Cardiologist Regrets Vaccinating Young, Healthy People At His Clinic: "That Was A Mistake On My Part"
A rare expression of epistemic humility from an influential medical professional.
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“I would not give it to low risk people again…that was a mistake on my part.”
- Dr. Anish Koka
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Epistemic humility has been a rare sighting in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Scientific experts chosen by the government, CDC, FDA, and media outlets repeatedly got the most fundamental, consequential issues fatally wrong.
Masking children, universally locking down, mandating and even recommending Covid-19 jabs to the whole population without an honest assessment of known and unknown risks — the list goes on.
To the surprise of many — including myself — renowned scientists with medical degrees showed their flawed methodologies and devastating fallibility time and time again.
My own interactions with Dr. Nicholas Christakis and Dr. Peter Hotez — both blindly vaccine-supporting gurus chosen by CNN anchors and even mainstream-media-transcending “rationalists” such as Sam Harris — illustrate this well. When given the generous opportunity to change his tune on the fifth (or sixth?) vaccine shot — with fancy “bivalent” technology — Dr. Peter Hotez double-downed on his recommendations and urged young people like myself to get the new shots to prevent severe disease and death.
I know, what is he smoking?!
It’s hard not to be cynical, but thankfully there are still honest, responsible scientists empowered with helping us choose what to do with our sacred health.
Dr. Anish Koka is one of them.
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Early on in the pandemic, Koka was genuinely worried for his family’s well-being given his daughter is immunocompromised. He got himself and his kids vaccinated when the mRNAs became available.
At the time, he was impressed by the original Pfizer and Moderna trials seemingly showing miraculous efficacy and safety profiles. He eventually became a mass distributor of the Covid vaccines at his clinic starting in March of 2021 due to the alarming surge of Covid patients he was treating at the hospital.
For vehement vaccineatics, this should disabuse Dr. Koka from any allegations of “anti-vax” conspiracism before we get into his heretical realizations. This guy is not a kook campaigning against all vaccines for a decade.
Later in the pandemic, Koka realized the stellar vaccine efficacy once celebrated was not quite what it seemed. Koka admitted how Alex Berenson was ahead of the curve in his demonized reporting on the Covid vaccines:
“I remember Alex Berenson being the first one to read the data from Israel and report that the vaccine does not seem like it's long-lasting. Everyone was like, oh, that's ridiculous! And fancy that, Alex turned out to be correct about the fact that protection was small for symptomatic transmission.”
Crucially, Koka’s perspective radically shifted when the cardiac risks associated with the mRNA jabs became painfully clear. In the months following mass-vaccination campaigns, Koka began seeing a rise in patients with myocarditis.
“I certainly saw an increase of cases, like many of us in the cardiology community did. It’s undeniable.”
Having closely examined the vaccine myocarditis data over the past two years, Koka views his administration of the Covid vaccines in young, healthy people a big mistake.
“I was regurgitating the party line and then the data came out.”
He admits the “safe and effective” mantra he took on as part of the pseudo-religious ideology of Covidism at the time was flawed and dangerous.
“Me running around saying it's ‘safe and effective,’ and giving it to 17-year-olds, given that most of the patients that were in the vaccine studies weren't 17-years-old — I wasn't technically correct.”
“I wasn’t correct at all in saying it was safe and effective because there weren't enough people in that group to say that,” he added.
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Thankfully, Koka mostly vaccinated elderly, vulnerable cohorts rather than young people.
“I'm a small player…I think I gave out a total of 800 or 900 vaccines total, maybe five young men. I don't think I vaccinated anyone 15 to 17. There may be some 20 to 25-year-olds, perhaps ten.”
In terms of endangering the cardiac health of young people, Koka says “I got away with it because the [myocarditis] rate is about 1 in 5,000.”
“In the highest risk group, 20 to 25 reals, it may be even lower than that…so yeah, I got away with it,” he added.
However, Koka isn’t under any naive illusions that the studies on strictly clinical myocarditis (which is formally reported) are all that is to worry about. There is good reason to be concerned for further harmful cardiac ramifications.
Talking about an alarming comprehensive Thai study looking at myocardial injury in 13 to 18-year-olds — checking ECGs and measuring troponin levels before and after the second Pfizer shot — Koka stated, “If there's this much cardiac activity — 3 cases of clinical myocarditis and 4 cases of significant troponin elevations out of 300 teenagers — then you wanna be really careful giving this out.”
“I mean, you better be crystal clear about what benefit you're getting,” he added.
The Thai study, if representative, indicates a large number of cardiac injuries on a population-level in young, healthy groups.
“This study tells you if you roll this vaccine out to millions and millions and of 13 to 18-year-olds, you're going to have a significant number of clinical myocarditis cases.”
“This is a very cardioactive vaccine,” he added.
Reflecting back on his response to the pandemic and the distribution of mRNA vaccines at his cardiology clinic, Koka expressed a sobering level of epistemic humility.
“I would not give it to low risk people again,” he plainly said. “That was a mistake on my part.”
The original Pfizer and Moderna data was underpowered in its number of young people, making mass recommendations in younger cohorts all the more reckless and potentially harmful.
“If you can't do a 10,000 patient, 15 and 17 year old trial, then at least give me this data so that I can, as a physician, more appropriately speak to inform the patient - so I can more appropriately do inform consent.”
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The important question is does the fact that Koka wrongly gave the vaccine to younger people disqualify him and make him an untrustworthy medical professional?
The reality is the opposite: unlike the Eric Topols and Sanjay Guptas of the world, medical experts like Koka can admit to error and imperfection in their approaches.
Medicine is never a perfect science. Humans are complex organisms that can’t be boiled down to simple biological machines which can be easily pharmaceutically manipulated.
Many times (not always, of course), the purported medical interventions shown to cure or inoculate against certain health problems — mRNA vaccines and Covid illness, in this case — are light years away from perfect. And we have to understand that.
Patients of doctors like Anish Koka are incredibly lucky to have a cardiologist who doesn’t blindly follow the decrees of the CDC and FDA without making a careful risk-reward assessment.
Hopefully examples such as these can inspire and inform medical professionals across the world to practice true evidence-based medicine without fear of institutional reprisal and politicized attacks.
Some hope may be restored.
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