July 13th, 2021 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal After Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor and his wife received two doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria, they assumed they would be free to travel this summer to a European destination of their choice. They were wrong. The couple — and millions of other people who have been vaccinated through a U.N.-backed effort — could find themselves barred from entering many European and other countries because those nations don’t recognize the Indian-made version of the vaccine for travel. Although AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continent’s drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India hasn’t been given the green light. EU regulators said AstraZeneca hasn’t completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian factory, including details on its production practices and quality control standards. But some experts describe the EU move as discriminatory and unscientific, pointing out that the World Health Organization has inspected and approved the factory. Health officials say the situation won’t only complicate travel and frustrate fragile economies but also undermine vaccine confidence by appearing to label some shots substandard. As vaccination coverage rises across Europe and other rich countries, authorities anxious to salvage the summer tourism season are increasingly relaxing coronavirus border restrictions.
France Covid: Vaccinations mandatory for all health workers All health care workers in France must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by September or risk not being paid, the government has announced. The requirement applies to doctors, nurses, office staff and volunteers. President Emmanuel Macron has also said that from next month, health passes will need to be shown to access places like shops, bars, cinemas and long-distance train journeys in France. The passes show the holder has been jabbed, or had a recent negative test. “I am aware of what I am asking of you, and I know that you are ready for this commitment, this is part, in a way, of your sense of duty,” the president said in a televised address on Monday. The mandatory vaccinations will apply to anyone who comes into contact with vulnerable people, and therefore applies to everyone who works in hospitals, clinics and care homes, regardless of their role. They must be vaccinated by 15 September or risk not being paid, Health Minister Olivier Véran told France’s LCI television. Health passes are already used to enter some venues, such as nightclubs which reopened for the first time at the weekend. However they will be expanded to include more places including festivals, theatres and hospitals from 21 July and will apply to those aged over 12 years old.
CDC says schools should open in fall, recommends masks for unvaccinated The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that returning to in-person learning in schools this fall is a priority and that masks should be worn indoors by all individuals ages 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated against coronavirus. The agency also recommended that schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. “When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking,” the agency advised, adding that students should not be excluded “from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.” The guidance, intended for K-12 schools, also noted that “promoting vaccination” can help facilitate that districts “safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.” Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been authorized for use in kids ages 12 and up. The companies said they plan to request for emergency use authorization in kids ages 5-11 in the fall. The CDC stated that those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, including while participating in extracurricular activities or while eating. However, it noted that based on the needs of the community, a school may opt to make mask use universally required regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions should be made for people who cannot wear masks because of a disability, or those for whom wearing a mask may create a workplace safety risk.
Pfizer Fails to Convince FDA on Immediate Need for COVID Booster Shots After meeting with Pfizer executives Monday, U.S. regulators said they are still not ready to recommend COVID vaccine booster shots. “Nothing has really changed,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo after the meeting. Pfizer executives met privately with U.S. senior scientists and regulators Monday evening to press their case for quick authorization of COVID booster vaccines amid pushback from federal health agencies who last week said the extra doses are not needed. Officials said after the meeting that more data — and possibly several more months — would be needed before regulators could determine whether booster shots were necessary. During the 1-hour online virtual meeting, Pfizer’s chief scientific officer briefed top doctors in the federal government, including: Fauci; Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; U.S Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy; Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine; and Dr. David Kessler, chief science officer of the Biden administration’s COVID response team. The meeting was largely seen as a courtesy after Pfizer’s announcement last week that it would seek Emergency Use Authorization for its booster shot led to unusual pushback from the FDA and CDC.
Common prescription drugs may increase risk of antibiotic resistance, study warns Common prescription drugs that are not antibiotics can increase the risk of patients developing antibiotic resistance, new research shows. Such medications, including those used in cancer chemotherapy and to treat digestive and heart problems, may put patients at risk of certain types of infection from drug-resistant bacteria. The new study finds this resistance was mainly from infection caused by bacteria in the Enterobacteriaceae family that includes salmonella. These antibiotic resistant infections are in turn linked to longer hospital stays and potentially greater risk of death, scientists say. Bacteria are thought to develop antibiotic resistance largely due to repeated exposure through over-prescribing, making recent antibiotic use a key risk factor for drug resistance. But in up to half of patients harboring drug resistant bacteria when they are admitted to hospital, there is no identifiable risk factor, scientists said. Commonly used non-antimicrobial drugs (NAMDs) help to treat diseases and manage symptoms of chronic conditions, but they can cause unwanted side effects. A few commonly used NAMDs have recently been found to have a significant impact on the bacterial composition of the gut microbiome. However the role of NAMD use as a risk factor for infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria has not been systematically studied, researchers add.
Comment of The Day!
Hey Robert ! We met at a talk recently and I was meant to text you a link for the Worldwide Rally for Freedom event in Utah so you could share it with your audience. I lost your card so I am posting it here!
Would greatly appreciate you letting your audience know that this event is taking place at 10 am on the lawn of the Utah State Capitol on July 24th.
This rally is a way to say NO to medical martial law, vaccine passports, forced vaccinations for college students, EUA vaccinations for young children and teens etc.
It is also a way to stand in solidarity with those who have it so much worse than we do in Utah such as those living in European countries and in Canada.
People should definitely bring water (I will try and bring a bunch as well) and signs to let passersby know why we are gathering.
We will try and make this event an outdoor party that celebrates freedom and people connecting in person, in real life! Could also be a great occasion to meet people who are like minded in our communities and forge connections that could help us build self-sufficient economies of small scale! Hope to see you there as well as members of your wonderful audience!
Special Guest – Michael Boldin
Just Getting Started: 15 Year Anniversary for the TAC
First things first. And this is probably the understatement of the year:
I can’t thank you enough for being part of this movement for the Constitution and liberty with me. Whether you’ve been here for just one day, or every single day since day one. Whether you’ve shared links to our articles, blogs and podcasts, or you’ve joined us as a member – thank you.
As John Dickinson, the “Penman of the Revolution,” put it in the first of his 1767 “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania,”
“Concordia res parvae crescunt.”
It’s a Latin phrase meaning “small things grow great by concord.”
With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some thoughts as we kick off our 16th year here at the Tenth Amendment Center. Using the words of the Founders and Old Revolutionaries, I hope this will give you some insight on what we do, what we work to accomplish – and how we approach things strategically.
Let’s start with the “Father of the American Revolution.” Here’s Samuel Adams writing as Candidus in the Boston Gazette on Oct. 14, 1771:
“The truth is, All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.”
If people understand and want freedom, they’re not going to have it if they don’t know how to protect and defend it. And vice versa.
With a government-run school system that’s not teaching people how to limit government power, we’re facing a pretty massive education obstacle today.
In an 1816 letter to Charles Yancy, Thomas Jefferson warned us what this would lead to:
“If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be.”
We certainly can’t rely on the traditional systems of education and media to push this society out of the darkness of ignorance and into the light of liberty. Abigail Adams knew it would take work, and pointed this out in a 1780 letter to her 12-year-old son, John Quincy:
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardour and attended to with diligence.”
As I noted in an article and Path to Liberty podcast episode earlier this week, our foundation to move forward starts with natural rights – and as Patrick Henry put it, liberty is “the primary object.”
But, living under the largest government in the history of the world, we face some pretty massive roadblocks – starting with centralization of power, or, as the founders called it, “consolidation.”
In one of his many long speeches in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, Patrick Henry warned us:
“Dangers are to be apprehended in whatever manner we proceed; but those of a consolidation are the most destructive.”
On the other end of the spectrum, George Washington agreed in his Farewell Address:
“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism.”
When one branch of government exercises power meant to be held elsewhere, it “encroaches.”
Legislating from the judicial bench provides a pretty prominent example. And so does legislating by executive order. But Congress encroaches all the time as well. When it legislates in areas not delegated to them by the Constitution, it encroaches on the powers reserved to the states or to the people.
As Washington warned, this will lead to consolidation – and despotism.
In the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention of 1788, Fisher Ames really emphasized the dangers when he said, “too much provision cannot be made against a consolidation.”
And the great anti-federalist writer Brutus detailed the dangers of consolidation in his first paper of 1787. I covered that in some detail in a podcast episode here.
The education we do isn’t just based on book smarts, remembering names and dates, and the like. It’s heavily focused on practical applications of these principles today.
But how do we get from where we are today – living under the monster state – to a “land of liberty, the seat of virtue, the asylum of the oppressed, a name and a praise in the whole earth,” that the great Patriot Joseph Warren called for in 1772.
Since, as the Founders predicted, centralization leads to despotism, decentralization is then the true path to liberty.
In late 1787, Roger Sherman put it this way:
“All acts of the Congress not warranted by the constitution would be void. Nor could they be enforced contrary to the sense of a majority of the States.”
And James Madison more famously made the case for a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union,” in Federalist No. 46.
We work to put these principles into practice every single day of the year. And we publish an annual “State of the Nullification Movement Report” to share our progress. (we’ll be updating for 2021 in the fall)
Many, if not most, of the steps we take forward are small. And this is exactly what Thomas Jefferson prescribed in a 1790 letter to his friend, the Rev. Charles Clay:
“The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, that we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time, and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.” [emphasis added]
That brings us back to Samuel Adams, who at the end of that same 1771 article mentioned above, closed out with the best summary of how I view our first 15 years – and how we’re thinking about things going forward:
“Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance.” [emphasis added]
We’ve already gotten much more accomplished than I ever thought possible, but we’re still just getting started.
Thank you so much for being here with us. Thank you for being a part of our first 15 years. And thank you for any consideration you can give to helping us do much, much more in the next 15 by becoming a TAC member today.
Concordia res parvae crescunt
(small things grow great by concord)
Michael Boldin, TAC