May 26, 2020
This was written with my Facebook friends in mind, it is my plea for them to take a close look at safety issues surrounding the rush to develop a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. I know I am preaching to the choir here at Age of Autism, however my preference is to leave this as-is so that it can be used to convince anyone.
Anyone who knows me is aware that I am very passionate about vaccine safety. I have been following this issue for over 25 years and have gained a great deal of historical context which allows me to look at current events in a rather unique light. What most do not know is that the very first time I was presented with information expressing concerns about vaccine safety I got very angry, wrote a scathing letter to the Editor of the health newsletter in which it appeared, and immediately cancelled my subscription. I mean what the heck...everyone knows vaccines are safe and effective, and this article was not just wrong but downright irresponsible and dangerous.
When I discussed this with a friend I was quite surprised when she very gently suggested that the information I was dismissing outright might not be all that outrageous. She let me borrow a book called Vaccines: Are They Safe and Effective by Neil Z. Miller. I started reading the book, and I was so eager to find flaws to bring up with my friend that I went to great lengths to memorize everything. I was memorizing things like what MMR and DTP stand for, what an "adjuvant" does in a vaccine, which vaccines are live virus vaccines and which are inactivated.
And then it suddenly dawned on me: I had very strong opinions about a topic I knew virtually nothing about.
So please believe me when I say that I do understand the current desire to develop a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2. Nearly every media article or segment includes a phrase like "...until we develop a vaccine", and many in our health agencies are suggesting that we won't be able to return to normal until we have a vaccine. To me this is code for "you will not be allowed to participate in society until you have been vaccinated". Since nearly everyone credulously believes that vaccines are universally safe and effective, this seems perfectly reasonable.
The first question we should be asking is, have we had any success in the past in developing vaccines for other Corona viruses or other similar viruses?
The answer to that question is an unqualified "No".
In a fantastic report titled Avoiding Pitfalls in the Pursuit of a COVID-19 Vaccine from the National Academy of Science 1, the authors describe how vaccine candidates for SARS Coronavirus, RSV (Respiratory Synctial Virus), and Dengue have all suffered the same serious adverse reaction, causing severe immune system over-activation and more serious disease upon challenge with the virus in animal testing. Even staunch vaccine advocates and vaccine developers like Dr. Paul Offit, Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Anthony Fauci are suggesting caution here. 2,3,4
The science behind these concerns is unequivocal. Studies have shown that previous vaccines for earlier Coronaviruses have caused "immunopathology suggesting hypersensitivity to SARS-CoV component" 5, that vaccinated animals "displayed increased eosinophilic immune pathology to the lungs and were not protected against significant virus replication" 6, that "Inactivated MERS-CoV vaccine appears to carry a hypersensitive-type lung pathology risk from MERS-CoVinfection that is similar to that found with inactivated SARS-CoV vaccines from SARS-CoV infection" 7, and that "[SARS-CoV] vaccines not only failed to protect from homologous or heterologous challenge, but resulted in enhanced immunopathology with eosinophilic infiltrates within the lungs of SARS-CoV-challenged mice". 8 One experimental SARS-CoV vaccine was even found to cause autoimmune-mediated inflammatory responses leading to liver damage. 9
Yet even in the face of these challenges we have some current vaccine researchers fast-tracking development by skipping animal testing entirely and moving straight to human trials. 10,11 Then we have HHS extending immunity from liability to pharmaceutical corporations developing vaccines.12This is especially disturbing now because our leading voice on all matters Coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has a long history of deceiving the public about vaccines. In 2010 he misrepresented the effectiveness of the HIV vaccine being developed, and in 2009 he assured the public that adverse reactions to the fast-tracked H1N1 vaccine were "very, very very rare". 13 For the record, the HIV vaccine was never successful, and the H1N1 vaccine should serve as a cautionary tale here.
If you want to understand concerns about the safety of fast-tracked SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, you need only consider the last three times vaccines were fast-tracked and hurried to market.
Back in the 1950's when the first polio vaccines were rushed into use, there were signals in the safety data which suggested that there were problems, but there was so much demand for the vaccine that the FDA ignored this and approved its use.
The "Cutter Incident". As even the CDC very quietly admits, the vaccine caused paralytic polio (paralysis) in hundreds of children and killed 10 children. 14 It was soon determined that the virus had not been fully inactivated by the formaldehyde added to the shot.
Perhaps the most famous vaccine fiasco was the 1976 "Swine Flu Vaccine". Health authorities fast-tracked a vaccine even in the face of evidence that (a) the vaccine was not effective in children; and (b) the latest data suggested there was no pandemic. The vaccine was rushed into use, with the photo-op that all of us older folks remember...President Ford receiving his shot.
Reports started to come in that the vaccine was causing a type of paralysis known as Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). Some states halted use of the vaccine and eventually the entire program was shut down.15 The Swine Flu never caused anything remotely close to a pandemic.
In 2009 health authorities were warning about the emergence of H1N1 influenza which they believed would lead to a pandemic. A vaccine was fast-tracked and Dr. Fauci himself assured everyone that adverse reactions to this vaccine were "very, very, very rare".
The version of the H1N1 vaccine used in Europe was found to cause narcolepsy, especially in children. 16This vaccine adverse reaction was caused by an autoimmune over-activation in the brain which led to the destruction of neurons responsible for the regulation of our sleep cycle. It is also significant that this was one of the first widely used vaccines to use a new type of adjuvant (a substance added to a vaccine to increase the immune system response) called squalene. This is the same adjuvant which is being used in several candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. 17
At this point I would like to highlight a very well-referenced article from Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense team about the development and use of a vaccine for Dengue fever18:
I strongly believe that the history of this Dengue vaccine should serve as the ultimate warning for the potential human destruction which can arise out of even the best of intentions.
If you read no other reference cited here, please read this one. This vaccine killed hundreds of children. It includes all of the traditional elements which us vaccine safety advocates have become accustomed to: Political pressure? Check. Financial conflicts of interest? Check. Testing with inadequate follow up, followed by ignoring obvious early signals suggesting safety concerns? Check. Trying to cover up what happened? Double check.
I suggest that we all pay very close attention to one commonality between the Dengue vaccine tragedyand our previous experiences with trying to create a vaccine for Coronaviruses. The adverse reactions to the Dengue vaccine were caused by an immune system over-reaction called "disease enhancement" 4which would occur when a vaccinated child later became exposed to the Dengue virus. As mentioned earlier, this same type of hyper-reaction has also been seen consistently with other similar vaccines such as RSV and...yes...earlier types of Coronaviruses. We also see this same type of reaction, caused by what’s called a “cytokine storm” within the immune system, in patients seriously ill with COVID-19, so there is good reason to believe that a vaccine for this new Coronavirus could cause these same adverse reactions.
And so here we are, with our president proclaiming that "Operation Warp Speed" will save us all by developing a vaccine in unprecedented haste. There is political pressure to fast-track this new vaccine like a vaccine has never been fast-tracked before. There are many different candidate vaccines at various stages of testing. 19
In closing and while keeping in mind our previous experiences with fast-tracked vaccines already mentioned, I would ask that you read two more well-referenced articles which discuss the various technologies being used for vaccine candidates, some for the very first time 20, 17:
Now ask yourself this question: Would you sign up yourself and your children to be among the first to receive such an experimental fast-tracked vaccine?
David Foster is an IT engineer with BS degrees in Mathematics and Psychology, with respective emphasis on statistical methods and experimental design. He has been following vaccine safety issues for over 25 years, first as an obsessive hobby and then as a parent.
 News Feature: Avoiding pitfalls in the pursuit of a COVID-19 vaccine
 As pressure for coronavirus vaccine mounts, scientists debate risks of accelerated testing
 Moderna and US NIAID Poised to Endanger the World Population?
 Video Clip: Fauci Speaks About Vaccine Induced Disease Enhancement
 Immunization with SARS Coronavirus Vaccines Leads to Pulmonary Immunopathology on Challenge with the SARS Virus
 A Double-Inactivated Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Vaccine Provides Incomplete Protection in Mice and Induces Increased Eosinophilic Proinflammatory Pulmonary Response upon Challenge
 Immunization with inactivated Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus vaccine leads to lung immunopathology on challenge with live virus.
 Vaccine efficacy in senescent mice challenged with recombinant SARS-CoV bearing epidemic and zoonotic spike variants.
 Immunization with Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara-Based Recombinant Vaccine against Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome [SARS] Is Associated with Enhanced Hepatitis in Ferrets
 Seattle Coronavirus Vaccine Skipped Critical Animal Testing
 Researchers rush to test coronavirus vaccine in people without knowing how well it works in animals
 Azar extends liability immunity in the fight against COVID-19
 Dr. Fauci and COVID-19 Priorities: Therapeutics Now or Vaccines Later?
 The Cutter Incident: How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to a Growing Vaccine Crisis
 The last time the government sought a ‘warp speed’ vaccine, it was a fiasco
 Narcolepsy Following Pandemrix Influenza Vaccination in Europe
 GSK and Sanofi COVID-19 Vaccine Produced in Insect Cells with Squalene Adjuvant
 The Dengvaxia Disaster Was Twenty Years in the Making—What Will Happen With a Rushed COVID-19 Vaccine?
 Covid-19: What do we know so far about a vaccine?
 COVID-19: The Spearpoint for Rolling Out a “New Era” of High-Risk, Genetically Engineered Vaccines