The extremely creepy Santa-died-from-Covid John Snow Project video has left many both puzzled and outraged. David Bell, for instance, described it in a tweet as “using Christmas to promote pharmaceutical sales”.
But what about not just exploiting Santa and Christmas to promote COVID-19 vaccines, but exploiting Christ and Christianity itself?
Consider the below cover of the German mass-circulation weekly Stern from December 23rd, 2020. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had become the first COVID-19 vaccine to be authorised in the European Union two days earlier on December 21st; rollout of the vaccine in Germany would start the day after Christmas.
The main title reads “Vaccination: An Act of Brotherly Love”. It already thus suggested what would become the underlying premise of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign as the latter gradually morphed into a campaign of not just mass vaccination but virtually universal vaccination: namely, that even persons who are at little or no risk from the illness should still get vaccinated to somehow protect others.
Note how the vial in the Stern cover-image is turned so that “BioNTech” is in the centre and clearly legible, whereas the lettering of “Pfizer” is compressed by the perspective and the curve of the vial. The rest of the world might be confused about whose “vaccine” this really is and mistakenly believe that it is Pfizer’s. But in Germany there was never any doubt that it is BioNTech’s product.
In Germany, the vaccine was thus presented not as God’s gift to humankind, but literally as humankind’s gift to God. And this meant Germany’s gift to God, since it was developed by a German company which, perhaps not coincidentally and as discussed in my first article on BioNTech here, had been promoted and kept afloat by the German state ever since the time of its founding in 2008. Indeed, as discussed in my article, BioNTech’s very founding was sponsored by the German state.
This sacralisation of the BioNTech vaccine upon rollout may help to explain why, while all the other Covid-vaccines which were rolled out at roughly the same time have either been withdrawn from the market (Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca) or had their use restricted (Moderna), the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine has remained entirely untouched by regulatory action. The sacred vaccine has necessarily to be without fault.
Even when some fault is admitted by regulators or in scientific journals, the invariable conclusion is that the benefits outweigh the risks. How indeed could it be otherwise? This conclusion appears to be literal, unquestionable dogma. To question it is to be a heretic and to find oneself censored or banned by a new inquisition.
And note that we are still required to draw this conclusion even though it is now widely admitted, even by the German Minister of Health, that the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine does not provide the benefit it was authorised to provide: namely, it does not prevent COVID-19.
It is impossible to escape the impression that inoculation with the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine has become an end-in-itself. It is a sacrament which the faithful are expected periodically to perform.
Some have tried to explain the remarkable deference towards this drug as an effect of ‘regulatory capture’, and some sort of ‘capture’ must indeed be involved in the USA, for instance. But in Germany, no capture was needed, since the German state has always been the sponsor of BioNTech and its product.
Indeed, as discussed here, the German vaccines regulator, the PEI – which is responsible for batch release of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine throughout the European Union – has acted more like a partner of BioNTech, enabling the development and commercialisation of its drug, rather than an arms-length regulator overseeing it. The outgoing president of the PEI, Klaus Cichutek, who announced his retirement last week, has even published a paper with BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin on developing a Coronavirus vaccine.
Cichutek, moreover, has boasted that “we are the EMA” – i.e., the German PEI is the EU regulator, the European Medicines Agency – “since we’re doing the scientific work there”.
This implies in turn that the German PEI has done the “scientific work” underlying the authorisation of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine not only for the entire EU, but even for a country which has left the EU: namely, Great Britain. This is because the British authorisation is nothing other than a rebranded version of the EMA authorisation, as can be seen here (bottom of page) and below.