One of the most polarizing figures in the state, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, is set to participate in a virtual meeting with a leading Pfizer official to look at how to “deal” with Alaskans who decline to take experimental Covid jabs.
On Jan. 25, Zink will join Pfizer’s Vaccine Medical Director Tracy Foo and Elizabeth Ripley, chief executive officer of Mat-Su Health Foundation, for an online discussion called “5 Slides: Overcoming vaccine hesitancy.”
A notice for the event laments that Alaska is now among the lowest vaccinated states in the nation. As of Jan. 15, Alaska was the 17th least vaccinated state with roughly 56% of the state deemed “fully vaccinated.” Nationally, the CDC reports that 63% of Americans are fully vaxxed. This does not include “booster” shots.
Areas of Alaska where residents are less inclined submit to experimental jabs are the Fairbanks Borough (54% vaxxed), Kenai Borough (46% vaxxed), Mat-Su Borough (39% vaxxed), North Slope (37% vaxxed) and Southeast Fairbanks (34% vaxxed).
The event website says the aim of the conversation is to “figure out why, and how to address these low vaccination rates.” In particular, Zink, Ripley and the Pfizer official will discuss what they’ve learned about those who refuse the jab in different areas across the state and “how to overcome this reluctance.”
Zink’s fixation on pushing ever-more Alaskans to get the shot comes on the heels of a new online petition by Alaska Rep. Christopher Kurka asking Gov. Dunleavy to fire her for refusing to acknowledge the effectiveness of alternative COVID-19 preventions and therapy protocols while doggedly fixating on vaccines, including shots for pregnant women and young children.
The upcoming meeting also comes at a time when the vaccines are increasingly failing to stop the spread of the COVID, particularly the Omicron variant. According to a Jan. 14 email from the Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services, in the first week of January Alaska experienced the “largest week-over-week increase recorded in Alaska in terms of the absolute number of cases.”
“The number of new COVID-19 cases has continued to increase rapidly in the most populous boroughs, with weekly case counts in the Municipality of Anchorage and the City and Borough of Juneau reaching record levels,” the email noted.
According to Alaska’s Covid dashboard, Juneau is among the most vaccinated regions of the state, at 74%.
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Given the growing inability of vaccines to stop the virus, there is now rising sentiment in the medical field away from continually vaccinating people with the current shots. The World Health Organization issued a statement late last month noting a consistent decline in vaccine effectiveness.
Additionally, one of Israel’s leading health experts, Prof. Cyrille Cohen, recently stated that Covid vaccines are “not protecting us, are not providing what we call sterilizing immunity.”
Cohen is head of the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Faculty of Life Sciences at Israel’s Bar Ilan University, and serves on the vaccine advisory committee for the State of Israel, one of the most vaccinated nations in the world.
Cohen’s comments were published on Jan. 18 in which he observed that, with the rise of the omicron variant, “we don’t see virtually any difference – a very narrow gap – between people who are vaccinated and non-vaccinated, both get infected with the virus more or less at the same pace.”
Zink’s Jan. 25 discussion runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register here to watch.