New York, NY – Alex Berenson – a former New York Times reporter, author, and alleged spreader of pandemic misinformation – ignited controversy while a guest on Tucker Carlson’s show Tuesday night after he told the Fox News host that COVID-19 vaccines are “dangerous and ineffective” against the current Omicron variant and should be taken off the market.
“We’re at a very dangerous moment, Tucker, and I’m not exaggerating. I think this is probably the most important appearance I’ve had with you in the last two years,” Berenson said at the start of the interview. “The mRNA Covid vaccines need to be withdrawn from the market now. No one should get them. No one should get boosted. No one should get double boosted. They are a dangerous and ineffective product at this point against omicron.”
Berenson, who was permanently banned from Twitter in August 2021 for repeated violations of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policies, claimed Tuesday night that the current crop of vaccines are not able to prevent infection by the Omicron variant and are highly ineffective.
“It is completely clear now that the vaccines don’t really work at all against omicron,” Berenson said. “In these highly-vaccinated and highly boosted countries, rates of infection are incredibly high and rates of serious disease and death are also rising.”
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Although medical experts have confirmed that current vaccines are weak against Omicron, they also say that being inoculated against the virus can nonetheless prevent serious illness or death from the variant.
When Carlson asked what he meant when he said that vaccines were “dangerous,” Berenson cited instances of side effects, such as rare reports of myocarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle – and blood clotting, and said that another approach is needed towards COVID before a stronger variant rears its head.
“We’re lucky right now because omicron is not as dangerous as Delta appears overall,” he said. “If another variant comes and we’re wrong-footed like this and it’s more virulent I don’t know what’s going to happen.”