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White House says US will not join WHO’s coronavirus vaccine effort

White House says US will not join WHO’s coronavirus vaccine effort

A wise decision, given WHO’s coronavirus antics and China’s possible scientific espionage efforts.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has not been the most reliable entity when it comes to tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Between praising China’s contagion-spreading choices, failing to adequately investigate the laboratories in Wuhan that were the likeliest source of the pathogen, and initially denying human transmission was occurring, there were plenty of reasons for President Donald Trump to stop sending American tax dollars to the agency.

Not only funding is being cut, but so are ties. The US will not participate in a WHO-led effort to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine.

President Trump has expressed confidence in US efforts to develop a vaccine and has been harshly critical of the WHO, chastising the international health organization for its “China-centric” approach to the pandemic.

“Under President Trump’s leadership vaccine and therapeutic research, development, and trials have advanced at unprecedented speed to deliver groundbreaking, effective medicines driven by data and safety and not held back by government red tape,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said, The Hill reported.

“The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure we defeat this virus, but we will not be constrained by multilateral organizations by the corrupt World Health Organization and China,” Deere added.

Considering there are serious suspicions that China spied on research related to the coronavirus vaccine, the President’s decision seems wise.

Additionally, scientists now indicate that COVID-19 vaccines developed by both China and Russia share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness.

CanSino Biologics’ (6185.HK) vaccine, approved for military use in China, is a modified form of adenovirus type 5, or Ad5. The company is in talks to get emergency approval in several countries before completing large-scale trials, the Wall Street Journal reported last week.

A vaccine developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, approved in Russia earlier this month despite limited testing, is based on Ad5 and a second less common adenovirus.

“The Ad5 concerns me just because a lot of people have immunity,” said Anna Durbin, a vaccine researcher at Johns Hopkins University. “I’m not sure what their strategy is … maybe it won’t have 70% efficacy. It might have 40% efficacy, and that’s better than nothing, until something else comes along.”

…Researchers have experimented with Ad5-based vaccines against a variety of infections for decades, but none are widely used. They employ harmless viruses as “vectors” to ferry genes from the target virus – in this case the novel coronavirus – into human cells, prompting an immune response to fight the actual virus.

But many people already have antibodies against Ad5, which could cause the immune system to attack the vector instead of responding to the coronavirus, making these vaccines less effective.

In terms of a US vaccine, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn indicates that he’s willing to consider granting emergency authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine before current round of phase III clinical trials have been completed.

… “It is up to the [vaccine developer] to apply for authorization or approval, and we make an adjudication of their application,” Hahn said. “If they do that before the end of phase three, we may find that appropriate. We may find that inappropriate, we will make a determination.”

Phase three trials test a large number of participants to compare an experimental drug to standard therapies and evaluate the overall risks and benefits of the medication.

As part of Operation Warp Speed, several pharma giants (Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and BioNTech, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, Novavax and AstraZeneca) have all received funding to develop and prepare at least 300 million doses by January 2021. Department of Health and Human Services says the vaccines will be given to the American people for free if part of a vaccine campaign.

One prediction I will make, based on this data: The New Year’s Eve parties this year will be spectacular. Everyone wants this year to end quickly…and begin the new one with the worst of the pandemic behind us.


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WHO efforts will be impeded by the requirement that any vaccine for Wohoo Flu must also address global warming.

Does anybody else remember anything about grammar school health class? I think in my unsophisticated, backward state it was either fifth or sixth grade. That was where the foundation was laid for understanding germ theory and the importance of cleanliness.

It seems too many have either forgotten or they were never taught the basics.

Considering the amount of government incentives given to big pharma, and the government protection afforded to them for adverse reactions, these vaccines, which I trust will not be mandatory, will be free to all desiring them. Of course, there are other treatment modalities that can be considered that are not vaccine based.

Every time I bring up germ theory someone calls me a white supremacist.

As for the Moderna mRNA SARS-2 vaccine and also the DNA SARS-2 vaccine in trials, there should be maximum caution before you take either vaccine. Those vaccines will almost assuredly kill some small percentage of people when they go on to actually contact the virus and become infected. Maybe more than SARS-COv2 itself.
A little history:
In 1966, a disasterous trial of infants and a new RSV vaccine candidate. It had produced great antibodies but mysteriously the infants who contracted actual RSV experienced a deadly and accelerated form of disease. At the time blame was placed on formalin/formaldehyde used to render virus inactive. This explanation stood for many years. Then in 2008 new insight suggesting not formalin as cause but “affinity maturation could be a cause of the failure. Affinity maturation is a phenomenon in which antibodies become highly specialized in attacking specific pathogens.”
The simple explanation is when determining a vaccine candidate is promising simplepresence of antigens are looked for. But not all antigens are created equal (T and B).
Then in 2012 a SARS-CoV vaccine test went awry in the same manner, it was a “challenge” trial where vaccine antibodies are observed but then they are deliberately infected with wild virus. In testing, rodents died and the researchers brilliantly noted parallel with 1966 disaster. They ended with a warning not to consider human trials yet.
Yet, somehow, Dr Fauci helped Moderna get a waiver on animal testing.

    IndependentDem in reply to Neo. | September 2, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Neo, I believe that you are certainly right that vaccine trials should move very carefully. However, the Democrats (for political reasons) and the frightened Neds and Nellies who are driving the hysterical response to the virus are demanding a vaccine before the country and the world can return to pre-dempanic normal. For that reason I agree with fast-tracking the trials.

    As a (somewhat) tongue-in-cheek suggestion, I propose that these trials should be mandatory for two groups of Americans: 1) Dem politicians who want to use the force of law to make me wear a mask (even when outdoors), prevent me from attending faith services, surf alone in the ocean, etc., and 2) every person you’ve seen in their car alone, windows rolled up, and wearing a mask. If they can use the law to force the aforementioned activities, then the law can be used to force them to be the guinea pigs for a vaccine which they are demanding as the price to get our country back. If they complain, then to hell with them.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm


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Almost to a line, the vast majority of countries signing up for the “equal distribution plans” of vaccines have zero or very low chances of developing their own expediently. They are basically just trying to pitch tents and camp out at the bread line while paying none of the bills.

Just say no to the ‘Rona vax!

Too bad they’re not as set on figuring out therapeutics as they are with making a vaccine in an unsafe manner.

Birx says Gates, then after that oops she says fed gov about contact tracing. Will we ever get the truth again from anyone?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 3, 2020 at 1:39 am

Never forget.

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buckeyeminuteman | September 3, 2020 at 6:45 am

I definitely will not be taking the Bill Gates vaccine. I’m not an anti-vaxxer; I realize they have done wonderful things for whooping cough, polio, tetanus, hepatitis, measeles, etc. However, this thing is too political and has big government written all over it. FTS!