On Tuesday, I was at the Capitol in Hartford during the vote by the Public Health Committee on HB5044. The bill is going forward, after several hours of recess to include amendments that convinced some of the Democrats to vote YAY instead of NAY. Two Democrats voted NAY, and we thank them. They are Jack Hennessy and David Michel. The politics is clear, the votes across the country are falling straight down party lines. It's depressing for those who want balance, and see the value of work on both sides of the aisle that we need as our kids with autism grow up.
On Twitter, there is an account called "Connecticut Dems” that Tweeted about a Republican named Craig Fishbein and accused him of "putting others at risk." That's a bogey man. Coronavirus aside - when we talk about (under-vaccinated” (eye roll) people, to call them a risk, or a threat, or dangerous is a slippery slope.
I Tweeted back with a photo of my daughter, who was with me last week at a rally at the Capitol, "She is not a disease vector." One of the responses to me is below. From undervaccinated (assuming she's over 25) and undereducated Twitter person. Vaccines don't make money. And I am a paranoid crackpot. So I did a one minute Duck Duck Go search and came up with a report from the ever crackpotty Reuters about the earnings of Merck which I RT'd back to Ms. Twitter. I do not expect to hear from her again.
Merck raises full-year forecasts as vaccines power profit beat Merck shares rose 1.3 percent to $77.80. Gardasil sales rose 27 percent to $828 million, beating analyst expectations by about $25 million.
Sales of the company’s measles-mumps-rubella and chickenpox vaccines rose 27 percent to $496 million, helped by government tenders in Latin America and higher European and U.S. demand.
Measles cases in the United States have hit their highest level since the virus was declared eradicated in 2000, with a total of at least 705 confirmed cases so far. Merck is the sole provider of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.
There is no mask for this kind of ignorance. No Purell. No Lysol wipes. This blind obedience and unwillingness to learn is everywhere.