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Marjorie Taylor Greene Proposes That COVID-19 Vaccines Should Be Illegal To Fund

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The COVID-19 pandemic has placed vaccines at the forefront of global public health efforts. Government agencies, research institutions, and scientists are working fast to develop vaccines to control the spread of the virus.

However, there have been heated debates surrounding the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. One notable figure in the argument is Republican congresswoman Majorie Taylor Greene.

Greene has been vocal about her skepticism toward COVID-19 vaccines and has raised concerns about vaccine mandates. The Republican, a member of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, shared her ideas on what the Committee should focus on.

On Wednesday, she posted on X calling on lawmakers to boycott labs that create vaccines as the cure for manmade viruses. “Every committee has a legislative purpose. Our @COVIDSelect committee should pass legislation to ban funding to labs that create viruses to kill people and create vaccines as the cure for the man-made lethal viruses,” Green stated. “That’s not science. Those are bio-weapons. This should be illegal.”

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Greene’s proposal came after the United States decided to stop federal funding to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in July. This action came after a thorough review by the Department of Health and Human Services determined that the WIV did not meet federal regulations.

However, with many labs worldwide developing vaccines, it is unclear which lab should be boycotted. Donald Trump’s administration first initiated the funding for COVID-19 vaccines. The administration launched Operation Warp Speed to speed up the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. 

It received funding through the CARES Act 2020, providing approximately $10 billion to support the development and deployment of vaccines. Other labs at Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, a lab at the Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, etc., joined to combat the pandemic.

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Critics have argued that Greene’s proposal could have far-reaching consequences on public health efforts. According to immunology expert Paul Offit, the development of vaccines is built on a mountain of work. “The notion that there was a lab that made this vaccine, or even a couple labs that made this vaccine, it’s not right,” he said.

Offit believes that restricting what labs can research can affect the scientific community. He stressed that scientific progress relies on the freedom to explore various avenues of research without unnecessary restrictions.

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“I was fortunate to be part of a team that created the rotavirus vaccine, and that was a 25-year effort that involved probably 200 labs worldwide,” Offit said. “We would have international meetings, like what’s happened here with mRNA technology, where you would have people from all these countries sending their data and trying to make sense of this until finally a vaccine emerged. “There’s no shutting that down unless you just want to shut down the entire scientific process,” he concluded.

Greene’s supporters have defended her right to express dissenting views and advocate for individual choice in healthcare decisions. They agree with her stance, seeing it as a way to protect personal freedoms and limit government intervention in healthcare decisions.

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