“COVID-19 may be ‘just a few mutations’ away from being able to evade vaccines.”
I think the time has come for a serious conversation about what a vaccine is and what it is supposed to do.
By definition, a vaccine is “a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease.”
If your product is not conveying immunity, then can your product be considered a vaccine?
For example, when I was a young girl, I received the measles vaccine. Did you know that the World Health Organization recognizes four predominant measles genotypes currently circulating worldwide? They are D8, B3, H1, and D4. When you include the variants within those genotypes, there is 24 total.
How many times have I gotten measles? Zero.
How many boosters have I received? Zero.
How many people did I infect with measles after my vaccination? Zero.
I get my flu shot annually because there are many different strains (variants that have mutated so much that have become physically different). Therefore, a regular vaccination makes sense. But I have never given someone the flu after my annual dose.
Therefore, when the experimental vaccines arrived, I had hoped that I would not be at risk of infection. But the reports of 5,500 breakthrough cases with these vaccines have me concerned.
That worry is enhanced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), explaining that the coronavirus is “just a few mutations away” from beating the vaccine.
COVID-19 may be “just a few mutations” away from being able to evade vaccines, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned Tuesday.
Walensky said the current vaccines are effective against severe cases of the coronavirus, including those caused by its known variants, but its continuing spread could allow the disease to mutate beyond the immunizations’ protection.
“The largest concern that I think we in public health and sciences are worried about is that virus and potential mutations … [have] the potential to evade our vaccine in terms of how it protects us from severe disease and death,” Walensky said at a press briefing.
“Right now, fortunately, we are not there. These vaccines operate really well in protecting us from severe disease and death. But the big concern is the next area that might emerge, just a few mutations potentially away, could potentially evade our vaccines.”
I suggest that, just perhaps, it is not the viral mutations that are the reason for the failures. Instead, the experimental vaccines are not performing as vaccines should. The current formulations should be viewed more as therapeutic agents. They appear to alleviate the worst of the COVID symptoms and enhance the chances of survival in severe cases.
I am not upset about the fact. Speedy vaccine development was an unusual response to a new pathogen that was likely bioengineered by China. I was happy to participate in the experiment, but clearly, the time has come to rethink the approach to COVID-19.
However, the current administration is doubling down on vaccines. I suspect that once President Donald Trump was defeated and the vaccines distributed, the virus was supposed to disappear promptly, and Team Biden could declare victory.
That’s still the war plan they are using.
Biden said on Tuesday he was weighing whether to require all federal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the nation faces surging infection rates and hospitalizations caused by the rampant Delta variant.
He spoke just after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should go back to wearing masks indoors in regions where infections were on the rise.
The moves illustrate how far the nation is from the ‘summer of freedom’ that Biden promised just last month.
Biden was asked about mandatory vaccinations for federal employees during a visit to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
‘That’s under consideration right now,’ he said, ‘but if you’re not vaccinated you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.’
Brow-beating people certainly isn’t likely to inspire them to get vaccinated. And if the CDC says mutations will render them ineffective and vaccinated people have to be masked, why would anyone bother to get a vaccine…that is experimental.
As a bonus, the administration is also renewing the mask guidelines for vaccinated people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Tuesday that people vaccinated against the coronavirus resume wearing masks in schools and in public indoor spaces in parts of the country where the virus is surging, marking a sharp turnabout from their advice just two months ago.
The pandemic in the United States is very different than it was in May, when it seemed as if the worst was in the past. Confirmed cases are surging in parts of the country with low vaccination rates, and there are more reports of breakthrough infections with the highly contagious Delta variant in fully immunized people.
As there appears to be no move to change the war plan against the virus, I predict a surge of infections, followed by a decline…followed by another surge and decrease with the following variant. This cycle will repeat until significant changes to strategy occur.DONATE
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