- The Washington Times
Monday, May 23, 2022

OPINION:

Americans are eying the coronavirus pandemic in the rearview mirror and hoping it will soon recede from sight. Looking back on the past two years, it is hard to dismiss the suspicion that the U.S. government’s performance in combating the deadly disease has been a failure. Evidently, it takes more than central authority and mountains of money to save lives.

As of May 23, more than 584 million doses of the various coronavirus vaccines had been administered, with 258 million Americans fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet the ministrations have not prevented the nation from logging more than 83 million cases of the disease thus far.


Worse, with a little more than 4% of the world’s population, the U.S. has suffered 16% of the global fatalities, surpassing the dreadful 1 million mark earlier this month. And while former President Donald Trump was widely faulted for nearly 400,000 virus deaths occurring during his mostly pre-vaccine tenure, it is President Biden who has presided over many more of the fatalities, despite coast-to-coast vaccine availability. Ominously, infections are on the upswing again, with the daily national average breaching 100,000.

The U.S. government has spent a world-leading $5 trillion battling the virus and its impact on the economy, according to The New York Times. As measured in gross domestic product, only Singapore’s 29% surpassed the 27% Washington dedicated to its 2020-21 stimulus measures, says the Tax Foundation.

Despite record spending, the world’s most technologically advanced nation has failed to cover itself in glory. Disturbingly, the Biden administration has stubbornly maintained sole authority for the nation’s pandemic response, which one knowledgeable observer has described as “official lies in an unending stream.”

So writes retired neurosurgeon Russell L. Blaylock in the April 22 edition of the National Library of Medicine: “We have witnessed a long list of unprecedented intrusions into medical practice, including attacks on medical experts, destruction of medical careers among doctors refusing to participate in killing their patients and a massive regimentation of health care, led by non-qualified individuals with enormous wealth, power and influence.”

Examples are legion: White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci’s previously unknown funding of a Chinese bio lab heaped doubt on his assurances that the virus was almost certainly a product of nature. At officialdom’s insistence, only vaccine jabs were authorized treatments, and therapeutics — even ones used to great effect in other nations like ivermectin — were rendered taboo.

Risks of abbreviated clinical trials for the experimental vaccines have been ignored, and dangerous side effects have broken records. Warnings raised by experts — including Dr. Robert Malone, a pioneer in the mRNA technology that produced the vaccines — have been ignored. 

Americans are torn between gratitude for the lifesaving efforts of the medical establishment and suspicion that Washington’s obsession with preserving its authority has cost lives. With the passing of the million-death milestone, it becomes undeniable that Uncle Sam has flunked the coronavirus test.


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