So Wise in the Ways of Science?

As Steve notes, a Canadian social scientist is out with “a paper that finds job applicants who include non-binary pronouns (like “they/them”) on their resumes get fewer call backs than normal people.” That is hard to top, but consider COVID Vaccine Hesitancy and Risk of a Traffic Crash, published by the American Journal of Medicine but authored by a trio in Canada. As Sir Bedivere (Terry Jones) might say, who are these people who are so wise in the ways of science?

Donald A. Redelmeier, M.D. (Doctor of Medicine), is FRCPC (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada), MSHSR (Masters in Health Services Research), FACP (Fellowship in the American College of Physicians) works in “evaluative clinical sciences” at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto. Jonathan Wang, MMASc (Masters of Management of Applied Science) is with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the department of medicine at the University of Toronto. Which particular science Wang applies is not specified.

Author Deva Thiruchelvam, MSc, (Masters of Sciences) is also with the ICES and the Sunnybrook Institute, in Toronto. The profile does not indicate which particular sciences the author managed to master. This trio set out to test whether COVID vaccination was associated with the risks of a traffic crash.

A total of 11,270,763 individuals were included, of whom 16 percent had not received a COVID vaccine and 84 percent had received a COVID vaccine. The cohort accounted for 6,682 traffic crashes. Unvaccinated individuals accounted for 1,682 traffic crashes (25 percent), equal to a 72 percent increased relative risk compared with those vaccinated. “These data suggest that COVID vaccine hesitancy is associated with significant increased risks of a traffic crash,” (emphasis added) the authors contend. That does not betoken a strong case.

The authors might have cited reasons why some people hesitate to take a COVID vaccine shot. Maybe it’s because the COVID vaccines don’t work very well. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, for example, do not prevent acquisition or transmission of COVID-19. Joe Biden and advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci were shot up more times than a Toronto junkie, yet both tested positive. See here and here. That should be enough to make anybody hesitate, and the Pfizer vaccine raises another issue.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sought court approval to delay release of the data used to approve the Pfizer vaccine until 2096, in effect, a proxy for “never.” Pfizer made huge profits, which was not the case with the Salk and Sabin vaccines, very effective against polio.  Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin gave them away for free.

Embattled Canadians and Americans could use a study revealing which people made money from the vaccine mandates they endorsed, and how much, exactly, they made. Of particular interest would be Dr. Anthony Fauci, who claims “I represent science.” While revelations await, we might expect a study on the use of sheep’s bladders to prevent earthquakes.

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