Are vaccines really that bad? Dr Paul Offit shares his position.

In this episode Constitutional Lawyer Leighton Grey and Paul Offit have a conversation about his experience developing the Rotavirus Vaccine and how vaccine technology has evolved over the last century, whether the MRNa vaccine can be considered a success in a post COVID world, and the connection between Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine and treatment of the COVID 19 infection.

Paul Allan Offit is an American pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases, vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, former chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Offit has published more than 130 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety, and is the author or co-author of books on vaccines, vaccination, the rejection of medicine by some religious groups, and antibiotics.

Offit grew up in Baltimore, the son of a shirtmaker. He went to his father’s sales meetings and reacted negatively to the tall tales told by salespeople, instead preferring the clean and straightforward practice of science. When he was five years old, he was sent to a polio ward to recover from clubfoot surgery; this experience caused him to see children as vulnerable and helpless, and motivated him through the 25 years of the development of the rotavirus vaccine.

Offit worked for 25 years on the development of a safe and effective vaccine against rotavirus, which is a cause of diarrhea, and which kills almost 600,000 children a year worldwide, about half as many as malaria kills; most deaths are outside the West. His interest in the disease stemmed from the death of a 9-month-old infant from rotavirus-caused dehydration while under his care as a pediatric resident in 1979.

In 2002, during a period of fears about bioterrorism, Offit was the only member of the CDC’s advisory panel to vote against a program to give smallpox vaccines to tens of thousands of Americans. He later argued on 60 Minutes II and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer that the risk of harm for people getting the vaccine outweighed the risk of getting smallpox in the U.S. at the time.

Offit and Grey explore the confusing world of vaccine technology and the science behind the development of new medicine, the importance of having open communication and dialogue around the science of health and medicine, and the dangers of the anti-vaccine narrative.

To find more from Paul Offit you can visit: https://www.paul-offit.com/

This episode’s recommended reading:

Vaccinated – Paul A. Offit M.D.

Deadly Choices – Paul A. Offit M.D.

Overkill -Paul A. Offit M.D.

You Bet Your Life – Paul A Offit MD

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