Comparing Pediatric Polio Vaccination to Pediatric Covid-19 Vaccination is Lysenkoist Absurdity

“Professor T.D. Lysenko, vice chairman of The Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union, and holder of the Order of Lenin, is far ahead of any scientist in the field of genetics. He is, in fact, the only scientist who ever grew wax tomatoes from an ordinary vine...This unusual product was revealed at the Moscow Scientific Congress…One report says that Lysenko’s tomatoes were right on the vine. In any case, some scientist managed to stick one in his pocket and give it further examination. The tomato was made of wax. But Dr. Lysenko is no joke to Soviet scientists. One leading Russian scientist who happened to dispute his views, Professor Nikolai Vavilov, died in a concentration camp 6-years ago under circumstances that were never explained. Obviously other scientists unwilling to share the fate of Vavilov agree with Lysenko.”

Hugh E. Wells. “How Soviet Shackles Its ScientistsThe Philadelphia Inquirer September 26, 1948; p. 152

NIAID Director, and covid-19 czar, Dr. Anthony Fauci, during a July 17, 2021 interview, opined, regarding childhood polio, and covid-19 vaccination,

“If you look at the extraordinary success in…eliminating polio for most of the world—and we’re on the brink of eradicating polio—if we had had the pushback for vaccines the way we’re seeing on certain media, I don’t think it would’ve been possible at all… we probably would still have polio in this country if we had the kind of false information that’s being spread now (about, allegedly, covid-19 vaccines).”

Four months later, and within 10 days of the 11/2/21 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) interim recommendation for use of Pfizer’s covid-19 mRNA vaccine in children aged 5-11 years old, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha expressed similar views in an 11/11/21 Washington Post oped.

“If today’s misinformation, politicization and anti-vaccine sentiment existed in the United States in the 1950s, would the polio vaccine have received the same level of uptake? Would we have heard the same argument that most kids are not at risk? That a vast majority are asymptomatic? Or that only a tiny minority dies? This history may help parents make the decision about vaccinating their children against covid-19….Children are less vulnerable to covid-19 than adults, but to some extent, that was also true for polio.”

Hard data on childhood polio versus covid-19 disease severity, and direct juxtaposition of the polio and covid-19 vaccine trials, reveals a very different reality than portrayed by these medical savants. Indeed, their recklessly inaccurate comparisons expose the fulminations of Drs. Fauci and Jha as unhinged, Lysenkoist tomato hurling at those leery of mass, indiscriminate childhood covid-19 vaccination campaigns, both their dissenting medical peers, and the lay public.

Vought and Greenberg’s 1957 JAMA publication analyzed polio mortality between 1915 and 1954 in U.S. children aged up to 14 years old, prior to mass polio vaccination efforts. Despite a steady decline over these four decades, due to the expanding development of natural immunity, the average polio death rate among these children, including the major outbreaks, was an alarming 5.7%.

These data stand in stark contrast to the near zero childhood covid-19 mortality, overall, and perhaps literally zero, among children free of chronic comorbidity. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics, concedes, based upon its recording system, “In states reporting, 0.00%-0.03% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death.” An elegant study from a national database in Germany reported concordant findings, noting,

“The lowest risk was observed in children aged 5-11 without comorbidities. In this group, the ICU admission rate was 0.2 per 10,000 (2 per 100,000) and case fatality could not be calculated, due to an absence of cases”

Dr. Vinay Prasad’s pellucid Brownstone commentary on the German analysis, referenced these additional salient data:

–For healthy kids, the risk of death is 3 per 1,000,000 with no deaths reported in kids older than 5.

–Kids 5 to 11 have a risk of going to the ICU of 2 in 100,000; 0 died.

–Among kids who died of COVID-19, 38% were already on palliative/ hospice care.

Juxtaposing the polio and covid-19 pediatric vaccine trials highlights consistent, equally glaring discordances.

The controlled (both placebo and observational controls) 1954 polio vaccine field trial recruited ~1.83 million total children, with ~1.35 million in the paralytic polio analysis. Pfizer’s Covid-19 mRNA vaccine randomized, controlled trial in 5 to 11 year-olds enrolled ~2300.

516 total cases of paralytic polio accumulated in the 1954 polio field trial, and vaccination reduced its incidence by 71.1% and 62.4%, relative to the placebo and observational-control groups, respectively. The Pfizer covid-19 vaccine randomized, placebo-controlled trial in 5 to 11 year-olds recorded zero cases of severe covid-19, despite recruiting ~20% with comorbidities. Covid-19 vaccination did reduce mildly symptomatic, covid-19 sniffles syndrome by “90.7%,” based on “3 cases in the BNT162b2 group and 16 cases in the placebo group (noting the 2:1 randomization of vaccine: placebo)”. Additionally, “No cases of COVID-19 were observed in either the vaccine group or the placebo group in participants with evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

In summary, the 1954 polio vaccine trial for an order of magnitude more lethal, and crippling childhood disease than covid-19, assessed ~650-fold the number of children evaluated in Pfizer’s covid-19 vaccine trial. Polio vaccination in the 1954 trial prevented 374 cases of paralytic polio. Covid-19 vaccination in Pfizer’s trial prevented 13 cases of sniffles. Moreover, notwithstanding overwrought concerns about pediatric “long covid,” a December, 2021 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal review of 14 studies of this ostensible syndrome, concluded,

the evidence for long COVID in children and adolescents is limited, and all studies to date have substantial limitations or do not show a difference between children who had been infected by SARS-CoV-2 and those who were not. The absence of a control group in the majority of studies makes it difficult to separate symptoms attributable to long COVID from pandemic-associated symptoms”

Comparing the rationale for pediatric polio vaccination to that for pediatric covid-19 vaccination is Lysenkoist absurdity.

Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at @andrewbostom.org

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