The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Third Shot Boosts Profits

Sep 27, 2021

The U.S. government is offering booster shots for the COVID vaccine as of late September. About 100 million doses will be available in the coming months.

The reason behind this decision, according to its promoters, is that the effectiveness of the vaccine shots we received earlier declines, which can make our bodies more vulnerable to renewed attacks from the virus. The providers who stand to profit from this third shot have provided little data supporting it, according to scientists working on infectious diseases.

Such data could and should have been obtained by systematically tracking large populations for the spread of COVID variants and the populations’ infection and vaccination levels. But the state and the government organizations, like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which should have initiated such tracking at the onset of this epidemic more than one and half years ago, failed. As a result, these organizations currently have hodge-podge information about declining vaccine effectiveness deduced from incoherent data.

Still, pharmaceutical giants are aggressively pushing these booster shots since COVID vaccination is a highly profitable business. For example, Pfizer will make 22 billion dollars from the COVID vaccine sales with a net profit of close to 4.5 billion dollars.

We are again caught between a rock and a hard place. Defective vaccination reasoning is pressing us from one side, and the greedy companies are pushing us from the opposite side. This social system, capitalism, created this trap for us.