One would imagine that advisers pitching the president “A National Strategy for the ‘New Normal’ of Life With COVID” would mean we would finally we’d be done with the nonsensical cloth mask mandates and vaccine mandates.
Considering 3.3 million new COVID-19 cases have been reported during a four-day period in early January it’s clear the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” is nonsense.
However, what is being proposed in three essays in The Journal of the American Medical Association is alarming. The group proposes the United States needs to “establish a real-time, opt-out digital surveillance system to monitor all vaccinated individuals for the frequency and severity of adverse effects, postvaccination infections, and waning immunity.”
Ed Morrissey commented that these ideas aren’t a return to normalcy but would make a state of emergency the new normal.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Dr. Michael Osterholm, and Dr. Celine Gounder want to shift all respiratory diseases (like the common cold and the flu) to be classified like COVID-19:
The “new normal” requires recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more. COVID-19 must now be considered among the risks posed by all respiratory viral illnesses combined. Many of the measures to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (eg, ventilation) will also reduce transmission of other respiratory viruses. Thus, policy makers should retire previous public health categorizations, including deaths from pneumonia and influenza or pneumonia, influenza, and COVID-19, and focus on a new category: the aggregate risk of all respiratory virus infections.
They also propose vaccine passports for life:
In addition, to facilitate verification of vaccination status and to better track postvaccination infections, there needs to be an electronic vaccine certificate platform. Relying on forgeable paper cards is unacceptable in the 21st century. Current state immunization information systems are incomplete, fragmented, and not interoperable, hindering national efforts to control the virus. A national electronic vaccine certificate platform is needed, such as the SMART Health Card, that ensures interoperability across states and countries, safeguards individual privacy, and is based on open-source technology publicly available for vetting to help satisfy any concerns over government surveillance. While controversial, this is not unprecedented. State and national databases are in use for other information, including for driver’s licenses, Social Security, voter registration, and specific health purposes, such as organ donation.
All of this is setting off serious alarm bells.