Keller, TX. December 22, 2022. Over the course of the last thirty-five years, Americans have observed an exponential increase in the number of vaccines recommended for infants, children, and adults by unelected health authorities and media savvy “experts.” Despite distinct differences between them, these shots have shared one commonality – they were developed and administered with the intent to eliminate or reduce transmission of infectious diseases, i.e. those caused by a bacteria or virus which can be spread from one person to another, directly or indirectly
This month, however, headlines proclaimed that University of Houston scientists were celebrating early successes in the development of a fentanyl “vaccine.” While this may be an important breakthrough in addressing a deadly crisis, the product that will eventually emerge cannot and should not be classified as a vaccine or be categorized alongside other immunizations, for many significant reasons. The most obvious reason is that this “vaccine” does not prevent infection or transmission of a disease, nor does it reduce symptoms of an infectious disease.
If what is being promoted as a preventative for fentanyl addiction is widely described and accepted as a “vaccine,” there are potentially fateful consequences. This is because rather than being classified as medication that would require long term, randomized control trials, vaccines are classified as “biologics”, and are therefore not subject to the same scrutiny as other pharmaceutical products. During development, this product would not undergo the gold standard of research: the double-blind placebo-controlled trial, as this rigorous testing is not required of vaccines.
This pharmaceutical product, with the limited testing described above, could then be granted immunity from any liability for harm caused. As a “vaccine” it would only need to be added to the growing list of vaccines recommended for children. Teenagers and even younger children are at risk for fentanyl overdoses. The Hepatitis B vaccine is already recommended for newborns even though the disease is transmitted through drug use and unprotected sex. It would be a much smaller leap to include the fentanyl “vaccine.”
Texans for Vaccine Choice is not against research to protect people during this fentanyl crisis. We are against a new trend of calling pharmaceuticals and therapeutics vaccines. This classification would allow less testing to ensure safety and limitless immunity if it is unsafe. It also opens the door for this product to be mandated to first responders, those suffering from addiction, and even school children.
To that end, we at Texans for Vaccine Choice, along with medical practitioners throughout the state and vaccine safety experts across the country, call on Governor Abbott to ensure that any product resulting from the research being conducted by the University of Houston, and partly funded by taxpayers, be classified and marketed as a preventative medication or drug, not a vaccine.
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