Tom Evslin: Lack of final approval ‘not actually an unreasonable excuse’ for people not to get vaccinated

This commentary is by Tom Evslin of Stowe, an entrepreneur, author and former Douglas administration official. It is republished from the Fractals of Change blog.

The US government talks the talk about Covid vaccination but doesn’t walk the walk. The CDC and the FDA say “get vaccinated” but they don’t act as if they really believe in the efficacy of the shots.

You couldn’t be more pro-Covid vaccination than me. I stayed up all night to make sure I could register for my shot the moment the Vermont computer would let me. After having both doses and waiting our two weeks, Mary and I joyfully broke our self-imposed quarantine and went on a six-week RV trip to get reacquainted with relatives and friends and then flew to Italy to meet our newest granddaughter.

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Italy let us in without quarantine because we had vaccine certificates; they would also have let us in if we had negative Covid tests within 48 hours of our arrival. The US government didn’t care about our vaccinated status; instead they insisted on Covid tests three days before departure, which is a much less reliable indication of whether we were likely to bring the virus home. Italy’s actions encourage vaccination; the US doesn’t seem to think it’s important.

Canada says it is ready to let US citizens drive into their country with proof of vaccination. The US is neither wiling to reciprocate nor has it said that US citizens can use their vaccination status to drive home again. Canada is encouraging vaccination; the US doesn’t seem to think it’s important.

Colleges around the country including Vermont are requiring vaccination as a condition of returning in the fall. Good for them. But there isn’t even a US advisory which says that state and hospitals should make vaccination compulsory for health care workers.

It was entirely appropriate for the FDA to give “emergency approval” of the Covid vaccines when they did. It is, however, totally inappropriate that the vaccines have not now received final approval and that we have also not been told what the FDA is waiting for. Lack of final approval is an excuse – and not actually an unreasonable one – for people not to get vaccinated. Lack of information about what is required for final approval is a great way to stoke conspiracy theories. If Dr. Fauci and President Biden believe approval will come before the end of August as they have both said, they need to tell us why there isn’t final approval now. I suspect the reasons are bureaucratic but that’s no excuse for undermining public confidence in both the vaccines and the approval process.

According to the NYTimes, “In France, as of Aug. 1, anyone without a “health pass” showing they have been vaccinated or recently tested negative will not be admitted to restaurants, cafes or movie theaters, and they will not be able to travel long distances by train…”

More than 2.2 million people signed up to get vaccinated in the first 48 hours after French President Macron made this announcement. Note he is not saying vaccination is mandatory; French people who don’t want to get vaccinated but do want to travel or eat out, just need to get the very frequent Covid tests necessary to protect others from them. But he did say the tests will not remain free. Fair enough.

Instead of acting as if vaccinations matter, the US government spends its efforts trying to ban “bad information.” The way to stop bad information is to provide good information. The way to strengthen conspiracy theories is trying to ban any sort of speech.

Accelerating infections from the Delta variant are now causing some Americans to rethink their opposition to vaccination. A federal government which acts as if it thinks vaccination matters instead of just talking can still assure us a practical if not absolute end to the pandemic by fall.

17 thoughts on “Tom Evslin: Lack of final approval ‘not actually an unreasonable excuse’ for people not to get vaccinated

  1. Depopulation Vaccine Tyranny Around the World:
    Millions Protest Vaccine Passports Across Europe
    Approx 3 mins:

    There is enough evidence to show that this inoculation does not meet the legal definition of a “vaccine” – once forced upon us it will be not *a shot* but routine shots for all but the higher echelon of science, technology and world elites who hate us so much they want us dead – and forced upon children bc there will not be enough orphanages or caregivers to raise them – Hunger Games comes to mind…

  2. The COVID vaccine ISN’T a vaccine. The presenter in the linked video presents evidence to that along with a ton ofbig pharma evidence that this entire epidemic thing is all about the Benjamins. It’s 70+ minutes long, gave me a headache, and I’m needing to watch over again because it’s too much for me to absorb. One take away is undeniable: Faucci and big pharma have profited bigly from it.

    This ought to be widely disseminated:

  3. Nuremberg Code
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Point 1 of 10:
    “1.The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.

    This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs, or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.”

    This exempts all children under 18, and those with limited cognitive function such as some diasabled

    Coercion including offering of gifts, lotteries, paid tuitions etc etc is forbidden.

    As such – we either accept and respect the rule of law or it’s rule of men or mob rule as the only choices I can think of. Our Constitutional Republic disallows aforementioned.

    • Mr Evslin and ilk as well as Pharma – Vaccine Dept – he clearly works the Public Dissemination office for are getting pretty desperate. As th voice of authoritarianism grows louder – usual suspects come ot of woodwork to work overtime – one big happy Davos fam. When our enemies tell us who they are we need to pay attention

  4. The author refers a few times to “conspiracy theories.” I wonder what would meet his definition. Is it a conspiracy theory that Pfizer’s Phase 3 trials will not finish until May of 2023?

    Is it a conspiracy theory that there have been over 11,000 post-vax fatalities reported to the CDC’s VAERS database—more than for all other vaccines combined for the past thirty years? (For context, the 1976 Swine Flu campaign was halted after 25 deaths.)

    Is it a conspiracy theory that none of these vaccines would have gotten an EUA if effective treatments were available—and that those treatments HAVE been available?

    A new measles vaccine recently received its FDA license after TEN YEARS of safety studies. Even if the FDA approves the Covid shots this year, that is still a far shorter timeline than is common for a vaccine—especially one using novel technology never before used in human beings.

    Given the troubling number of breakthrough cases in the world’s most vaccinated countries, and the stunning statistics pertaining to injuries and death, the author seems to be aiming at the wrong target. Instead of worrying about a more transmissible (but likely less lethal) variant and stepping on the gas, we should be stepping back and evaluating this entire program—without the relentlessly fearmongering media blaring in the background.

  5. Want to stop the spread of the virus. Shut down the borders and stop shipping illegal migrants untested and unvaccinated to every part of the country. Or is this just part of the Commicrat agenda ?


  6. In his missive declaring a compulsory vax – Evslin calling unvaccinated “parasytes” – isn’t this what the Nazis called the Jews:
    “Right now the unvaccinated are taking a risk with their own lives. Unfairly the final vaccine holdouts will be parasites on the partial herd immunity achieved by the rest of us getting vaccinated and will be danger to those who can’t get vaccinated or have weak immune systems and provide a breeding ground for new variants which could be vaccine resistant. We may still need to make vaccination compulsory.”

    I have an immune system complete with killer T-Cells – I keep myself well at own expense and rarely ill – so no Mr Evslin I am *not* a parasyte by a long shot – this is not an issue for those of us “following the science” and taking the recognized supplements and other proven wellness treatments, unlike Mr Evslin and ilk.

    • I guess what Tom doesn’t understand is that he has a lab created parasite flowing through his blood stream now. This guy sold himself as a republican. He neither believes in individual rights nor our medical choice decisions. This is the same guy who practically hid under his bed with a mask on waiting for the pharmaceutical industry to save him. I hope this isn’t the example of the conservative republicans we have representing us! He is apparently similar to those screaming for us to be vaxed while they pull down their mask to take a drag from a cigarette. This is the kind of hypocrisy running through our society. They are scared to death of a media generated virus frenzy with a 99.5% of recovery but can’t be bothered with the lung cancer and heart problems caused by smoking.

      • I see my Dr once a year for wellness check and lab panel, and rarely ill but in high risk category. I do not view my fellow man as “parasytes” leaching off of my good health bc I an not a drain on the system by utilizing it iow – I have no place in the line. I take low-cost medicines so I can pay for them myself if needed. I do not have the routine expensive diagnostics of any kind. Stunning and illustrative to know there are such hateful ppl in our world who want us removed from the public square.

  7. Shiny-boot club with Naziesque edicts enacted and supported by Brownshirts of all ages – may they rot for attempted forced-murder by vax of us all:
    NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces State Mission for Vaccination Compliance
    July 26, 2021 | Sundance | 66 Comments

    Earlier today Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the state mission to ensure vaccination compliance in New York: (1) Get in the community; (2) Knock on doors; (3) Put in cars, drive them; and (3) Put the vaccine in their arm.

    NOTE: If you replace automobiles with cattle cars, you’ll recognize where the idea came from:
    From comments “I believe that the so called vaccines are a murder weapon that has been designed to cull the world’s population. Children have to be vaccinated as the deep state does not want to have to deal with millions of orphans.”

  8. The issues surrounding this experimental gene therapy which is erroneously referred to as a “vaccine”, do not even come close to having anything to do with public health. It’s just one more tool that is being used to divide people. Maybe the issue should be labeled “Vaccism”. Add it to race, gender, voter fraud, and any one of a number of other divisive issues that top the current news media charts. Let’s face the truth that we are all being played. Let’s begin to stand up to those who would infringe on our freedoms because think that they know what is best for us. There’s still the chance that we can save our Republic.

  9. Ohhhh…the freedom of the privileged, anointed, endowed, and made men and their approved women… puts us all t’shame.
    Ey yuht.
    We’re just hicks who wouldn’t loan you a cup a sugar or give you a lift to the store or take your kid while you go to work… nah. We’re just stoopid hicks who need to be shamed and gaslighted into compliance, or coerced by ‘getting the privilege of traveling’ IF one has the approved paperwork.
    Daddy-O says after all the think’in is dun, just do what you are told…for the good of all…if you don’t comply…you’re privileges will be curtailed.

    What cute little communist propagandists Vermont has now.

  10. And just in time … I can across this article that states that Covid-19 is spreading at an alarming rate among the vaccinated.

    Want to end the pandemic? Easy: follow the safe and effective I-MASK protocol from the FLCCC group. This is a win-win: for those who don’t want to get vaccinated for whatever reason, this protocol offers protection that’s arguably as good (or even better, considering the breakthrough cases in vaccine recipients) as the vaccines. You can even take it and still get vaccinated!

    We can have our cake and eat it too. We can put the brakes on the pandemic and preserve liberties and tolerance for those who don’t think like we do.

    Big problem, though: there’s widespread censorship of this protocol. We’re now curtailing freedom of speech and free dissemination of information because now the government, with their help-maids, big tech, is taking it upon itself to decide for us what’s real information and what’s misinformation. The assumption is that we, the people, are too stupid to figure things out for ourselves and we need to be shielded from information that the government doesn’t agree with.

    What can possibly go wrong when the state determines what’s good medical information and what’s not, and disregards evidence, testimony from well-qualified front-line doctors, and studies that support the view that the government wants to suppress?

    If the federal government really gave a damn it would’ve recommended ivermectin for prevention of Covid-19 long ago. It has another goal, apparently, than that of saving as many lives as possible and preventing as many Covid-19 infections as possible, while still preserving core American values of liberty and tolerance. Maybe the idea is to get rid of liberty and tolerance?

    I agree with Tom: banning speech is the wrong way to go. But apparently the government feels this is necessary because otherwise people will learn the truth.

    Notice the coercive element in France’s position: you can be free if you pay to get tested. After a while I imagine the cost to keep getting tested adds up. So yes, you’re “free” to choose, just as you would be if I told you that you have a choice between getting vaccinated and me shooting you in the head: your choice, you’re “free.” The problem with coercion and penalties in medical matters was why the 1905 US Supreme Court warned against oppressive penalties for not complying with government medical mandates; unfortunately this opinion was ignored in subsequent rulings. It seems that one’s definition of “coercion” depends on which end of the stick one gets that coerces those who disagree with what has been determined– through infinite, unsurpassed, and infallible wisdom– is best for everyone else.

    Ivermectin solves a lot of problems. Maybe that’s why the government is fighting so hard against it.

  11. Wow, what a happy little propagandist! Tom, I’m sure you’d go all in on insisting that we figure out some way to distinguish those who are unvaccinated from the virally pure vaccinated. Maybe a yellow patch that they can proudly wear on their jackets? Or failing that, now that tattoos are all the craze, how ’bout a simple little number tattooed on the lower left arm…

    The Nazis put forth over 400 laws restricting the freedom of the Jews from 1933 to 1939. It started slowly, but the message was clear, Jews were a threat to the racially pure Aryan society. All the ills of the society were due to the Jews. Read the laws and substitute the word for and it is quickly evident where you and your ilk are headed. For instance, on November 9-10, 1938, Nazi legislation barred Jews from all public schools and universities, as well as from cinemas, theaters, and sports facilities.

    And as for that experimental gene therapy that is being peddled as a “vaccine” No thank you! Not now, not ever. Mainly because this vaccine for COVID is not “safe and effective.” It has never been shown to be. One is prohibited from stating that these vaccines are “safe and effective” by the FDA’s very own regulations. The CDC, FDA, NIH, and health officials continue to make this statement when under law they are prohibited from making these claims, especially because the COVID vaccines are still “investigational” and experimental.

    The FDA’s rules state that if a drug or vaccine is investigational, one is prohibited from stating that it is “safe and effective.” Why? It is still under investigation. It is that simple. You are being lied to. My view is today they must be withdrawn from the market and not one COVID vaccine should be given to children.

    It is also important to understand that the vaccine has never been shown to reduce hospitalization or death, or ICU use, or moderate or severe COVID. Nor does it stop infection or transmission. It was only geared toward reducing “mild” COVID symptoms. The media, health experts, and doctors who state it reduces hospitalization and death have been openly lying. Oh, and also, asymptomatic spread is a blatant lie as well. So go ahead and enjoy your vaccine, but while you’re at it don’t tread on me!

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