Washington, D.C. — President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring all federal employees and contractors and healthcare workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. To counter the pandemic, workers are encouraged (read: required) to get vaccinated through employment, but the move has faced backlash for encroaching on people’s right to self-determination.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) criticized a looming vaccine mandate, claiming it violated a medical code from the 1940s that dealt with medical crimes against humanity. (To some extent the Nuremberg Code has been superseded by the Declaration of Helsinki )
Ahead of Biden signing the executive order, Greene posted on Twitter, “We don’t take orders from fascist in my office,” adding, “Remember the Nuremberg Code Joe?“
Physicians performing human experimentation must follow 10 Nuremberg Code provisions. Globally accepted, it includes the need for that whole pesky ‘voluntary informed consent’ thing, designed to help the good of society and avoid unnecessary suffering.
It was born out of the Nuremberg Trials, which held Nazis responsible for their war crimes. That included doctors who carried out medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners that frequently resulted in horrible suffering and unnecessary death.
Truthfully, the Germans weren’t the only ones that did this.
Greene told Newsweek she’s had many people share their concerns about “fascist-style mandates” Biden and Democrats are “forcing on the American people” and how it relates to the Nuremberg code.
“Mandates aren’t necessary when we have such effective treatment options. The federal government should do everything in its power to make these treatments readily available to the general public,” Greene said. “I support freedom and people’s right to make medical decisions over their own bodies.”
Many have rejected the Nuremberg Code as a valid argument to oppose vaccine mandates, but Greene isn’t the only one to cite it. Unfortunately, it’s not a law in the United States; experts discredit the argument on the basis that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is not the same as participating in a medical experiment.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recently granted full approval to Pfizer‘s COVID-19 vaccine for use in people who are at least 16 years old. The country could open to more mandates if COVID-19 is the first vaccine to receive the distinction because companies would be less concerned about lawsuits.
While Greene argued that people have a “right to choose to participate or not” in vaccinations, legal experts disagree. It’s unclear if a president has the authority to enact a nationwide mandate, but experts told Newsweek that states can implement the requirement, as can businesses in states with at-will employment. And it is AMAZING how many companies will ‘voluntarily’ comply when the Labor Board begins their crackdowns.
In April, Greene introduced the “We Will Not Comply” Act, which would bar the enforcement of vaccine requirements. It garnered support from 11 Republicans but has never moved through the House. If it comes up for a vote, it is unlikely to pass under a Democratic majority in Congress– especially with the complete lack-of-spine most House Republicans seem to be exhibiting.
In an attempt to draw attention to the ineffectiveness of the public health measure, Greene has actively promoted the concept of people getting COVID-19 after they received vaccines. Vaccines are not 100 percent effective, which explains why advancements in research are expected, but the vaccine does appear to significantly reduce accident-related hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.
It should be noted that any medicine that reduces the symptoms of a condition, rather than acting as a prophylactic against even getting the illness is, by definition, not a vaccine.
This argument has been invalidated as a result of the CDC changing the definition of “vaccine.”
It is still attributed to unvaccinated individuals that hospitals continue to experience spikes in admissions associated with the Delta variant, however. This is being reported by the same folks that have classified pretty much any death in the last 18 months as being from COVID. Increasing patient numbers have forced hospitals to turn patients away or place them in makeshift treatment areas, raising concerns about the care providers’ ability to care for patients.
As of today, only 64 percent of American adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and Biden’s six-point plan aims to increase vaccination rates.
“We know that increasing vaccinations will stop the spread of the pandemic, will get the pandemic under control, will return people to normal life. That’s what our objective is,” press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.
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