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  • Baron Lamarre


Updated: Dec 18, 2020

Watching the stock market this week, you wouldn’t be able to tell that the United States of America is in a middle of an economic depression and the worst health catastrophe in 100 years.

As investors cheered the Dow Jones Index (New York Stock Exchange) for reaching its highest level in history at 30,045.84 on 24th November 2020, regular folks buried their dead relatives, killed by COVID in the thousands.

Something is dangerously obvious: The White House has given up on containing the virus.” It is what it is” says Trump.

Outside the USA and across most of the technologically advanced nations in the world (UK, France, Canada, Italy etc), the story isn’t that different: Their leadership has failed to contain the coronavirus. Even after eight months of tinkering between prolonged half-hearted lockdowns of cities and political fights over mask-wearing, hospitals in these countries are filled to the brim.

Nonetheless, Government leaders together with their private sectors partners still maintain with a straight face that they have done all they could to save as many lives as possible.

They (Governments) insist that the only action left to save mankind from the deadly virus is to quickly produce a vaccine for mass distribution to 7 billion people.

The Vaccine-fueled stock market rally kicked off on November 9th 2020, when Pfizer and its partner BioNTech produced early data from trials of its vaccine candidate. Stock rally continued with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate announcement as the latter was reported to have achieved a 94.5% efficacy in a late-stage trial.

Unlike Pfizer’s vaccine which would need to be kept at extremely low temperatures (-70 Degree Celsius), Moderna claims that theirs could be stored only at -20 Celsius. Then, a third positive vaccine news announcement in as many weeks coming from another pharmaceutical alliance (the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca), did the job of pushing oil prices further up.

Speculators are beginning to hope that a vaccine rollout soon could help global oil demand to recover sooner than expected.

While the world awaits the medical benefits of a COVID-Vaccine, the super wealthy are already reaping the economic fruits of the vaccine frenzy (Corporate executives are cashing in on just mere announcements of vaccine candidates).

The issue is not whether one is for or against vaccines. They are part and parcel of modern medical tools. The utility of vaccines is well established. I have personally taken yellow fever vaccines while traveling in some central and Latin American countries. Countless diseases (such as Polio, Tetanus, Rubella etc), have been eradicated from the surface of the earth, thanks to vaccines.

The questions today are: Amongst all the tools we have at our disposal, are vaccinations the best solution to fight the coronavirus? Should a vaccine (even it’s found to be effective), be made mandatory for 7 billion people (including young, old, sick, healthy etc.)?

The rush to bring out a COVID-vaccine to the market in the shortest time possible is raising too many red flags that can’t be ignored.


Let’s be brutally honest: COVID-19 is a vicious killing machine.

According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University, COVID-19 has killed 1,451,131 worldwide out of 62,216,767 as of 29th November 2020. A total of 1.4 million deaths from one disease in less than a year is a huge deal and cannot be minimized in any way or shape.

However, statistically, it also represents about 2.33% of case fatality. In other words, 97.66 % of people who catch COVID recover.

Obviously, they've beaten the virus without the vaccine.

One of these survivors are the current US Presidential couple, the UK Prime Minister and the Brazilian President (just to name a few). There is very little media attention given to what medications they have used to defeat the virus.

While the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was proud to publicly flaunt Hydroxychloroquine in late July 2020 as the pill which cured him of COVID-19, that medicine was being discredited by the mainstream media.

Donald Trump and company were unusually secretive about what medication actually treated his coronavirus infection. The media would only mention that it was an experimental medication (not available to the public).

Doctors & patients around the world (In China, Middle East, Africa etc), have used multiple strategies to effectively neutralize the coronavirus.

These other countries have used a holistic approach focusing on building overall body immunity and lung strength to deal with highly contagious viral infections (not just coronavirus) and respiratory diseases.

Others have embarked on a more aggressive frontal attack on the virus with heat inhalation therapy, Hydroxychloroquine medication and warm vinegar.

While most of us probably know someone, who has survived COVID-19 there is very little global effort to collect, consolidate and share the best COVID treatment or anti-viral solutions that we know and has already saved more 97% of COVID patients.

The only thing that’s being heavily promoted as a silver bullet against this virus isa vaccination. Politicians from the left and right are singing the same tune:

“A vaccine is the light at the end of the Tunnel”. They (politicians) are only debating trivial questions like: when will it reach the masses? how to transport it? How to store it and distribute it efficiently?

Few brave experts like Professor Didier Raoult, the French physician and microbiologist who specializes in infectious diseases and teaches infectious diseases at the Faculty of Medicine of Aix-Marseille University are being silenced for questioning the premise of advocating Vaccine as the best solution. Even Dr Fauci support for vaccines comes with a disclaimer: It must be safe and thoroughly tested.

The fact that scientists have been trying to find a vaccine for HIV vaccine unsuccessfully for the last 40 years proves that the speed to develop a safe vaccine is largely unknowable. Hence putting all our eggs in the vaccine basket is hubris at best and suspicious at worse.


There are simple Medical questions that are yet to be answered such as:

  • How long will immunity last?

Vaccine producers did not release any safety information. To date, no serious side effects have been revealed, as most tend to occur within six weeks of vaccination. Hence the question of vaccine longevity doesn’t have an answer yet.

Michael Kinch, a drug development expert and associate vice chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis said “The key question still centers upon time… Will time tell us that the protection remains useful for the larger population?”

There are expectations that some vaccines may require at least two shots in a year to be effective. This would imply taking one shot every 6 months.

However , vaccine manufacturers are not saying vaccine immunity would definitely last 4-6 months.

Furthermore there have been no peer-reviewed data on immunity duration.

  • Does the vaccine prevent infection?

Many medical experts I talk to, concur that assessing whether a vaccine prevents infection (rather than the development of disease) is particularly challenging to study in humans, partly for ethical reasons. But to work out if the vaccine prevents infection, Experts said that researchers would ideally vaccinate people and then deliberately expose them to the virus to see if they get infected, even if they don't develop symptoms.

According to Dr Kylie Quinn, vaccine expert at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, these trials, known as human challenge trials, are usually only performed when a specific treatment (for whatever disease you're trying to prevent) is available, which we don't yet have for COVID-19.

  • Does a vaccine prevent transmission?

Experts caution that it's hard to say at this point whether either of these vaccines are impacting infection rates and how they're impacting the likelihood of someone who is vaccinated transmitting the infection onto other people.

Dr Quinn said that there are examples of other vaccines where people can be vaccinated but still spread a disease to others. "There is a concern, for example, with the whooping cough vaccine," she said. One possible explanation she said, is that the new vaccine is effective at preventing disease, but that the bacteria that causes whooping cough may still be able to "live in our systems".


Author: Baron Lamarre

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