Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) told CNBC on Tuesday that he enrolled in Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial 12 days ago, CNBC reports.
Portman told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he signed up for the clinical trial because he wanted to demonstrate that vaccines are important to ending the ongoing pandemic.
“The most important thing we can do right now is get these vaccines out and on the market, and we’ve got to ensure people are actually going to get vaccinated,” the junior senator from Ohio said, on camera from Capitol Hill while wearing a mask. He also emphasized the importance of wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
“It’s one thing to have the vaccines, which I think will be ready by the end of this year, so really in just a month and a half, but we’ve got to be sure that people are willing to be vaccinated,” Portman continued. “So the reason I participated in this trial was because I think the vaccines are so important.”
This comes as virus cases across the United States continue to surge and as vaccine developer Moderna on Monday announced promising preliminary results from its vaccine trial. The recent spike in cases has prompted governors around the country to toughen restrictions on various aspects of life such as restaurants, the size of gatherings, and gyms.
The Buckeye State senator additionally voiced concerns about public opinion polls saying that millions of Americans are skeptical of coronavirus vaccines and thus might hesitate to receive them if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) okay the vaccine candidates for distribution to the public.
“These are FDA professionals. These are scientists that are taking extraordinary measures to be sure that it’s safe,” Portman said. “So, I want to encourage everyone to participate in the trials, if you’re comfortable doing that, but certainly to get the vaccine when it’s available.”
Furthermore, Portman said that so far he feels “great” after enrolling in the trial. He noted, however, that he is unsure whether he received the vaccine or a placebo. “A key attribute of double-blind clinical trials,” CNBC’s Kevin Stankiewicz writes, “is that participants remain unaware of which group they are in, so they do not change their behavior.”
Portman then mentioned that he keeps a diary for tracking symptoms during the trial, urging more people to participate in the clinical trials for the vaccines.
“I keep a diary. Every Monday and Thursday now I report back as to whether I have symptoms,” he added. “It’s easy to go through, and again, I encourage people to do it because the more people that participate in the trials, the sooner they can get to the FDA for emergency use authorization and the quicker we can get it out to the American people.”
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‘Men. Can’t. Get. Pregnant.’ a fight for truth, not dangerous woke agenda
“Men. Can’t. Get. Pregnant.”
It seems logical but logic is a rarity in our world, where even physicians are willing to push fantasy ideology instead of science.
That’s what happened during a House hearing Thursday, when Dr. Bhavik Kumar, medical director for primary and trans care at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, told lawmakers under questioning from Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-GA, “men can have pregnancies, especially trans men.”
Men cannot become pregnant. It’s a dangerous lie.
It is not based on science and wishing it is true doesn’t make it true. It defy’s common sense. Just decades ago making that statement would have been met with laughter or deep concern for the mental health status of the person who made it. Why? Because of science and common sense.
Human reproduction and our sex is determined by sex chromosomes, which are XX for females, and XY for males. Those chromosomes also give us distinctly different appearances as well, no matter what a human being wishes they could be. And yes, there are some people born with ambiguous genitalia, meaning they have both and the Mayo Clinic goes into great detail about this disorder.
However, don’t let common sense stop those who want to make the world believe – especially our young children – that is possible for men to have babies.
What is stunning is that many doctors, like Kumar, have no problem propagating this lie to the public. They are establishing a narrative that is not fact based, scientific or possible. When Clyde questioned Kumar at the House hearing, which was called by Democrat to focus on how restricting abortions can harm patients, he exposed the very bizarre reality we live in.
The hearing appeared to go off the rails after Clyde’s questioning. I’m grateful it did. Why? Because we need to understand that doctors like Kumar, as well as many special interest groups, lawmakers and teachers in our children’s lives and in their classrooms are consistently preaching a woke agenda to push narratives that contradict science, parental rights and reality. Planned Parenthood is a perfect example of these lies and Kumar its general charged with transgender rights is more than happy to push them.
This false agenda devalues human life and it is attempting to take away our identity. I believe its goal is one of social transformation unlike we’ve ever seen in history. Anyone who questions this bizarre ideological narrative is ostracized or labeled intolerant. The fear that one may be seen as intolerant keeps most people from speaking up even when the lie is blatant and absurd.
Sadly, there are too many adults spouting lies. Questioning the lie is enough to get the leftist media machine to swing into high gear – where those who question the lie are censored, banned or public chastised by the radical liberals.
What’s more bizarre is that highly educated doctors that are desperate to be seen as inclusive, or who are themselves truly ideological in their thinking, have no problem ignoring science to push a false ideological narrative.
Even they struggle to explain these bizarre beliefs.
For example, Mariel Young, Phd, said in a tweet in 2021 that “Cis women are people. Trans men are people. Non-binary people are people. Even though most pregnant people are probably cis women, it costs me nothing to acknowledge that others can be pregnant too. And women are in fact people, so…”
What is a woman? https://t.co/HousMGp0r1
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 30, 2022
The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh is doing phenomenal work exposing the very real dangers many children face when confronted by these extremist sexual gender beliefs and dysphoria. Many of these dangers are pushed on susceptible children by adults who have joined the gender dysphoria cult and some who are bragging about the money that can be made with these evasive permanent surgeries, like Walsh exposed in his recent documentary ‘……’
Walsh is exposing that reality behind the extremist ideology.
Walsh’s exposé on Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) transgender treatment on minors, was groundbreaking and shocking. On October 21, Walsh will “be holding a rally at the Tennessee state capitol in Nashville to push for the end of “child mutilation” in the state.”
I’m grateful that Rep. Clyde, Walsh and many others are standing up to the radical left and these very dangerous ideologies. More importantly exposing them to the public. But now each one of us needs to do the same. If we don’t expose the truth and do what’s needed to save our children, our nation and in fact, science – we will only have ourselves to blame when lies becomes the accepted normal.
Join us on October 21 at the state capitol as we rally to end child mutilation across the state. We are going to put a stop to gender ideology’s assault on our children. Come and be a part of the movement.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 30, 2022
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