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High Ranking Academics Call Bull On Researchers Claiming Only Dumb People Didn't Get Vaccinated
"Amazed and Appalled"
A group of high-ranking Israeli academics have issued a statement in response to a new study that claimed people who are smarter and fitter are more likely to get “vaccinated” against Covid.
The study entitled, “Are intelligent people more likely to get vaccinated? The association between COVID-19 vaccine adherence and cognitive profiles”, was published in Science Direct on the 7th September 2023.
The leading author Meital Zur, Head of Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering & Medical Supplies Branch at Israel Defense Forces, and her fellow researchers reviewed data of some 185,061 military personnel collected during the 13 months of the Covid vaccination campaign. They then compared it to general intelligence scores and medical fitness reports.
They concluded general intelligence scores and physical fitness had a strong correlation with vaccination adherence among young adults. In short, the smart and fit were more obedient when it came to adhering to mass Covid vaccination campaigns.
To say there were some serious flaws in their methodology, however, would be akin to saying the Earth is round (wait...)
For one, Zur and co used a vaccine adherence definition that was based on Israel Ministry of Health guidelines (IMOH), an Israel-specific policy. So extrapolating their findings to the broader population is daft at best and manipulative at worst.
Second, the study appeared to compare 14,934 unvaccinated military members to 170,127 vaccinated (differing in number of doses). In other words, the pool of vaccinated people was much larger, distorting the data as an objective comparator - the larger the pool of people, the higher the chance of including those with higher IQs.
Third, they failed to account for the inherently agreeable nature of military personnel, further compromising the sample's representativeness, as well as neglecting the impact of coercive measures imposed by the Israeli military hierarchy.
Israeli academics’ echoed similar sentiments in their statement, per their own words:
“this is a cohort study that attempts to prove a connection between intelligence and compliance with medical treatment, in this case - mRNA vaccine against CARS COV2. As a reminder, this aforementioned medical treatment was approved with an emergency approval only, and was distributed in Israel while exerting significant coercive measures on the entire population, and in particular on IDF soldierrs, to participate with the vaccination efforts. These measure included various benefits for the vaccinated alongside overt and covert sanctions on the vaccine hesitators. Therefore, the treatment was provided under informed consent only partially, if at all”.
At this point, “agreeable people who score well on a certain test are more likely to be coerced into taking a vaccine” seems like a more apt title...
The statement continues:
“... weighty ethical questions arise regarding the degree of voluntariness of the experiments’ participation in the research published. Therefore, as a first step and without prejudice to further rights, we asked the researchers to urgently hand over to us the complete protocol of the Helsinki Committee that approved the conduct of the study, or alternatively, the exemption from it given by the committee...”
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the only recent study to reach such a conclusion:
As The Naked Emperor deftly outlines in their piece, studies not confined by ridiculously narrow samples have found the exact opposite:
It seems appropriate to end on the fact that the authors declared they have “no competing financial interests or personal relationships” that could influence the work when the lead author, Meital Zur, works for the Israel Defense Forces - the military.
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