FDA Approval of COVID-19 Vaccines for Infants and Young Children Is ‘Egregious’: Dr. Mercola

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The various national public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have capitulated and surrendered to pharmaceutical companies, said Dr. Joseph Mercola.

Mercola, a practicing physician of over 25 years, has been educating the public about healthy, disease-free lifestyle choices based on natural medicine since 1997 through his website, mercola.com.

In an Aug. 3 interview for EpochTV’s “Facts Matter” program, Mercola discussed the FDA’s June 15 decision to approve COVID-19 vaccines for infants and young children, saying it has a shocking resemblance to what happens in totalitarian societies.

“It’s probably one of the most egregious and outrageous decisions ever reached in American medicine,” he said. “It’s just shades of Nazi Germany with what they’re doing.”

Infant Vaccines Scientifically Unjustifiable

The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), a 21-member panel with the responsibility to “review and evaluate data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of vaccines,” unanimously voted to recommend COVID-19 shots for children aged 6 months to 5 years.

During the voting process, Dr. Cody Meissner, a professor of pediatrics and director of the pediatric infectious disease division at Tufts University School of Medicine, voted to approve the authorization. But he urged that there be clear messaging to parents about the very low risk of infection or hospitalization their infant and preschool aged children will have from COVID-19.

“I think that has to be communicated clearly to parents so they can participate in the decision of vaccinating a child in this age group,” he said.

Meissner said the number of deaths among preschool age children over the course of the pandemic were about 440, and spread out over the course of two years, those numbers show that children are more likely to be struck by lightening than to die from COVID-19, he said.

“We’re talking about a very rare event,” said Meissner.

“There was no justification to it [the approval for infant vaccines],” said Mercola “There’s no risk. Plus, there’s no benefit,” Mercola said of the vaccines for children.

Epoch Times Photo A young girl sits still as she receives a COVIC-19 vaccine during the second day of vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 in Montreal on Nov. 25, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson)

Profits Before the Public Well-being

Mercola criticized the FDA and its advisory panel members for not putting the well-being of the public before profits. He said these agencies started out protecting the public but that this is no longer true, and that the agencies are now just acting in the interests of the drug companies and the government.

According to a 2018 report in Science magazine, of the 107 advisers who voted on FDA committees over the course of 4 years, 40 earned more than $10,000 from the makers of drugs that the panels voted to approve, or from firms competing against the makers of drugs they voted not to approve. Another 26 received more than $100,000, and six people received over $1 million.

Mercola said many former FDA doctors go on to work for drug companies.

“They want to make the public believe that there’s some type of regulatory action going on to protect them, but nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “It’s a sham. It’s a charade.”

An FDA spokesperson told The Epoch Ti...

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