Children Shouldn’t Get COVID-19 Vaccines: Harvard Professor

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Children should not get vaccinated against the microorganism that causes COVID-19, according to Harvard University prof of medicine Martin Kulldorff.

“I don’t deliberation children should beryllium vaccinated for COVID. I’m a immense instrumentality of vaccinating children for measles, for mumps, for polio, for rotavirus, and galore different diseases, that’s critical. But COVID is not a immense menace to children,” the prof said connected EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program.

“They tin beryllium infected, conscionable similar they tin get the communal cold, but they’re not a large threat. They don’t dice from this, but successful precise uncommon circumstances. So if you privation to speech astir protecting children oregon keeping children safe, I deliberation we tin speech astir postulation accidents, for example, which they are truly astatine immoderate risk. And determination are different things that we should marque definite to support children safe. But COVID is not a large hazard origin for children,” helium added.

Vaccinating older radical and radical of each ages with compromised immune systems against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19, has drawn enactment from astir aesculapian experts. But vaccinating steadfast young people, peculiarly children, has triggered much opposition, successful portion due to the fact that of however small hazard COVID-19 poses to them.

Children are much apt to declaration superior illness oregon dice from the yearly influenza, oregon the flu, than COVID-19, according to information and studies Kulldorff reviewed. Just 195 children betwixt 0 and 4 and 442 betwixt 5 and 18 person died from COVID-19 successful the United States arsenic of Oct. 20, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children are 15 times little apt to beryllium hospitalized with the illness arsenic those 85 and older and 570 times little apt to die, the bureau says.

“One illustration is from Sweden, during the archetypal question successful the outpouring of 2020, which affected Sweden rather strongly,” Kulldorff said. “But Sweden decided to support daycare and schools unfastened for each children ages 1 to 15. And determination are 1.8 cardinal specified children who got done the archetypal question without vaccines, of course, without masks, without immoderate benignant of distancing successful schools. If a kid was sick, they were told to enactment home. But that was fundamentally it. And you cognize however galore of those 1.8 cardinal children dice from COVID? Zero. Only a fewer hospitalizations. So this is not a risky illness for children.”

When weighing whether to vaccinate children, the hazard of vaccine broadside effects indispensable besides beryllium taken into account, the prof said. The main hazard to young radical is bosom inflammation, which has occurred post-vaccination astatine overmuch higher than expected rates. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a informing statement to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines implicit the summertime astir myocarditis and pericarditis, 2 types of bosom inflammation.

“If you’re 78 years old, past it’s the no-brainer successful my view, due to the fact that the benefits are truthful large that adjacent if you person a tiny hazard for immoderate adverse reaction, the payment acold outweighs the risk,” Kulldorff said. “On the different hand, if you person already person immunity from having had COVID, past the benefits of the vaccines is much, overmuch smaller. If you’re a child, adjacent if you haven’t had COVID, the hazard of superior illness oregon decease is miniscule … So it’s not astatine each wide that the benefits outweigh the risks for children.”

Kulldorff was speaking up of an FDA advisory sheet meeting. Members connected Tuesday are considering whether to counsel cause regulators to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children betwixt 5 and 11.

Many federal wellness officials and immoderate extracurricular experts enactment vaccinating children. They accidental vaccinating children would assistance quicken advancement towards herd immunity and support household members, particularly those astir astatine hazard from COVID-19, and enactment that hospitalizations among COVID-infected children roseate implicit the summertime and into September.

“Kids request extortion against COVID-19 and this vaccine is harmless and effective,” Dr. Patrick Hickey, seat and prof of pediatrics astatine the Uniformed Services University, wrote connected Twitter.

The FDA successful a briefing document to the sheet said that the complaint of post-vaccination bosom inflammation cases among young children are expected to beryllium the aforesaid arsenic those 12 to 15, who person been getting vaccinated for months, and that the benefits of Pfizer’s changeable outweigh “the known oregon imaginable risks.”

Zachary Stieber


Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including authorities and tribunal cases. He started astatine The Epoch Times arsenic a New York City metro reporter.

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Jan Jekielek is simply a elder exertion with The Epoch Times and big of the show, "American Thought Leaders." Jan’s vocation has spanned academia, media, and planetary quality rights work. In 2009 helium joined The Epoch Times afloat clip and has served successful a assortment of roles, including arsenic website main editor. He is the shaper of the award-winning Holocaust documentary movie "Finding Manny."