Over one day, well over a dozen legacy media outlets propped up a shady, government-funded, Pfizer-doctor-led “study” that warns about the risks of “mixing” with unvaccinated people.
The Ottawa Citizen, CP24, Hamilton Spectator, Globe and Mail, CTV News, City News Everywhere, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, National Observer, Global News, News Wise, and Niagara Falls Review all jumped on the same study — but failed to mentioned several concerns beyond the fact that the government paid for the research.
For one, the study doesn’t use real-world data. In fact, it didn’t even require approval from the research ethics board. Instead, the study — if you can call it that — used a modelling method where researchers start with a set of assumptions and then “find” results based on those assumptions.
The most absurd of these assumptions is that most who receive the vaccine should be immune forever.
“Our lower-bound estimate for vaccine effectiveness (40%) reflected uncertainty about the emerging Omicron variant, whereas our upper bound (80%) reflected the higher effectiveness seen with the Delta variant. We treated immunity after vaccination as an all-or-none phenomenon, with a fraction of vaccinated people (as defined by vaccine effectiveness) entering the model in the immune state and the remainder being left in the susceptible state.” [Emphasis added]
They, of course, failed to account for the fact that vaccine efficacy (if it exists at all) wanes over time, with this being common knowledge now. Yet, this is supposedly the logic behind people getting their third, fourth, and even fifth shot of the COVID vaccine.
“For example, a vaccine that is 80% efficacious would result in 80% of vaccinated people becoming immune, with the remaining 20% being susceptible to infection. We did not model waning immunity.”
Finally, the lead researcher, David Fisman, has ties to big pharma — the legacy media left this out, too.
As per the study, “Competing interests: David Fisman has served on advisory boards related to influenza and SARS-CoV-2 vaccines for Seqirus, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sanofi-Pasteur Vaccines, and has served as a legal expert on issues related to COVID-19 epidemiology for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. He also served as a volunteer scientist on the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.”
It’s also worth mentioning – something this study didn’t touch on – that the rate of infections and COVID death rate in Canada is so high among the vaccinated compared to unvaccinated that some provinces hide the data — but not all of them.
It’s clear that the study is dubious at best, if not explicitly designed for sewing hate and division between people of varying degrees of vaccination, but that didn’t stop the state-subsidized media from cherry-picking details for that purpose.