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Speaking to a House Hearing on Global COVID-19 Vaccinations Efforts earlier this month, Dr. Marty Makary, a leading expert on COVID-19 and public health researcher at Johns Hopkins University, pointed out that the federal government, despite spending $58 billion through the NIAID, NIH and CDC, had not done even one study on natural immunity vis-à-vis COVID-19.
Makary, who studied epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he received a Masters Degree in Public Health before serving on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for 16 years, also blasted the push for giving young people booster vaccines, saying, "We have a modern-day McCarthyism if somebody asks a question about boosters in young people."
Makary began by asserting, "I would like to personally ask you to consider new scientific data that tells us that some COVID policies have become too extreme, too rigid, and are no longer driven by clinical data. Take, for example, boosters in children who have already had COVID: when Pharma announced on Wednesday that they did a lab experiment that shows that boosters raise antibodies against Omicron without releasing the underlying scientific data, the CDC immediately urged everyone 16, and 17 years old to get a booster. Is this what we've come to? Pharma tells people what to do in a press release and the CDC just falls in line?"
"Meanwhile, Germany just reported that no healthy child five through 17 has ever died of COVID in the first 15 months of their pandemic, with nearly all of those children unvaccinated,"
he continued. "The CDC has never told us if any COVID deaths in children have been in healthy children. ... Now, I'm very pro-vaccine, I've been vaccinated, but we have a modern-day McCarthyism if somebody asks a question about boosters in young people. Remember, just 12 weeks ago, the FDA external experts voted against boosters for everybody by a 16-2 vote and for good reasons. But weeks after that vote the FDA made another internal push to ream through boosters for all, but this time they inexplicably did not convene their experts, their external experts; the CDC did the same."
Later Makary was questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and this exchange followed:
Jordan: Dr. Makary, what's the budget at CDC? Do you happen to know that?
Makary: It's about $9 billion, sir.
Jordan: How about at NIAID? What's the budget there?
Makary: $6 billion.
Jordan: $6 billion. $9 billion CDC, $6 billion NIAID. What about NIH? What's the budget there?
Makary: Between $42 billion and $43 billion.
Jordan: If I do the quick math, that's like $57, $58 billion. That's annual, right?
Jordan: Do you know how many people work at CDC?
Makary: 31,000 between CDC and NIH together, about 31,000 people.
Jordan: 31,000. What about if you add in NIAID? Do you know how many that is? They're part of NIH as well, right?
Makary: That's right. 31,000 people between CDC and NIH.
Jordan: 31,000 people spending $58 billion a year. Why hasn't our government done a study on natural immunity?
Makary: If I can be honest, Representative Jordan, I don't think they want to know the answer. It would undermine the indiscriminate vaccine, vaccine policy for every single human being including extremely low-risk people. ...
Jordan: "I saw in your opening statement that you're actually doing a study on natural immunity. Is that right?
Makary: That's right. With private funding, Johns Hopkins, my research team is doing a study.
Jordan: Other countries have done a study, is that correct?
Makary: Most of our learnings come from Israel and other countries. ... The Israel study is the largest study done worldwide and it found that natural immunity adjusted for age and co-morbidity is 27 times more effective than vaccinated immunity.
Jordan: The scientists in our government at CDC and NIH, they don't account for that; they don't talk about that; what do they say about that study?
Makary: They never talk about it unless asked, but I would say that they are doing worse than being absent on the topic; they are undermining natural immunity through two studies that the CDC did that are so flawed, that are so poorly put together - honestly, they would not qualify for a seventh-grade science fair.
Jordan: We can spend money, some of that $58 billion, and some of the resources at NIH and CDC, can be used to fund gain-of-function research and give a grant to eco-health, who then send some of that money to a lab in Wuhan, China, that's just fine, but we can't find any resources to deal with a fundamental question about natural immunity, so much so that you have to go out and get private funding to do it yourself. ... It's either they know the answer and don't want the American people to know or they do know the answer and are trying to hide it.
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