Fox News host Tucker Carlson used Tuesday’s news of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine hiatus to suggest to his viewers that the US government knows COVID-19 vaccines don’t work, but they “ don’t tell you that ”.
The Food and Drug Administration called for a halt to the rollout of J&J injections on Tuesday after six reported cases of what the agency called a “rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine.” The FDA, however, also pointed out that “these adverse events appear to be extremely rare” among the nearly seven million doses already administered.
The acting FDA commissioner said later Tuesday that they expected the break to last only “a few days,” noting that their goal was to give officials enough time to contact clinics and administrators. to discuss the diagnosis of other similar cases. Still, White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci was not so optimistic, saying it was “too premature” to say whether the J&J vaccine would be used even after the hiatus.
As health officials consider whether to exclude certain age groups if they resume the J&J vaccine – the six reported cases were in women aged 18 to 48 – they also reiterated that the break did will not affect the overall vaccine distribution, noting that J&J accounted for the “vast minority” of US doses. Johnson & Johnson, meanwhile, insisted there was no evidence his shot was the cause of the very rare cases of blood clots.
Skeptical of vaccines for months now, Carlson jumped on the alarming news Tuesday night, taking the opportunity to openly speculate that the White House and government agencies know vaccines are ineffective and dangerous, but are hiding that fact from the people. American.
Even though there is already empirical evidence that federally approved vaccines have been shown to be extremely effective in preventing serious infections and illnesses, and that countries like Israel have essentially been able to open up completely thanks to the successful vaccine delivery, Carlson used his “Just Ask Questions” test to undermine confidence in the vaccine.
“In its article on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this morning, Axios reported that the Biden administration was concerned that interrupting vaccine distribution would encourage ‘vaccine hesitation,'” Carlson said. “In other words, don’t tell them it’s dangerous, they might not take it. This does not reassure anyone.
Adding that this leads to the question of whether “it is effective” and “it works,” the Fox News star claimed that public health officials no longer “tell you how effective it is” and are, in fact, “they are.” tell you otherwise.
From there, Carlson appeared to suggest there must be a conspiracy behind the CDC director and Dr Fauci, suggesting that people continue to wear masks and social distancing even among those currently vaccinated, particularly in areas where coronavirus cases are increasing. He further disputed that Fauci recommends that vaccinated people stay away from crowded situations where infection levels are high.
“Does that tell us he thinks the vaccine is ineffective?” Carlson asked rhetorically. “He seems to think so. Here he tells you that once you have received the vaccine you are still not allowed to eat or drink indoors in restaurants. Your life can’t really change at all. “
According to the cable news host, which Fox News attorneys successfully argued in court should not be taken seriously, the only possible justification for experts’ continued caution amid the vaccine rollout is that the vaccines are missed.
“Experts say it’s not entirely clear when it will be considered acceptable for fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks,” he said. “At some point no one asks that but everyone should be, what is it? If vaccines work, why are vaccinated people still prohibited from leading normal lives? Honestly, what’s the answer to that, it just doesn’t make sense!
Carlson continued, “If the vaccine is working, there is no reason for people who have received a vaccine to wear masks or avoid physical contact. So maybe it doesn’t work and they just don’t tell you. Well, you wouldn’t like to think that, especially if you got two hits, but what’s the other potential explanation? We cannot think of just one.
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