Plenty of people doubt the efficacy of additional booster shots for each new variant of COVID-10, but comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is voicing his concerns and dividing fans in a way that few other cultural influencers have lately.
Noah is a mainstay in late-night comedy and a favorite of the liberal crowd. He’s a biracial immigrant who succeeded in achieving a career and a fair amount of fame despite growing up in poverty, raised by a single mother in South Africa. But he recently posted on social media that he wondered if Moderna’s push to administer an additional booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to lessen the effects of the new omicron variant might be more of an effort to line Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel’s pockets than an effort to increase public health and safety.
“On the one hand, almost all the Omicron cases have been mild so far,” Noah said in a video clip. “But on the other hand, the guy who stands to gain millions of dollars from new vaccines says we need new vaccines, huh?”
Noah seems to suggest that additional boosters are not necessary, since omicron usually produces mild symptoms. His followers picked up on his tone, with some supporting his healthy skepticism, some decrying him as switching to an anti-vax viewpoint, and others thinking he meant annual boosters are not necessary at all.
Rafael Shimunov, a political activist with a Twitter following of nearly 53,000, attempted to clear up the confusion surrounding Noah’s remarks. He said, “To all the covidiots who think this means Trevor Noah has joined your death cult: you can be suspicious of Big Pharma AND believe in vaccines and science just like you can be suspicious of Big Tech while using your phone to read this.”
Name-calling never helps, but critical thinking and forming independent opinions are always in style. It’s interesting, though, that when a famous liberal commentator suggests we should use common sense and question the authorities pushing vaccines onto the general public, he is praised by liberals.
Conservatives have been saying we should question excessive vaccine use and efficacy for months, and we’re labeled as Satan-worshipping anti-vaxxers. Apparently, common sense is only recognized in those who vote blue.
In his video clip, Noah went on to reassure his followers that he is not picking up the Devil’s pitchfork and going full anti-vax. He said “Now, look, I’m not saying the CEO of Moderna is lying. I’m not saying that at all. I’m just saying I don’t think he’s the most objective source on this topic. I’ll wait to hear what neutral experts say about a new vaccine.”
Ah. He’s waiting for the elusive “neutral experts” to show up and advise the public what to do. Except in the COVID-19 controversy, no one is a neutral expert because A) the virus is still too new for anyone to actually gain expert status in how to treat it, and B) once the fight becomes political, it never goes back. And the COVID-19 battle has been political from the start.
So, do Noah’s comments make me think common sense will prevail and this mask/vaccine mandate/booster/vaccine mandates for kids/WTF are you thinking California craziness will end anytime soon? No. but it’s nice to hear a liberal make sense once in a while.