by Wanda Massa
REPRINTED IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION, WITH PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR
For the original Italian, published today, click the image above.
Multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced the start of trials of its Covid gene vaccine on the pediatric population, using emergency use authorization (EUA).
It will begin with children ages 5-11 as early as this fall, and then quickly move to younger children ages 4 and under.
The phase 1/2/3 study will enroll about 4,500 children ages 6 months to 11 years in the United States, Finland, Poland, and Spain at more than 90 clinical trial centers, despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating several reports of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, in adolescents who have received mRNA vaccines.
The children will be given two injections of the vaccine or a placebo three weeks apart. Those ages 5-11 will each receive 10 micrograms, while the youngest age group will receive three micrograms.
The estimated completion date for the study is Sept. 1, 2023, and for the completion of the primary phase, Pfizer estimates March 4, 2022.
The rush by health officials and governments to vaccinate healthy children and adolescents without having adequate safety data is puzzling, considering that the evidence of record shows that Sars-CoV2 inflammation is virtually nonexistent in that age group and has not resulted in any deaths.
However, since it seems that many parents, now subjugated to the hammering media campaign vaccinista without contradiction, have already booked the gene serum for their underage children, it is useful to know more about this company, to which we entrust our health and that of our loved ones.
We are talking about one of the oldest and most prosperous multinational drug companies, in 2017 second in the world by revenue, Pfizer was founded in New York in 1849. Famous for its products such as Xanax, Viagra and the anti-inflammatory Advil, it is also known for the discovery of citric acid.
The New York-based company has faced thousands of lawsuits for injuries and illegal sales practices. It holds the record for receiving the largest monetary penalty in history for a pharmaceutical company, over $2.3 billion.
It turned out, however, that behind the huge profits were also illegal marketing practices: the sale of off-label products (i.e., drugs administered outside of the conditions authorized by the entities predisposed by pathology, population or dosage) and “defective” products that were extremely harmful to health. In 2018, the Reputation Institute (a company that publishes reports on the reputation of companies, based on consumer surveys and media coverage) considered it last in its rankings.
Some of Pfizer’s lawsuits have been dismissed; others are still being investigated by U.S. investigators. A variety of charges have been brought against the pharmaceutical company, from marketing off-label products to personal injury to murder for illegal human experimentation.
One of the most famous cases because it inspired a book and a successful movie, is known as “The Guinea pigs of Kano”, literally the guinea pigs of Kano.
Inspired by those facts, John le Carré, famous author of many of the best-selling spy novels (he was also a secret agent of the Secret Intelligence Service), in 2001 published the novel Constant Gardener (literally, the tenacious gardener), which tells the story of Justin Quayle, a British diplomat whose wife is killed in Kenya because she is a political activist. The man – in an attempt to shed light on the murder – discovers an international conspiracy, supported by a bureaucracy corrupted by the money of a multinational pharmaceutical company that performs illegal clinical trials on the African population for a new generation drug against tuberculosis.
From the book was subsequently made – in August 2005 – a film adaptation: The Constant Gardener, directed by Fernando Meirelles, starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz and produced by Focus Features. The film grossed more than $33 million in the United States and more than $82 million worldwide.
Let’s take a brief look at the facts (also reported in this documentary video broadcast on Rai 3).
In 1996, a meningitis epidemic broke out in the city of Kano in northern Nigeria, causing thousands of deaths. Pfizer sends its own doctors to participate in the humanitarian mission, offering to treat 200 sick children.
Parents didn’t know their children would be given an experimental antibiotic, Trovan, instead of the much better-documented ceftriaxone therapy. But the drug didn’t have the desired effect, so much so that Trovan is no longer on the market today: eleven children died and others became deaf, blind or permanently brain-damaged. So the Pfizer team quickly pulled up stakes, abandoning the sick people who lined up in front of their office to their fate. Only thirteen years later did those families get justice.
The whole affair rose to the forefront of public opinion after a Washington Post investigation in December 2000, sparking considerable international outcry.
From 2002 to 2005, the parents of the Kano victims in Nigeria took a series of legal actions against Pfizer.
In particular, in 2003 the parents of 52 of the victims asked the District Court of the State of Connecticut, USA, for compensation for having unknowingly undergone human experimentation without consent and in a covert and fraudulent manner.
In a series of 4 lawsuits against Pfizer in the US, they lost the case due to the lack of a decision on the merits of the accusation. It seemed that it would not be possible to obtain justice in the US for the relatives of the victims.
However, in January 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Nigerian victims and their families had the right to file suit against Pfizer in the US under the Alien Tort statute or Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA). Under this statute, foreign nationals are allowed to submit cases to U.S. courts for acts, committed outside the United States, against human rights by U.S. institutions or citizens.
This result was achieved thanks to the action of members of the US Congress who presented a report in 2006 to the House International Relations Committee, which defined as “absolutely terrifying” the behavior of the multinational company, asking for the opening of its secret archives.
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 29, 2010 rejected an appeal by Pfizer, which sought to put an end to lawsuits by Nigerian families.
At the same time, the Nigerian government establishes a commission of experts in 2001, but the results of the investigation strangely remain secret.
The children’s families, their lawyers and the media tried for five years to find out the results of the report, but were unsuccessful, until it was published in the Washington Post on May 7, 2006, by a source who asked for anonymity for fear of personal reprisals. The report reveals how Pfizer violated Nigerian law, the International Declaration of Helsinki and the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In 2008, Nigerian judge Shehu Atiku orders the arrests of three Pfizer officials (Ngozi Edozien, Lare Baale and Segun Donguro), for failure to appear in court on criminal charges against the multinational for the 1996 Kano affair. A total of 10 Pfizer individuals have been charged by the Nigerian judicial authorities in 31 separate legal actions.
In February 2009, Pfizer decides to settle its lawsuit with the 200 plaintiffs out of court. To this end, it convenes a meeting between the parties to be held the following March in Rome. After months of negotiations between the pharmaceutical company and the Kano State Government representing the plaintiffs, an agreement was reached, thanks to the mediation of former Nigerian military leader Yakubu Gowon and former US President Jimmy Carter.
On July 30, 2009, Pfizer agreed to pay compensation of $75 million.
The terms of the understanding reached between the federal government and the multinational remain unknown due to the nature of the agreement brokered by the former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Aondoakaa Mike.
In October 2009, moreover, it is announced that the medical records of the victims have been inexplicably lost: they are not to be found either at the Nigerian Ministry of Health or at the Infectious Diseases Hospital where the trial took place.
The announcement of the lost medical records came after the state Attorney General of the Justice Commission Barrister Aliyu Umar confirmed that the state government had received $10 million from Pfizer as part of the settlement of the long-running litigation.
In November 2010, a ceremony was held to lay the foundation stone for the construction of a new hospital in the city of Kano. The new facility is the result of an agreement between the Nigerian state government and the multinational Pfizer, under which the Nigerian government dropped criminal and civil charges against the company for the deaths of children during the 1996 epidemic.
Bending over the pharmaceutical giant were two straightforward lawyers: young Nigerian Etigwe Uwo and Connecticut divorce attorney Richard P. Altschuler. Together they represented the interests of aggrieved African families in a class action lawsuit that is unprecedented in history. At first, Pfizer strongly denied any allegations. Those children, it argued, were not harmed by the medicine, but by the meningitis that killed eleven thousand people during that period.
John Le Carré, who studied the legal case for the writing of his bestseller The Constant Gardener, commented that the story told in his novel “compared to reality is as banal as a postcard”.
Today the situation is different because it has been previously approved immunity for pharmaceutical companies, responsible for producing the experimental vaccine against Covid, so families will not be able to get any compensation in case of damage.
All the more reason to recommend the reading of Constant Gardener by Le Carrè or at least the vision of the homonymous movie.
Reviewed by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
Twitter is a social media platform in steep decline. But there can still be found on it points of light which can be worth following. One of the best of these is @P_BenedictXVI, a twitter account devoted to sharing quotes from Pope Benedict XVI.
This account is run by some anonymous person, but inasmuch as they follow only a select few others, including @MilitarisCath, the official twitter account of the Ordo Militaris Catholicus, I tend to think they are sincerely attempting to present the true Pope Benedict XVI to the world.
Here are a sample of recent tweets:
Part I: On the Habit of Humility
Jesus meek and humble of Heart, make our hearts like unto thine!
On this Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, a meditation on the virtue of humility
by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
As disciples of Jesus Christ we are called to believe in Him and accept Baptism. And when we do so, not only by memorizing the doctrines of the Faith or by being baptised in the laver of regeneration, but by intentionally and actively living them, that is conforming our minds and hearts to them, thus, we are promised the Kingdom of Heaven.
And being promised a Kingdom, means that we have been raised to a royal status.
But alas, most of us forget this. And it has not been preached in many years and decades.
Aristotle said more than 2300 years ago, that the worst form of government was Democracy, and that it ends up in tyranny. Aristotle has been heavily criticized for his simplistic political theories in recent decades but the Scamdemic has proved him once again to be one of the great and most trustworthy thinkers of history.
In Christianity too, our ideal is not democracy. Christ is King and by His grace in the Sacraments we are made heirs of a kingdom. Heaven is not a democracy, but an absolute Monarchy, the justice and honesty of which is guaranteed by the Most Perfectly Honest and Just Ruler, Jesus Christ, Who is God incarnate.
And not only should we recognize that democracy does not work on Earth and is not present in Heaven, so we must acknowledge that the ideals of democracy as regards human character are not the best for humanity nor compatible with Christianity.
For in a democracy there is lauded a chaotic spontaneous liberty, restrained by no morality or hierarchical order. And as such, in a democracy, the individual is urged to manure himself all over, inside and out, with vain glory, pride, avarice, lust, envy, jealousy, intemperance, and worst of them all, toleration of all evil and all forms of chaos, whether they merely upset the public order or require the killing of hundreds of millions of innocents in the name of preserving the liberty or rights of someone else, usually the majority.
But it is quite otherwise in Christendom.
For Christ teaches us that we should and must imitate Him, the King, in His perfect humility. And at the same time, we should imitate Him, our King, in His perfect zeal for spiritual personal righteousness.
Christ is not a Marxist. He did not come to liberate nations from political problems or systems of corruption. He came to save individuals and to call each of us to be honest and just first of all, in our relationship with God and neighbor. And not just a vague hypothetical neighbor, but the ones who live next to our, whom we meet on the sidewalk, workplace, church, store, etc..
As regards the Humility of Christ, here is where most common definitions of humility fail to grasp the reality and essence of the virtue. For we are told that “humility is truth”, “humility is having a true or just appreciation for one’s self”. But these are definitions of the thing as a notion or from without, not how to practice it internally.
And when it comes to an internal virtue, whether humility or purity, its the awareness of how to practice it in the halls of our mind and heart, which is the key to holiness. The same goes with zeal, which is often confused with merely external behavior. So let us consider each more properly.
Humility is the royal garment which merits heaven. Because, “God resists the proud, but to the humble he gives grace”, and without grace, we can do nothing, because grace is a participation in the divine life of Jesus Christ, Who said, “Without Me you can do nothing”.
This means that without humility all our works, howsoever great or good in this world, are without merit for the kingdom of Heaven, because without humility God will resist our works, and see that they come to naught worthy of Heaven. Here is where we Catholics part with the Calvinists and jansenists who believed that exterior works prove the authenticity of a Christian’s faith or charity. Christ Himself warned us agains this, when He said, “They already have their reward”, speaking of the Jews who wore long tassels, blew trumpets to announce their alms giving, preferred the places of honor at table.
And Humility is not just a habit metaphorically, but also spiritually, because it must be the constant manner of comportment of our mind and heart in their consideration of the worth of one’s own self, actions, words, and thoughts.
And here is the real secret of humility which has not been preached or well explained, but which is found in the lives of the Saints if you reflect on their words and deeds and choices in life.
For a humble man does not presume he will be saved. Neither as a pagan, nor as a Christian, nor as a Catholic. Neither as one receiving the Sacraments frequently, or saying many rosaries, or making many pilgrimages or giving alms by measure.
No a humble man is first of all a cautious man, because he recognizes from observing himself that he himself is the greatest and only real threat to his own salvation. In his examination of conscience he finds the cause of sin not in others, nor in places, nor in this or that thing, but in himself and in his presumption to think, speak or act in a way which lead him down the road to sin.
A habitual sinner, considers always that sin is far off. And a petty sinner, is a sinner who always thinks it is not much a deal. But a humble man, seeing even the most smallest fault is worried and troubled, and does not remain in a sentiment of worry, but immediately resolves to fix the problem, just as a man arising from sleep to find the floor of his bedroom covered with sewage would take immediate and intense action to fix the problem or flee from that place.
Thus the habit of humility is a habit of mind, whereby we keep in mind our own wretched habits of inclining into sin and besmirching our soul and this world with our vices and sins and injustices. It is not simply something we do when we go to confession, it is a continual inclination of mind to see all the ugliness of our soul which is there, examining it carefully without the intention of being preoccupied by self, but rather with the intention of conforming oneself to God’s Will and Justice and measuring our wretchedness by These Eternal Measures.
But it is impossible to acquire the habit of humility by our own actions. We are given it in Baptism and we can merit an increase by practicing it. We can recover it in Confession, but rarely do so. We can obtain it by prayer and by the intervention of some saint who has special care for us, for some reason known to God. But it is an extraordinary gift and very rare. And that is why Our Lord warns us, strongly, saying, “Woe!” The path to salvation is narrow and truly few are those who find it. But the paths of pride are many and wide and crowds of souls walk upon them.
The fruit of true humility is seen in a habitual stream of actions, words and thoughts from a soul, which lead it away from the world, the flesh and the devil. If our generation has a problem detaching itself from evil, it is because it lacks humility. The humble soul flees the works of the flesh, the world and the devil. And that means rejecting all the values, interests, endeavors and entertainments and pleasures of men who are carnal, worldly or diabolic. And that is why there are far fare more Saints who were religious monks and sisters, than there are who were layman or secular clergy. Catholics of all ages agreed, but Catholics in modern times, addicted to pride, often down play this, saying that laymen wills save the Church.
But laymen of such pride will never even save themselves! And lead the many to ruin. We have to radically distance ourselves from such errors an d return to God and His will and plans for our sanctification, not just for our salvation. And that means returning to the examples of the Saints of all ages who rejected most firmly such an error. And they knew better, since they knew the root of salvation was in humility.
Moreover, the giver of humility is the Holy Spirit. When He visits a soul, so great is the light of truth, that the soul cannot but be shocked at the utter ugliness and depravity of itself. For this reason, most souls flee the Holy Spirit and make every effort to avoid His presence. And they are so good at this, that they can do so even in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament, on a daily basis.
This gift, this grace, this habit of humility is also a delicate one. For the habits of mind, heart, lips and life which presuppose that I, me, and my own, are important, good, upright, just etc.. each are capable of lethal injections of pride, which kill humility seconds after is generation in the soul. This is not on account of the impotence of God to create it, but on account of the delicacy of humility itself. For just as a great craftsman shows his power and talents in making the most delicately contrived art, which however is easily broken, so the gift of humility is breakable so easily to show its outstanding excellence. This explains why Our Lord said that only children will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, because we must have the delicacy of innocence, to avoid the lethality of pride which kills this essential quality of the noble Christian.
English Summary by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
June 9, 2021 — In the above video, the Italian Senator, Sarah Cunial, in the Senate, here in Italy, lists a long list of medical facts, findings, declarations and published findings regarding the inefficacy of wearing the mask, using the swab test, the inefficacy of the mRNA therapy to reduce risk, in an elegant demonstration that the position of the government of the Italian Republic is now 100% divorced from reality, science and medicine, in its assertions to justify lock-downs, vaccine passports, curfews and movement and employment restrictions and financial penalties.
A government which has banned home cure, which insists on masking young children and permits medical experimentation on them. A government which destroys businesses, family life, tourism, the economy, and which is morally responsible for 10s of thousands of deaths by forced use of intentionally dangerous and irresponsible practices, the deliberate and intentional ban on medicines which cure and save lives, and the cause of the suicide of thousand and the death of hundreds from their terrorism launched on all channels of media for more than a year!
She shames her colleagues by closing in saying, “Morality is doing what is right regardless of what you are told or commanded, Obedience is doing what you are told or commanded, regardless of what is right”.
By “obedience”, she means what St. Thomas Aquinas calls false and excessive obedience.