Dr. Paul Alexander, who previously advised President Donald Trump on COVID-19, demanded that coronavirus vaccine developers, as well as the FDA and CDC, "put liability protection on the table because they are the only ones in this situation who are protected, not the children" while discussing vaccinations for children on "The Ingraham Angle" Thursday.
"The science doesn’t support vaccinating persons under 19 for COVID," Alexander said, citing two studies. "And this is illogical and I think reckless and dangerous."
"It’s not going to help end the pandemic at all," noted infectious disease specialist and fellow guest Dr. Stephen Smith.
Below is a transcript of "The Ingraham Angle":
Laura Ingraham: “Is the solution to this pandemic the forced vaccination of children and the, you know, 20 percent or 25 percent of adults who have yet to receive a shot, especially given the new published report today from the New England Journal of Medicine?”
Dr. Stephen Smith: “Right, I mean, I think the vaccines have been very effective in helping combat the pandemic in adult populations and high-risk, especially in high-risk adults. These pediatrics, I don’t understand it. We get vaccines for one of two reasons, or both reasons. One, to help the individual, two, to help the community at large, or both.
“Like influenza, younger people we vaccinate for the flu to help the older people, and the older people, we vaccinate them to help them. Whereas the HPV vaccine, we give to boys to help girls, or women, in the future. Whereas the shingles vaccine is just for the individual.
“But for giving to the kids, I don’t get what the point is. It’s not going to help end the pandemic at all. It’s not going to help the kids, at least not the vast majority of children. At age 5 to 11, the vast, vast majority are fine...."
Ingraham: “Well, I want to get into that, Dr. Smith. Yeah, I want to get into that because for over a year now, when we’ve been talking about this on this program since April of 2020, when you were on initially because we’ve known from the early data that COVID poses a relatively miniscule risk to small children.
“As of Sept. 30, during the entire pandemic, 520 children died from COVID in the United States. Now, of course it’s tragic, we don’t want any child to ever die. But that’s a fatality rate of 0.01 percent of those that we know actually had COVID; obviously millions more had COVID.
“Dr. Alexander, why do they keep pretending that kids are most at risk from COVID? I mean, it’s a 99 percent survivability rate, 99 point something, I’m not good at math. So Dr. Alexander, what of this? This is bizarre.”
Dr. Paul Alexander: “Yes and I agree with you and thanks for having me again, Laura. The science doesn’t support vaccinating persons under 19 for COVID. And this is illogical and I think reckless and dangerous. The reality is that these vaccine developers, the CDC, the FDA, they must put liability protection on the table because they are the only ones in this situation who are protected, not the children, and I think this is going to be a very dangerous situation.
“We knew, Laura, we knew, as you just explained, for 15 months now, that children are very little risk of acquiring infection in the first place, of transmitting to other children, of taking it home. We have the Sweden study, Ludvigsson, where they looked at 2 million kids under 16, no instances of death. We have the French Alps study where [unintelligible] showed that one child exposed to 150 other children: no secondary transmission.
“Children do not drive it home, like seasonal influenza, children do not get severely ill, and children do not die. So I think this is very reckless, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. [Rochelle] Walensky, and Dr. Francis Collins, no one has yet come to the table and told the American people and prosecuted this case, as to while our children must be vaccinated.
“There's absolutely -- these vaccines provide no opportunity for benefit, only opportunity for harm for children.”
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