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Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott requesting he direct the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to immediately stop state distribution and state promotion of COVID-19 vaccines to children under four years old and to take all other “necessary steps” to make sure young children are not subjected to the vaccine.

The letter, which states the FDA extended emergency use authorization of the vaccination for children as young as six months old, points out that “by all objective standards” the COVID “’emergency’ has long been over.”

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“Why did one-third of the children in the FDA’s authorization trial fail to complete the trial,” the letter asks. “Why was approval given when the manufacturer’s own studies showed zero benefit for children? Why did the trial ignore children who had already contracted COVID-19? Why was there no evidence that the chance of hospitalization and death was lowered for a child who had already contracted COVID-19 and then received the vaccine? Why was ‘immuno-bridging’ used to apply data from young adults to children aged six to twenty-three months? Why did the trial show no reduction in severe illness, but instead showed as much as a 30 percent increased chance of contracting COVID-19 after the first dose?

“These questions, and many others, have already raised alarms across the country and here in Texas as well. At this time, it is impossible to know both the short-term and long-term impact of these vaccines on young children, especially infants less than a year old.”

Representative Bryan Slaton sent the letter, which was signed by some of his colleagues.

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