Over 80 Republicans voted to expand vaccine surveillance. After the last two years of COVID-19 mandate pushback from many Republicans, it’s a shock to many people that they would vote for legislation that would place the government further into citizen’s medical life.
Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and former President Donald Trump cabinet member, says that “it’s sad to see Republicans do this.”
Carson told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, “It will be used for other things as well. We have to be smart enough to recognize these signs when we see them, stop them, and nip them in the bud before it is too late. It doesn’t take long to change a nation.”
When legislation is passed, it’s already too late to change the minds of politicians because all you can do is brace for impact. Rarely do politicians show their true colors on the debate stage before they’re elected? It’s a roll of the dice to see what their intentions are.
The Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021, which says, “This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take actions to improve data sharing and other aspects of immunization information systems. These are confidential, population-based databases that maintain a record of vaccine administration.”
The United States has been having a problem because unelected leaders run the show. Most politicians aren’t medically trained, so they have to rely on either appointed positions or people who have been hired by the Center for Disease Control or the Department of Health and Human Services.
The cost of the bill is $400 million, down from the $500 million that was initially proposed.
Carson continued, “Governments tend to grow, to infiltrate, and to control. Those are governments that Democrats or Republicans control, or independents or anybody, that’s what governments do.”
It’s going to be challenging to keep the information private due to the electronic nature of the records. As you saw in the summer, President Joe Biden’s administration sent people door to door to raise awareness of COVID-19 vaccines. The information was recorded. There were specific outlines and a script to follow when someone answered the door. It wouldn’t make that go away, and it would encourage that behavior.
The director of technology projects at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jon Callas, said, “Anonymization is hard. There are many ways that information can be de-anonymized and seemingly benign information be correlated. For example, knowing where someone lives and where they work to an accuracy of one mile uniquely identifies about 85% of people. The triplet of someone’s date of birth, gender, and zip code uniquely identifies a similar number of people.”
There’s not a good way to keep Americans’ private information private. It’s been interesting to watch how the COVID-19 infection rate, vaccination rate, and death rate have changed so much, but they also want you to think that your information isn’t being shared.