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From Europe to the US, Covid cases in children are surging. Schools aren't prepared

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    Texas Legislator Calls Out Dr. Hotez for Attacking Parental Rights

    by Marco Cáceres

    Published June 12, 2019 | Ethics, Informed Consent

    The focus of the exchange was about the influence of special interest groups on decisions legislators make about including or eliminating exemptions in vaccine laws. Dr. Hotez has a long history of attacking parents of vaccine injured children and aggressively lobbying for the elimination of non-medical vaccine exemptions in Texas. In both national and international forums, he has advocated for forced vaccination laws that deny parents the legal right to obtain vaccine exemptions for their children for reasons of conscience, as well as for religious beliefs.2

    Texas Rep. Strickland strongly disagrees with Dr. Hotez, making it clear that he believes that the decision to vaccinate children should be left up to their parents, not government employees. He was also pointing out that Dr. Hotez should not be lobbying the Texas Legislature to eliminate personal belief vaccine exemptions because he has an inherent conflict of interest, given that he develops vaccines for a living.

    In addition to serving as dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hotez is co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development (Texas Children’s CVD), which receives money from government, industry and private foundations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and produce vaccines.3 4 5 6 7 8

    In 2017, vaccine manufacturer Merck & Co. formed a strategic alliance with Baylor College of Medicine and its vaccine product development partnership (PDP), Texas Children’s CVD, to “advance vaccine research and development for neglected and emerging infections.”9

    It is these kind of financial associations that Rep. Strickland correctly points out represent a conflict of interest for Dr. Hotez, who cannot help but benefit professionally from the relationships and the industry, government and foundation funding given to the university and hospital where he works as a vaccine developer.

    Dr. Hotez has been described as an “advocate” and “spokesperson” for the vaccine industry.8....

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  • From Europe to the US, Covid cases in children are surging. Schools aren't prepared

    Updated 1:34 PM ET, Tue January 11, 2022

    By Eliza Mackintosh

    ... Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged the UK's National Health Service was on a "war footing" in a televised address, but said he would not bring in further restrictions.

    But leading teachers' unions say the government hasn't done enough to keep classrooms safe, demanding financial support for air-cleaning units, on-site Covid-19 testing and substitute teaching staff in a rare joint letter.

    ... In the US, more children are being admitted to hospitals than ever before.
    The Biden administration has said schools are "more than equipped" to stay open, as Omicron rips across the country.

    ... they can still get very sick or die, or they could develop complications like life-threatening multi-system inflammatory syndrome and long Covid. Up to one in seven children and young people may have Covid-19 symptoms as many as 15 weeks after illness, a study by the UCL Great Ormond Street Hospital in central London found. According to the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS), 117,000 children in the UK are now living with long Covid.

    "This narrative that it's just a mild virus is not accurate," Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director for vaccine development at Texas Children's Hospital, told CNN's Jake Tapper last week, remarking on the surge in Covid-19 hospitalizations at America's largest pediatric hospital.

    As Covid-19 cases skyrocketed across Britain in late December, Stuart Guest spent his vacation poring over scientific reports about air cleaning and filtration systems.

    Last edited by Emily; January 12, 2022, 03:12 AM. Reason: Fixed CNN link.