WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) confronted Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel Wednesday on the safety of his company’s mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine, particularly mounting evidence linking the shot to increased risk of myocarditis.
The Daily Caller reports that during the Senate hearing, Paul asked, “is there a higher incidence of myocarditis among adolescent males ages 16-24 after taking your vaccine?” Bancel started a non-responsive answer but was cut off by Paul, who reiterated that he wanted a “yes or no.”
“The data … has shown there’s less [risk] for people who get the vaccine versus people who get the COVID infection,” he said.
“That is not true,” Paul responded, citing six research papers on the subject. “The fact that you can’t say it in public is quite disturbing. Do you think it’s scientifically sound to mandate three vaccines for adolescent boys?”
“I’ll ask you this question: your 16-year-old had COVID, your 16-year-old gets better and now has recovered from COVID,” Paul asked. “You vaccinate them and they get myocarditis, are you gonna give them two more vaccines? Your child, give them two more vaccines?”
Bancel once again attempted to demur, stressing that he was “not a physician,” but eventually confirmed that he vaccinated his children “three or four times.”
“The CDC said if your 15 or 16-year-old gets COVID, recovers, takes the vaccine and gets myocarditis, is hospitalized with elevated heart enzymes and is very sick, the CDC says as soon as he gets better, vaccinate him again,” the senator said. “Do you know how many American parents think that’s a rational, reasonable thing to do? Do you know how many countries don’t do this for children?”
“You sit here and act like you’ve never heard of myocarditis and you don’t think it’s an increased risk for young, adolescent males when all of the studies who isolate people out, by age, have found that yes, there’s an increased risk after taking your vaccine,” Paul added. “Pfizer too but worse with Moderna.”
Bancel eventually acknowledged that the shots carried some myocarditis risk, but insisted that the risk from COVID itself was still higher.
Many Americans continue to harbor safety concerns about the COVID shots, which were developed and released in a fraction of the time vaccines usually take under former President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed initiative. The federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting system (VAERS) reports 34,725 deaths, 194,495 hospitalizations, 18,820 heart attacks, and 26,636 myocarditis and pericarditis cases as of March 10. An April 2022 study out of Israel indicates that COVID infection itself cannot fully account for the myocarditis numbers, despite common insistence to the contrary.