Shots for American Kids While Indians Are Dying for the Vaccine?

by Kerry Dougherty

It was yet another gird-your-loins day in Virginia on Thursday.

Gov. Ralph Northam held a briefing on COVID-19, which could only mean one thing: more disappointing news from the Rajah of Richmond.

Northam said he may lift his now-14 month-old emergency order- – an abuse of power by any standard — in June.

If Virginians continue to get vaccinated in numbers that please him, that is.

No, he will not tell us what that number is. He’ll know it when he sees it.

Alas, masks will still be with us. After a series of idiotic rules from Richmond — no sitting on the beach, no music on the beach, school closings, gym closings, curfews, alcohol sale restrictions — Northam is now deferring to the nuts at the CDC to decide when masks can come off.

Lucky us.

Best of all, the governor is giddy at the notion of Virginia’s children getting vaccinated against a disease that poses almost no risk to them. So far he said, 63,000 Virginians aged 16 and 17 have gotten the shot! He can’t wait till it’s offered to 12-year-olds.

Northam also said he expects the federal government to soon allow use of the Pfizer vaccine for children as young as 12,” reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“You don’t have to be a pediatrician to know that’s good news,” said Northam, a pediatric neurologist.

The governor said the state would not require schoolchildren to receive vaccinations, but he encouraged parents to allow them to do so.

The only blessing of this miserable pandemic was that the disease left our youngest folks untouched for the most part.

Yet vaccines in the arms of people at almost no risk of serious illness is an odd thing to be pushing. Until you realize that teachers unions are using unvaccinated kids as their latest excuse not to return to the classrooms.

Deaths from COVID among children ages 0-17 are negligible. So far, only 277 American kids younger than 17 have died of COVID. Far more succumb to the flu every year.

In fact, unless my abacus is off, 80% of all COVID deaths in the U.S. were to people older than 65.

The good news, according to CNBC, is that of those 65 and older, at least 80% are partially vaccinated and 65% are fully vaccinated. No doubt this accounts for plummeting death and hospitalizations around the nation.

Meanwhile, India is suffering a COVID catastrophe and the Indian medical system is in a state of collapse.

Part of the problem is that very few people are vaccinated in India. News reports say only 2% to 3% of the population has been able to get the vaccine.

While Americans debate whether or not they want to take the shots, Indians are begging for them.

Here’s a thought: Instead of pumping American kids full of vaccines they don’t need — Fauci is talking about vaccinating infants by the end of the year — let’s get those doses to places where they’ll save lives.

As I wrote several months ago, I believe that the only reason we have vaccines right now is due to Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, American ingenuity and capitalism. We deserved to get the vaccines first. But soon, every adult who wants to be vaccinated will be, and there will be millions of doses left over.

Biden’s plan to waive patents for COVID vaccines is a stroke of insanity and constitutes theft of intellectual property. Instead of stomping all over the rights of the companies that developed the vaccines, Biden should sell America’s surplus to desperate third-world nations, like India. At $20 a shot, the meds are a bargain.

The time to vaccinate children is after all of the high-risk folks get theirs. And preferably after the FDA gives the drugs full approval.

I’m surprised a woke governor like Ralph Northam hasn’t figured this out.

This column is republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.


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8 responses to “Shots for American Kids While Indians Are Dying for the Vaccine?”

  1. DJRippert Avatar

    I see this as Northam pandering to his BigEd constituency. If he said that there was no reason to vaccinate children then the teachers’ associations could not use unvaccinated children as an excuse to keep the schools closed. Ditto if he insisted that the vaccine be fully FDA approved before being administered to children.

    Meanwhile, Kerry is right. Indians are literally dying in the streets. I have many former co-workers and friends that live in India. It is a debacle.

    Even if the problem in India could have been partially lessened by India keeping the vaccines it manufactures inside its borders, that wasn’t what happened. Bad for Indian politicians making poor decisions but hardly the fault of the man and woman in the street.

    Northam has no problem pushing (forcing?) vaccinations on pre-adolescent children while people in India (and Brazil and elsewhere) die in droves. Typical liberal.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      so… once again.. not Northam but science:

      ” Now’s The Time to Tackle Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
      There will be no herd immunity against Covid-19 without inoculating children.

      More than 910 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been given and the number is climbing daily. So far, though, the vast majority of those given a shot and targeted by campaigns have one thing in common: They’re adults. That was the right place to start the world’s largest vaccination drive, but it’s not where we should stop.

      Children have, it’s true, proven less susceptible to the coronavirus so far. It’s one of the pandemic’s few mercies, even if under-reporting plays a role. But not all have escaped unscathed, and we know infected youngsters have unwittingly passed the illness to others. As with shots for diseases like measles and rubella, Covid-19 vaccinations for kids are about protecting them — and about shielding everyone else. Even if children aren’t “super” spreaders, but merely spreaders, the return to a normality of sorts remains a mirage without them.”

      So this has almost nothing to do with Northam. As he has been, he’s following what science is saying.

  2. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    I went to Walmart and Food Lion without my mask today. There were at least 6 guys who either nodded to me or gave me a thumbs up. It’s time a very large portion of the poplutaion stops playing dress up just to appease someone else’s social leanings.
    If you are an “at risk” person who hasn’t been vaccinated AND you go out in public… well that’s on you. I played nice until those people had their chance to be vaccinated… I’m done.

  3. Matt Adams Avatar
    Matt Adams

    India has been an example of why the Military teaches in a CBRN situation to don your own mask prior to helping your buddy. If you don’t help yourself first, you’re of no use to your buddy.

    They exported 66 million shots (~4.7% of their population) from their boarders before vaccinating themselves. They are also the worlds leading producer of vaccines.

    1. Stephen Haner Avatar
      Stephen Haner

      As previously mentioned, my two grandsons dealt with the 14 day quarantine because one of their classmates tested positive. If, and I do mean if, getting the shot means they can stay in the classroom regardless of such a minor risk exposure, then I say go for it. Likewise they make a pretty good argument for the sports teams, if having the shot means you keep playing. Unfortunately, that assumes they keep the quarantine requirement in place, which I expect.

      But the headlines about June 15 “Freedom Day” are out there and I doubt Northam can walk that back short of a full surge. Every rule he will change on June 15 or eliminate on June 30 could go away now if he had the political will….No rule should be out there now unless there is hard evidence is actually is reducing the spread, and I think that would be a very short list at most.

      1. Matt Adams Avatar
        Matt Adams

        I have been in a similar situation because of my daughter (positive COVID-19 classmate) and a wife that works an irregular night shift.

        Without a doubt if trials have proven efficacious and safe for children they should have the option to get vaccinated.

        I’ve always been of the mind that Gov. Northam has over-stepped his power and is abusing it. The Law should be similar to the War Powers Act at the Federal Level. The Chief Executive has a set timeframe where their decree holds, beyond that point the legislature must vote and provide permission.

        I also agree that the list for what actually protects individuals would indeed be short. This was merely and extended exercise in crushing small businesses while allowing those with deep pockets to continue to operate.

        The only plus I can see from this, is that the Fed didn’t overstep their bounds and call for a Federal lockdown via martial law.

        The point of my comment was merely to indicate that India’s surge and COVID-19 issues are of their own design ( my quip about CBRN). For all who want to bemoan the US’s response, our vaccination process and rate is in the top 3 when compared to all other countries.

  4. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    In her ranting about children not getting sick from COVID-19, Kerry seems to overlook the concern that they, like adults, can spread the disease, even if they themselves have no symptoms.

    As for the waiver of patents, one of the main functions of patents is to allow companies who take a risk to profit from their success. Lots of these companies did not take a risk–they were paid up front by the government to go forward with the vaccine development and then got additional contracts once the vaccines were developed. Furthermore, the waiver of patents is not unprecedented–it was done for AIDS treatments.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      The Em-PHA-SIS from Kerry is a lot of RANT and not much connection to facts and realities… but apparently her readership enjoys.

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