Covid-19, Vaccines, and Black America. Is there a Nefarious Correlation?

“Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the ‘storm came and the wind blew’.

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.” 

– Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens from The Cornerstone Speech 1861

I felt this was a sobering yet apt quote to commence writing this particular post. I wanted to address this subject concerning the Black Descendants of American Slavery through a lens of knowing our position in the country our ancestors built. I felt this was necessary because in speaking on this subject, one should not approach it from ignorance concerning the history of a certain section of the American population that has endured and continues to endure adversity. 

Several days ago, I was running through posts on social media and came across this comment:

COVID-19 was created in a Lab for the money grab and population control of ADOS. Check out Bill Gates. The media has our people in hysteria as the media pushes covid cases and deaths juxtaposed against declining numbers of flu, influenza, heart disease and cancer deaths. Not buying it, especially a vaccine that hasn’t been tested for at least 20 years. Me nor mine are lab rats!

I wanted to address this comment in a larger conversation concerning this pandemic and the Freedmen Descendant population specifically. There are a lot of Black American people who are in a similar mind space or a more extreme position to cross into the realm of conspiracy theory. I believe that the points of this comment should be dealt with in a nuanced way because I understand where the thought patterns come from with Black America and the medical industry. Now before I begin to address the points in this comment, let’s start from the place where this discourse comes. 

Black Americans have a major distrust of the Medical Industry. Their distrust is not unwarranted. Unfortunately, Black people in America have experienced a number of malpractice mishaps.  James Marion Sims is considered the ‘Father of Modern Gynecology’ who pioneered tools and surgical techniques related to women’s reproductive health. Although he was very groundbreaking in this field, he developed his techniques by conducting research on enslaved Black women without anesthesia. He operated under a false and racist notion that Black people did not feel pain. Today, we know three of the names of the female fistula patients from Sims’s own records—Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey. The first one he operated on was 18-year-old Lucy, who had given birth a few months prior and hadn’t been able to control her bladder since. During the procedure, patients were completely naked and asked to perch on their knees and bend forward onto their elbows so their heads rested on their hands. Lucy endured an hour-long surgery, screaming and crying out in pain, as nearly a dozen other doctors watched. As Sims later wrote, “Lucy’s agony was extreme.” She became extremely ill due to his controversial use of a sponge to drain the urine away from the bladder, which led her to contract blood poisoning. “I thought she was going to die…it took Lucy two or three months to recover entirely from the effects of the operation,”

Sims’s racist beliefs affected more than his gynecological experiments. Before and after his gynecological experiments, he also tested surgical treatments on enslaved Black children in an effort to treat “trismus nascentium” (neonatal tetanus)—with little to no success. Sims also believed that Black Americans were less intelligent than white people, and thought it was because their skulls grew too quickly around their brain. He would operate on Black children using a shoemaker’s tool to pry their bones apart and loosen their skulls.

Moving to another event in Medical Apartheid history, one cannot also forget the Tuskegee Experiment which was an infamous study on Syphilis.  The Tuskegee experiment began in 1932, at a time when there was no known treatment for syphilis. After being recruited by the promise of free medical care, 600 men originally were enrolled in the project. The participants were primarily sharecroppers, and many had never before visited a doctor. Doctors from the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), which was running the study, informed the participants—399 men with latent syphilis and a control group of 201 others who were free of the disease—they were being treated for bad blood, a term commonly used in the area at the time to refer to a variety of ailments.In order to track the disease’s full progression, researchers provided no effective care as the men died, went blind or insane or experienced other severe health problems due to their untreated syphilis.

Cases like these and others like the unfortunate story of Henrietta Lacks whose cells from her cervix were bought, sold, packaged, and shipped by the trillions to laboratories around the world, would absolutely warrant any Black American who descends from Chattel Slavery to run screaming from any medical professional coming within ten feet of them. Even in the 21st century, Black Americans are still experiencing adverse disparities in healthcare driven by lack of health resources in our communities and also implicit biases that health care professionals possess. In an NCBI article entitled Health Disparities: Gaps in Access, Quality and Affordability of Medical Care, Wayne J. Riley MD, MPH, MBA, MACP writes,

“…analysis revealed even more objective evidence of major differences and raised the specter of the role of bias and discrimination with regard to populations with equal access to healthcare. Underscoring the resultant discrepant quality of care experienced by populations as manifested in the appropriateness of clinical care and patient preferences, and the often confusing and challenging nature of the healthcare system and its legal and regulatory environment, are the roles of bias, discrimination, and uncertainty.”

Now in 2020, we are experiencing a global pandemic. Data has revealed that this pandemic, specifically in America, has resulted in 16 million cases and close to 300,000 deaths. According to Satistica, as of December 2, 2020, around 20 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have been among non-Hispanic Black or African Americans (Slavery Descendants mostly). Keep in mind that Black Americans make up roughly 13% of the United States population. This statistic shows that there is a disproportionate number of Covid-19 mortalities in our communities. 

Referring back to the opening social media comment, we see the claim that COVID-19 was created in a Lab for the money grab and population control of ADOS. Looking at the statistics and the histories of healthcare towards Black Americans that I mentioned in earlier paragraphs, that could be assessed as a tantamount correlation. Although this is seemingly so, it is important to note that correlation is not always causation. 

Viruses have been part of  existence even before human evolution. Although viruses have existed before humans, they were not discovered by humans until about 1892, namely by two scientists named Dmitri Ivanoski and Martinus Beijerinck. They first discovered them from a diseased tobacco plant. It was not until 1898 that the word virus was coined. Beijerinck used this term to show the incitant (an inciting agent or factor, as an infectious agent, that is the essential causative agent of a particular disease) of the tobacco mosaic. He showed that the incitant was able to migrate in an agar gel, therefore being an infectious soluble agent, or a ‘contagium vivum fluidum’ and definitively not a ‘contagium fixum’ as would be a bacteria. They were able to bring an unequal but decisive and complementary contribution to the discovery of viruses. Scientists use their body of work to this very day. 

Just as natural selection has shaped the evolution of humans, plants, and all living things on the planet, natural selection shapes viruses, too. Though viruses aren’t technically living – they need a host organism in order to reproduce – they are subject to evolutionary pressures.

The human immune system uses a number of tactics to fight pathogens. The pathogen’s job is to evade the immune system, create more copies of itself, and spread to other hosts. Characteristics that help a virus do its job tend to be kept from one generation to another. Characteristics that make it difficult for the virus to spread to another host tend to be lost.

Take, for example, a virus that has a mutation that makes it particularly deadly to its human host and kills the host within a few hours of infection. The virus needs a new, healthy host for its descendents to survive. If it kills its host before the host infects others, that mutation will disappear. Because of this, we have experienced in history how previous pandemics, like the Spanish Flu, operated in this manner. It specifically killed its host before the virus itself was able to mutate and eventually disappeared. The last recorded case of Spanish Flu was in April 1920.

Another thing to note concerning viruses is the notion that they are or can be created. Now, is it possible to engineer viruses? In my research on this specific subject, the short answer is yes. According to Leslie Snider, a biotechnology instructor at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA, “Not only is it possible to engineer viruses to be beneficial, it is already being done.” Now with that being said, it is important to keep in mind what point Prof. Snider was speaking on. The professor goes on to say, “Viruses have primarily been engineered for use by humans as so-called recombinant (or subunit) vaccines. In this technology, the genetic material of a harmful virus is analyzed to identify the gene or genes that encode the antigens (identifying proteins) that trigger the body’s immune response. These genes can then be isolated and inserted into host cells, usually bacteria or yeast. The host cells in turn manufacture the antigens in large quantities. The antigens are injected into humans and result in the formation of ‘memory’ B cells, which are tailored to the alien antigen, thereby protecting against the disease caused by the whole virus.” The utilization of this technique mostly is used to treat the infectious nature of viruses to a host. 

Currently, there is no proper empirical evidence that engineered viruses specifically have been used en masse to cull or thin specific populations of people. Offensive biological warfare, including mass production, stockpiling, and use of biological weapons, was outlawed by the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). The rationale behind this treaty, which has been ratified or acceded to by 170 countries as of April 2013, is to prevent a biological attack which could conceivably result in large numbers of civilian casualties and cause severe disruption to economic and societal infrastructure. Many countries, including signatories of the BWC, currently pursue research into the defense or protection against biological warfare, which is not prohibited by the BWC. 

Another thing that is undesirable using this tactic is that it would take days to be effective, and therefore might not immediately stop an opposing force. Some biological agents (smallpox, pneumonic plague) have the capability of person-to-person transmission via aerosolized respiratory droplets. This feature can be undesirable, as the agent(s) may be transmitted by this mechanism to unintended populations, including neutral or even friendly forces. Worse still, such a weapon could “escape” the laboratory where it was developed, even if there was no intent to use it – for example by infecting a researcher who then transmits it to the outside world before realizing that they were infected. Several cases are known of researchers becoming infected and dying of Ebola, which they had been working with in the lab (though nobody else was infected in those cases) – while there is no evidence that their work was directed towards Biological Warfare,  it demonstrates the potential for accidental infection even of careful researchers fully aware of the dangers. 

In the overall case of Covid 19 and Freedmen Descendants, I prefer to use Occam’s razor, which is the principle that, of two explanations that account for all the facts, the simpler one is more likely to be correct. The bottom line is that there are far more efficient ways to control a population than using less predictable properties like viruses. Going back to the statistic of 20% of the Covid deaths in America being Black (primarily Freedmen) mostly correlates to the causation of rampant poverty in our communities and the existence of health care disparities that have existed for the most part since the United States has existed. 

As far as Bill Gates and his existence in the this space, I came across a video by The Medical Futurist that addresses this particular Conspiracy:

We as a society have been living under the restrictions of the pandemic since March of 2020. Since this time, different organizations have been working on vaccines. There are over 100 currently in development and one so far has been approved by the FDA. On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. According to their reported data, Pfizer’s phase 3 trial findings concluded that it was ‘95% effective against COVID-19 beginning 28 days after the first dose’. 

The trial evaluated 170 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with ‘162 observed in the placebo group versus eight in the vaccine group’.The trial also found that ‘efficacy was consistent across age, gender, race and ethnicity demographics’; with ‘observed efficacy in adults over 65 years of age’ at ‘over 94%’. The data also demonstrated that the vaccine was ‘well tolerated across all populations’, amid 43,000 trial participants, with ‘no serious safety concerns observed’. The only ‘adverse event’ which was ‘greater than 2% in frequency’ was fatigue – experienced by 3.8% of vaccine recipients – and a headache, which 2% experienced.

Pfizer and vaccine development partner BioNTech utilized a technology called messenger RNA. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into the bodies. Messenger RNA vaccines work differently. Instead, they teach the cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside the human body. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects humans from getting infected if the real virus enters the body. Although mRNA vaccines are new, the technology to develop them is not. Researchers have been studying and working with them for decades.  Messenger RNA vaccines have been studied before for flu, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV). Interest has grown in these vaccines because they can be developed in a laboratory using readily available materials. This means the process can be standardized and scaled up, making vaccine development faster than traditional methods of making vaccines.

 Going back to the foundation comment used to formulate this post, specifically to the point of a vaccine that hasn’t been tested for at least 20 years, exploring the information of mRNA technology being researched for decades and used as of late in the case of Covid-19 is not a giant leap in my eyes. Haven’t we witnessed technology in other realms move from looking one way to another? In my own lifetime, I have personally witnessed computers going from bulky components being scaled down into laptops, tablets, and smartphones.  I have seen records being the primary source of uninterrupted music migrate to MP3’s and streaming services. I’ve also seen personally the use of televisions that were once housed in ornate wooden cabinets to be lightweight flatscreens that can be hung on a wall like a piece of art. 

So far in my probing concerning this subject, I do not believe that Covid-19 was engineered for Freedmen Descendant population control. Even looking at the claim of the virus being created for the “money grab”, the top 30 billionaires that have seen an increase in wealth during the pandemic were not amongst those in pharmaceuticals. That noted, the Pfizer vaccine is reported to be of an out of pocket cost of less than $20 to no cost for a patient. 

Trump appointed Coronavirus vaccine czar Moncef Slaoui, recently urged Black Americans to put aside concerns about the vaccine, saying ‘nobody’s being used as a guinea pig’. As much as I personally have no issue blaming practically everything wrong in the world on Racism White Supremacy, the existence of the Covid-19 virus is not one of them. In the aforementioned cited source of Statistica concerning Covid 19 deaths in America, 55% of the deaths in the United States were Caucasions. With that number, I am not of the mind that a virus manufactured to control my community’s population would have such a high mortality amongst Whites.

I was told by another that touted similar conspiracy theories concerning this virus, vaccines, etc to do my research on said claims and “see for myself” what is happening to my group. I have done my research and I am of the same mind that I was before concerning Covid-19 and Freedmen. Our issues concerning the pandemic are socioeconomically engineered like practically EVERYTHING  we deal with in America concerning our lack of access to what it means to be in proper position as citizens. Next step, as I often implore, is to be politically engaged, not conspiratorial. 

Resources:

Distribution of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) deaths in the United States as of December 2, 2020, by race*

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1122369/covid-deaths-distribution-by-race-us/

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine:

https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine

FACT SHEET FOR RECIPIENTS AND CAREGIVERS:

https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

How Much Will A Covid-19 Vaccine Cost?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/katiejennings/2020/11/17/how-much-will-a-covid-19-vaccine-cost/?sh=1203fcf1576d

Is it possible to engineer viruses to perform specific tasks within a human host–that is, to create viruses that are beneficial rather than detrimental to human health?

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-it-possible-to-enginee/

2 people had allergic reactions to Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot. Here’s what’s in it.

https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-ingredients-allergic-reactions-2020-12

Viruses and Evolution:

https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/viruses-and-evolution

Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk among US billionaires getting richer during coronavirus pandemic:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/12/01/american-billionaires-that-got-richer-during-covid/43205617/

Debunking COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories:

https://medicalfuturist.com/debunking-covid-19-theories/#

Coronavirus vaccine czar urges Black Americans to put aside concerns about the vaccine, saying ‘nobody’s being used as a guinea pig’:

Published by Cynthia McDonald

Hi There! I am a Social Worker certified in Community Health. I currently write a blog concerning the social determinants of health that primarily affect Black Americans that are descended from American chattel slavery,

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