Fox Information is now actively evangelizing in opposition to vaccinating youngsters for COVID-19, following an announcement from Pfizer that the corporate could be submitting knowledge to regulatory businesses on its examine that it mentioned confirmed “a positive security profile and strong neutralizing antibody responses” in youngsters ages 5 to 11.
Simply to be clear, The Washington Publish factors out that the information should nonetheless be analyzed by unbiased consultants, and the examine was sufficiently small that sure uncommon negative effects may present up solely in monitoring because the vaccine truly will get administered in better numbers. Nonetheless, it’s a hopeful signal for well being care staff, as pediatric circumstances have elevated from the delta variant — with 1.1 million circumstances over the previous 5 weeks — leaving youngsters’s hospitals and intensive care models overwhelmed in states that already had low vaccination charges.
Notably, the rise in youngsters’s circumstances has affected youngsters with no different preexisting situations, and docs have additionally fearful concerning the potential results of lengthy COVID-19 in youngsters. However that was not the message on Fox Information — a community that’s infamous for propagandizing in opposition to the vaccines and celebrating vaccine refusal, even because it has instituted strict vaccination and testing necessities for its personal workplaces.
However any sense of urgency over elevated pediatric hospitalizations was swept underneath the rug on Monday night time’s version of Fox Information Primetime, with rotating host Pete Hegseth.
“Our so-called well being consultants have used the rise in hospitalizations, effectively, as their fundamental argument for the vaccine, lately reporting that since final January, over 58,000 youngsters had been within the hospital as a result of virus,” Hegseth mentioned. “However wait a minute. A examine by the CDC reveals that these numbers might be vastly overcounted.”
Hegseth then distorted a examine from earlier within the yr, which demonstrated a rise on the time in extreme circumstances amongst youngsters. “In accordance with the examine, between the months of January and March of 2021, 45% of youngsters hospitalized for COVID had been truly admitted for one thing fully totally different and simply occurred to check optimistic — but they rely,” Hegseth mentioned, despite the fact that the examine made clear that the rise in teen COVID-19 circumstances was nonetheless an actual development.
As well as, that interval predated the present delta surge, wherein the “the rise in hospitalizations” that Hegseth dismissed has change into an indisputable fact.
“You assume individuals are up in arms proper now? Wait until the federal government comes for his or her youngsters,” Hegseth concluded the section. “Simply wait, simply wait. That is when — particularly with the way in which wherein they’ve dealt with our belief and public belief at this second — I do not see it taking place.”