec.

    Herein lies the problem. I believe as many that there is a blueprint for this entire generated pandemic. Everything has been planned out and pushed by the WEF and Karl Schwab: COVID-19: The Great Reset by Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret.

    Ask yourself, why has the FDA approved a shot that began waning 2 months after injection and in less than 6 months after injection effectiveness in 39% & boosters that had not been tested are being pushed when by the FDA owns regulations for a vax to be approved it had to be minimum 50% effective?

    What’s the buzz word used by politicians around the world: BUILD BACK BETTER. Guess where that little diddy came from .

  2. Such a sad piece, but you had me in stitches!! Thank you. This is the first time I laughed that hard since being let go. I’m a healthcare worker from New York that was suspended due to vaccine requirements. I refuse a jab afer having had COVID-19 in March of 2020, mild case, and having to work thru the pandemic. I had been called 3 times to reconsider and take the jab so I can return to work. I have to admit that Corporate has been very upset at having to follow this mandate, but after researching the issue I just think If I comply it’s just to buy me some time. Who knows what mandate will come next!

    1. Renee, always happy to elicit a good laugh when it’s needed! I kind of wish I went into comedy full time. 😉
      I’m sorry you lost your job over the mandates. It doesn’t make sense to me why New York would choose to let qualified healthcare workers go, given the uncertainty of another wave, etc. I’m hoping you soon find something that is fulfilling and a place of work where you feel valued.

  3. That was some read, thank you for taking the time! It’s a complicated issue, to be sure, and a very real shame that public health has been sacrificed for political gain. The trickle down effect from ‘Brandon’s’ ‘requirements’ are having, and will have, unintended consequences. (I gather they are unintended, at least.) We have lost 4.3 million workers in August alone, (when we were advised not to be surprised if we heard that some tens, or maybe hundreds of people could be let go). There are already supply chain issues as a result (remember folks, airlines carry far more than people) with some companies such as Walmart hiring their own freight and cargo for their exclusive use (which has or will undoubtedly increase prices). Fewer goods, higher prices, reduced consumer spending, all entangled with these unscientific ‘requirements’. The National Guard called in to test school children in N.Y…

    It goes on and on and on.

  4. And the mRNA vaccine side effects will ramp up this fall and winter. Already, I’m seeing friends in their 70s and 80s suffering strokes, memory loss, and worse. No indication or health concerns in these areas before either. They all were Pfizer vaccinated in February and March 2021. Am heart broken to see people who have always done their best to be “good citizens” and now seeing that trust exploited by Big Pharma and our government is wrenching. “Medicine for profit” as the primary goal is destroying our trust in our health care agencies as well as our government leaders.
    Gene editing medicines are not fully tested and the long term effects of these treatments will continue to wreak havoc in the bodies of the young and old.

  5. Thank you for the thoughtful and clear direction in this article. It sheds light on the topics of drug manufacturing and distribution. We have virtually no resources to check the efficacy of most generic drugs or supplements flying off the shelves, or the glaring rush of ignorance pushing a vaccine that must be stored in freezing temperatures, and then warmed before injection. Now that we know we can’t trust the FDA or the CDC to protect our health and safety, we must be informed and outspoken about issues that concern our personal health and well being. Some Americans may be wealthy, but most are not. Most push through a work day and try to keep the lights on and food on the table. For years they have trusted doctors and health care systems to keep them safe and provide service and pharmaceuticals as needed. They could pay taxes and trust that the money would be wisely spent so they could live their lives and enjoy the best health possible. Now it’s important to emphasize that it is America, and the people should be sovereign as designed by our founding fathers. It’s a sad reality that we can’t trust our elected officials and must speak out and question everything. Big pharma is living large on our dime, and the only way to stop the money grab is to speak out. This means demanding clear information on legislation and holding leaders to a higher standard. It is ridiculous that Fauci is allowed to intimidate the people who employ him. Never has it taken more the 3 months to determine a virus origin and explain it clearly to the public. It is criminal to withhold treatment protocols and deny the dignity of the scientists who brought Ivermectin to the world, and those who are so caring and so invested in getting knowledge and care to the public. How many lives have been sacrificed for such self serving executives and politicians? It tears my heart open to know that my bright and beautiful mother is among so many others who could have been helped with early treatment. My father was a small town physician who served and cared for the people he loved. He was trusted. My brother is also a family practice physician who has been the workhorse of a large system, and completely shut down by even exploring other treatment options. It is beyond belief that doctors with more than ten years of education are servants of administrators with four or five, and none of which include patient care. Drugs are useful and necessary, but historically it has been the doctor and patient who get to determine personal health care decisions. Executives with billions of dollars now at their fingertips are creating a market for a product through fear and force. The question of validity of a virus vaccine has not been answered by the FDA. It should be clearly explained and understood the risks of this new and experimental drug are unknown for the long term, and that no one is liable for any ill effects( or death). Wow, what a deal. I did not think when I got my polio vaccine as a kid that I might get polio, or worse. I stand in awe at the science and the miracles of medicine, but it is unnerving to think I just have to stand in line for a jab and keep my fingers crossed and eyes closed. I rather go into space with Bezos or Musk, but I couldn’t afford it. The vaccine is free…..right???

  6. Yes call out Big Pharma – but not on vaccine manufacture and distribution, but on the suppression and denigration of ivermectin which renders their vaccine mostly redundant

  7. WHY is anyone getting shots for a statistically 100% survivable lab created disease, anyway? CDC director Walensky admits Covid deaths inflated, 6% of all deaths attributed to COVID-19 were Covid only: https://citizenwells.com/2021/05/17/cdc-director-walensky-admits-covid-deaths-inflated-6-of-all-deaths-attributed-to-covid-19-were-covid-only-94-percent-had-2-to-3-serious-ailments-and-were-mostly-aged/
    That figure has been dropped to 5%. That means that those inflated Johns Hopkins numbers are actually about 42,000now, and a closer investigative will show that remdesivir kills 50% of those treated with it, ventilation – usually unnecessary if use high flow O2, and where hospital CEOs and administrators don’t interfere with treatment, dexamethasone and Ivermectin protocols have even pulled 80-100+ year olds out of comas then home within 2-5 days.
    Even the CDC is having to admit (although without their spokespersons breaking stride on “shots for everyone are safe and effective!”) that “breakthrough” infections are causing most of the hospitalizations, that the shots don’t stop infections or transmission, and that the disease is very survivable. I was badly hammered with it in early June 2020 after a short surgery stay in a hospital (during the go home and don’t come in until you turn blue, and we have no idea what we’d do for you anyway if you do come in, so we’d rather you don’t phase), but I would not recommend getting a “not a vaccine” to anyone. The oh gee, right now you just need proof of one shot given sometime, so no big deal living with “vaccine passports” you can still go do a lot of pre-covid stuff downtown now, and sure get a “booster” if you want theme of this article is dumbed down facile. This is very serious business; accepting and qualifying for a “vaccine passport” is an irreversible step onto the slippery slope of increased totalitarian control is no light matter. It’s not going to be okay. Then there’s the feral elephants in the waiting rooms, hospitals, institutions, workplaces, homes – the mortality and grave morbidity time bombs ticking that we are beginning to see the signs of. Daily, the vaccinated are reaching the tipping points in their immune systems unhappily predicted by Classon, Bhakdi, Yeadon, Montagnier, Yan, Hoffe, Lawrie, Burkhardt, Vliet, Risch, Merritt, Bridle, Malone, McCullough and tens of thousands of other doctors and scientists, where they experience increasing rates of ADE, cancers, heart, lung and brain damage, strokes, neurological deficits, blindness, Parkinson’s, auto-immune syndromes and other issues at rates far above the average occurrences in the population.

  8. Great comments all. As a low income person, I can only envision one way to affect big pharma myself, that is to never use their products. Never. For every pill there is a plant or 2 or 3 that addresses the same issues. Herbalism is not that hard to learn. Laughable, I know, but I have found that plant medicines and especially the ones I can make myself (simple things, fresh sage tea, birch twig tincture, lemon balm tincture) seem to do me more good than those sad little pills.
    If the time comes where I am told its pills or I will die, guess which one I’m gonna choose? They hold such power over us if we feel we have no alternatives. They are the new kid on the block, the plants have been around a bit longer. One excellent book is Buhners Sacred Herbal Healing Beers, find it used or at the library.

    1. I am with you! When anyone in my family is sick, my go-to is always some sort of homeopathic remedy. To ward off the flu, I make my own fire cider. I have not been to a doctor in 11 years, and have never felt better. I switched to a plant-based diet 7 years ago as did my husband. He saved himself from orthopedic surgery for a torn rotator cuff by going vegan.

      1. Homeopathics do also rock, there are some but very few contraindications. I think the deep work they do can be very restorative, I have found and seen personally. Here is a paper on Homeopathics treating Covid-https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/517924
        rock on luminous firecider sister….
        humor note; I just realized my icon image is of corn tassles, with a star behind, so I am
        a cornstar, perhaps CornStar. best-jackie

    2. Herbal remedies are great, no doubt there, but I was concerned that I was always still treating symptoms like big pharma does. By adding breathwork (Wim Hof, and James Nestor’s book – Breath), also – Organic diet- preservative and chemical-free (without getting too anal about it), yoga, meditation, Ice baths, and something I didn’t seek but found I was actually doing, something that just developed – I didn’t know how to explain it, then I found it has a name ie Neurophysiological Self-Control of Your Autonomic Nervous System. I’ve never been healthier more focussed, energetic, stronger, happier and that is saying something considering I’m 68yo

  9. Not just Big Pharma. We’ve had corporate capture of our government, our regulatory agencies, most of our elected officials (of both parties), our media, our defense, our health care, our economic and our education systems to name a few. Any government institution that some corporate sociopath can make $$$ from no longer belongs to or works for U.S. citizens.

    This pandemic seems to me like a “Hurricane Katrina” – but for all of America, not just for the poor souls in New Orleans who could have been saved if our emergency procedures had been in place and not compromised by corruption and incomptence. None of this is the country that I remember growing up in.

    But this pandemic may be waking the sleeping public up at last. And it’s always possible that we may finally get the changes that we need. Seems like things have to go to the bottom before they can start getting better. Hate to be overly optimistic but I’m 75 (and waiting for a real vaccine that works or IVM) and I’m not giving up.

    TrialSiteNews – you have all been some of the few but growing sources that have helped keep me sane during this pandemic. I’m sure many others will agree with that.

    THANK YOU all for what you are doing.

      1. Yes, I watch your interviews and truly appreciate what you’re doing. Today, there is a walkout of schools statewide in CA for the mandate our governor is imposing. Please send Dr. Malone to his office! Also, in your recent interview with him about the Rome Declaration, I was interested to hear more about the Summit, how the POTUS apparently held his own summit at the same time (or at least clogged the internet searches with one, so I couldn’t find the one in Rome), what the next steps are after the Summit, and what the best actions to take are (since he said to not go the legal route). I have lots more, but I’ll stop there for now. Thanks again and best of luck staying the course of protecting voices and choices.

  10. Scary new world we live in … It disturbs me that worldwide governments are singing from the same song book , even the same wording , as if it’s from PR release..we don’t need to make up conspiracy theories they are doing it for us .
    From lockdown capital of the world …Melbourne

    1. How very true! We are daily fed the same narrative from our authorities and media and whoever dares to express doubt or disbelief is declared “antivaxxer” and antisocial. Our Government is daily imposing ever new obstacles to make the life of those who do not consent to taking the vaccine miserable.
      From the other side of the planet… (Slovenia)