As announced Friday by University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Jay A. Perman, students, faculty, and staff at its 12 institutions will be required to be vaccinated against the CCP virus to begin the fall semester, thus joining institutions that violate the Nuremberg Code, which establishes several international standards aimed at regulating human experimentation activities.

“I’m convinced that the risk of doing too little to contain COVID on campus this fall is far greater than the risk of doing too much. For this reason, I’m requiring that all eligible students, faculty, and staff who will be on our Maryland campuses this fall be vaccinated against COVID. Of course, we’ll comply with all federal and state laws in granting appropriate exemptions for medical or religious reasons,” he said in the Perman statement.

Even though universities are the cradle of scientists, USM authorities seem to have forgotten to analyze some data before making such blunt and controversial decisions as to those just announced that directly affect its 176,000 students, faculty, and staff.

According to data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), college-age students are 870 times less likely to die from a CCP Virus (COVID-19) infection than people 85 years of age or older, the group most at risk of a fatal outcome. People aged 15 to 24 years accounted for 1.7 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States.

Given these data and the fact that the vaccines are still in a trial period with thousands of adverse events reported and hundreds of direct deaths following inoculation, the rationale for why a population that is not at risk for CHBV should be exposed to the vaccine is unclear. 

The central controversy surrounding mandatory COVID vaccination is that the vaccines are not approved as safe vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they are still undergoing testing and are available only under an “emergency use authorization.

Also, the requirement to be vaccinated is a one-time equivalent of what is known as a vaccine passport, a public health strategy that has already been banned in some states such as Florida and South Dakota. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suggested that he might go even further and ban private entities from requiring proof of vaccination.

In addition to the moral questions associated with the risk the University is forcing its students to face, there is the legal issue that is no less controversial. 

After World War II ended, when the Nuremberg hearings revealed that Nazi doctors had forced or coerced prisoners of war and others into risky and even deadly human experimentation, the tribunal helped create what became known as the Nuremberg Code of 1947, which establishes several international standards aimed at regulating human experimentation activities. Most countries, including the United States, adhere to and are party to these regulations.

The first and most extensive principle of the Code sets out the strict conditions for establishing the voluntary consent of those undergoing human experimentation, including that the individual may not be exposed to “any element of force, fraud, deceit, coercion, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion.”

There is no doubt about the fact that if the Universities of Maryland require their students to receive these experimental treatments, it is, by definition, coercive and violates this first principle of the Nuremberg Code, which makes it, at least on this point, manifest misconduct, which also fails to comply with the legal obligations to which the United States is internationally committed.

Another interesting point is that of the sixth principle of the Nuremberg Code, “against disproportionate risk.” This states that “The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.”

Notably, the CDC released data last week in its VAERS system showing “56,869 adverse event reports following COVID vaccines, including 2,342 deaths and 7,971 serious injuries between December 14, 2020 and April 1, 2021.”

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