Ben Shapiro, a well-known radio personality, posted a series of shocking tweets in which he accused Pfizer and the federal government of “lying about their stats” and appeared to apologize for prescribing the Covid vaccination to too many individuals, including those who are not at high risk.
He said he “wouldn’t have taken it” himself if he had known then what he knows now.
Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew and host of a conservative podcast, was addressing complaints this past week about his apparent position change on the Covid vaccination.
Didn’t you encourage everyone to get the vaccine, one critic tweeted? and referred to those who haven’t received it as “dopes”? ”
In response, Shapiro said, “When Pfizer and the government were fabricating statistics, I generally advised getting the vaccine.
I suggested it for the elderly and obese as more data became available. All along, I was against mandatory vaccinations.
My business sued the federal government to stop vaccination regulations, risking millions of dollars in fines.
Yes, that is correct, the critic retorted. But in all honesty, you ought to have seen they were lying. It made sense and was logical.
Basic human history has repeatedly shown that big pharma and the government lie and manipulate at every opportunity. Why, therefore, should we take their statistics at face value? ”
Shapiro did not specify which lies he was referring to, but he seemed to explain in a subsequent tweet that he was referring to the assertion that the shot can lower transmission. “To lower death rates, I advised the elderly and fat to get the vaccine.
We were misled about the reduction in transmissibility, so I suggested the vaccine to persons my age. I took it personally because of that. I never told it to children, and my children aren’t immunized.
“I have said on television that if I have known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have taken it,” he added in a subsequent tweet.
It is unclear why Shapiro’s recommendation that a young, healthy person acquire the vaccine would be affected by the government’s (since refuted) claim that the vaccine dramatically reduced Covid transmission.
The majority of high-risk individuals could get the vaccination themselves and would appear to be safe.
Thus, there would seem to be little reason for young people to get vaccinated if the vaccine truly protects those who receive it from contracting Covid.
Furthermore, it is intriguing that Shapiro, who is well aware of how corrupt and prone to lying the government is, appears to have accepted its assertions regarding vaccination at face value.
In either case, Shapiro regrets recommending the vaccine to others and taking the shot himself.
I recommended the vaxx to the elderly and the obese to reduce death rates. I recommended the vaccine for people my age because we were lied to about reduction in transmissibility. That's why I took it personally. I never recommended it for the young. My kids are not vaxxed.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 2, 2023