If you don’t know by now who Dr. Paul A. Offit is, then you live under a rock and need to read more. That, or you are new to the “vaccine wars.” If these were actually “wars,” then Dr. Offit would be one of the top generals. He is bright, well-qualified, an excellent speaker, and knows what he’s talking about. He co-developed a vaccine against rotavirus, a nasty intestinal bug that has been responsible for the deaths of children worldwide.
Imagine for a moment a hot day in the summer with, say, 100% humidity and temperatures in the low 100’s. Do you remember how thirsty you were on a day like that? Now, imagine being that hot, that thirsty, and having all the liquid in your body be exiting you through your rectum at an accelerated rate. Pretty bad, huh? We’ll come back to this in a moment.
Dr. Offit and his colleagues developed a vaccine against rotavirus. Of course, he made some money from that vaccine. My uncle rebuilds classic cars. It takes him forever to rebuild them, and then he sells them for a profit. It took years for Dr. Offit to co-develop the vaccine, and it took more years to bring it to market and out to the world. Of course he made money from it. But we’ll come back to that in a moment. Continue reading