From Teresa Hanafin’s Boston Globe Fast Forward newsletter:
I guess it’s her right to be dumb, but … I sure wish she wasn’t running a school. Leila Centner, co-founder and CEO of Centner Academy, a private school in Miami, is prohibiting her teachers and other employees from getting vaccinated against COVID-19. And if they do, they’ll be out of a job.
I’ll pause a minute here to let you re-read that.
First, let’s review some facts.
mRNA vaccines — that’s the type you’re getting from Pfizer and Moderna — have been in development for decades. Decades. Pharmaceutical companies didn’t jump to try to get them approved and manufactured because a) they weren’t needed; other vaccines were able to handle various infectious diseases that have cropped up, and b) they’re not easy to handle — super low temperatures and all that.
Nonetheless, Moderna has been conducting tests and trials of mRNA vaccines for about 10 years, which helped position it to be one of the first out of the gate when this novel coronavirus showed up.
(Interesting side note: Researchers have been studying mRNA vaccines in relation to their potential to destroy cancer.)
So when some people say the COVID-19 vaccines are “experimental,” well, they’re wrong.
With much of the chassis already in place, all the pharmaceutical companies had to do was grab the new coronavirus’s genetic code, synthesize the piece of mRNA needed to create an immune response, and insert it into the existing framework.
(I don’t mean to make it sound so simple that a kid with a Lego set could do it, but rather to point out that these researchers were not starting from scratch. Far from it.)
This is important: The FDA did not change its approval process for these vaccines. All went through rigorous testing and three phases of human trials that involved testing them on thousands of people.
So what was sped up? Three things:
1) Because of the global threat from COVID-19, the FDA moved these vaccines to the head of the approval line, ahead of other drugs awaiting approval.
2) The FDA also accelerated its internal review process, clearing the decks of other drug reviews and working overtime so that it took weeks rather than months.
3) When it started to become clear during each phase of the clinical trials that these vaccines were safe and very effective, pharmaceutical companies took a risk and started manufacturing them before receiving final approval. So when they got that approval, they already had millions of doses on hand to start distributing.
Ever since people started getting vaccinated, deaths have plunged, hospitalizations have plunged, serious illnesses have plunged, and cases have plunged.
This has been one of the most remarkable public health successes in history, up there with other vaccines that eradicated smallpox and greatly diminished other serious or fatal diseases like polio and diphtheria, as well as anesthesia, penicillin, the fluoridation of water, coronary bypasses, and on and on — these extraordinary coronavirus vaccines have proven, once again, that science saves lives.
We should be celebrating and honoring the scientists and researchers who made this possible.
And then there’s Leila Centner, who runs that private school in Miami that won’t let vaccinated teachers or staffers around students.
She says the vaccines are “experimental.” (Read above.) But she also believes that vaccinated people are magically emitting some sort of invisible rays that are penetrating the bodies of women — why only women and not men is a mystery — and causing those women to have reproductive problems, including irregular menstrual periods, no periods at all, hemorrhaging after menopause, bleeding, and even miscarriages. That’s quite the list!
(Honestly, I am not making this up.)
Thanks DSD for sharing this with us….