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People Have Noticed the COVID Boosters Aren’t Very Effective

People Have Noticed the COVID Boosters Aren’t Very Effective

In wake of Covid-19 JN.1 Variant, CDC pushes booster shots anyway.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is trying to gin up angst over the latest covid variant.

The World Health Organization classified the variant, JN.1, as a variant of interest on Dec. 19, a step below variant-of-concern status. The variant could cause an increase in cases amid a busy season for other infections, the WHO said, but isn’t expected to increase strain on health systems more than the other circulating Covid-19 strains.

JN.1 emerged in August, according to the WHO, and is an offshoot of the original Omicron variant. It is a descendant of the variant BA.2.86, nicknamed “Pirola,” which caused some concern among scientists but didn’t end up taking off.

Compared with BA.2.86, JN.1 has a single mutation difference in the spike protein, the WHO said.

“It looks like the mutation in the spike protein probably gives it some advantage,” said Emily Smith, an epidemiologist and infectious-disease expert at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.

The current director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pushing the covid booster shots it the wake of the usual seasonal rise in respiratory infections.

“Covid is causing the most hospitalizations and deaths of all the viruses, but it’s not seeming to be more severe than what we were seeing last year at this time, which is good news,” Cohen said.

However, the JN.1 variant — which accounts for around 21% of Covid cases nationally — could accelerate the virus’ spread. Cohen said the variant appears to be more transmissible than other circulating strains, though vaccines should still offer good protection.

“That’s exactly why we want folks to get the updated Covid vaccine, because it does map to the changes that we’re seeing in the virus,” she said.

However, people have noticed the booster shots do not work as advertised. And the fact there is no discernible seasonal pattern to infections is also not helping the case for an “annual preventative shot,” as the pharmaceutical companies had planned.

One challenge facing the fall booster campaign is the lack of a seasonal pattern for Covid. With the flu, there’s a predictable seasonal pattern and getting a shot in the fall can protect the vulnerable through the worst of the winter wave. By contrast, Covid continues to show surges of activity all year.

But the bigger problem is the quality of the new Covid boosters. Past boosters have offered weak, fast-waning protection against infection. And there’s little evidence that they prevent transmission. The CDC is still arguing that they prevent spread of the virus, but some respected infectious disease experts call this incorrect. Some experts also argue there’s no evidence that giving young people multiple boosters does anything to lower their odds of infecting grandma or grandpa.

…There’s another problem facing Covid booster campaigns: the fast evolution of the virus and the stubborn tendency of our immune systems to insist on fighting the original variant, since that’s what we were first vaccinated against.

This stubborn tendency is called imprinting, and may explain why so many fully vaccinated, multiple-boosted people have gotten omicron not just once but sometimes two or three times. It also explains data showing that the bivalent booster offered in 2022, with components of the initial strain and omicron, didn’t produce any more omicron-neutralizing antibodies than the original booster.

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The original shot stopped the original variant but it’s been downhill from there.

    Joe-dallas in reply to rhhardin. | December 22, 2023 at 8:49 am

    Emails to Fauci in October of 2020 (before the initial rollout) informed Fauci and the head of the CDC that the mechanism in the vax was not going to stop the transmission or getting the infection. apparrently, the the virus attached to a specific location in the cells in the lungs, and it was 1-2 days before the vax would kick in to fight the infection.

    there is also conflicting data on whether the vax reduced the risk of hospitalization and death. Most of the stats show that the vax did reduce the rates of hospitalization and death. However, there appears to be flaws in the underlying data, which raises the question on the accuracy of the underlying data.

      rhhardin in reply to Joe-dallas. | December 22, 2023 at 8:56 am

      The original variant disappeared by May 2021, is the contrary data. You don’t have to prevent the infection but just reduce its transmission rate enough that the next generation of infection is smaller than the current one. Then it mathematically dies out.

        alaskabob in reply to rhhardin. | December 22, 2023 at 10:48 am

        The was the must ballyhooed “herd effect” that didn’t happen. Now the boosters are requiring the body to expend resources on worthless immune responses.. Time to quit recycling old rationalizations .

          ChrisPeters in reply to alaskabob. | December 22, 2023 at 1:06 pm

          The original shot was effective only as a control device for the citizens. It was an utter failure from a health standpoint.

        chrisboltssr in reply to rhhardin. | December 22, 2023 at 4:56 pm

        The original variant “disappeared” 🤣🤣🤣. Yep, viruses just “disappear.” 🤣🤣🤣

    gospace in reply to rhhardin. | December 22, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    No, the original shot didn’t stop the original variant- which, if it were original, wasn’t a variant…

    The numbers are out there. Long run- zero effect.

    Breakaway Books in reply to rhhardin. | December 23, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    No it didn’t. By the very nature of how these kinds of viruses replicate, EVERY single time a new person is infected, the particles that they shed are a new variant. T

Very silly article. Have you seen the earnings estimates for Novavax. They are skyrocketing. I would say the new boosters are very effective.

    herm2416 in reply to LeftWingLock. | December 22, 2023 at 8:35 am

    I see.
    You equate sales numbers with effective vaccines. Odd comparison. Perhaps they sell an ineffective product to the gullible?

    While that may be true, it was not the point of this article.

    Pfizer stock is trading at nine-year lows, precisely because of the company’s lower than expected “vaccine” revenue, and, dim future sales projections. The trend reveals that people are not getting these shots.

    Yeah, sure. I bet your are thoroughly convinced that “new and improved” is a real thing in advertising.

      JOHN B in reply to Dimsdale. | December 22, 2023 at 5:17 pm

      All the new ads show people smiling about Covid spreading again and they are cheerful that people. may be tricked into getting the shots again. .

      In addition to being criminally false, these ads are just plain embarrassing..

        henrybowman in reply to JOHN B. | December 23, 2023 at 2:42 am

        Hey, don’t forget the new Vax Pod challenge!
        COVID! Flu! RSV! Monkeypox! Shingles!
        Who will be the champion who gets the most vaxes on the same day?

    Huh? Novavax stock price is down 98% from it’s Covid-mania peak.

    Holy shit. We’re at the point that the effectiveness of The Science™️ is based on earnings.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to LeftWingLock. | December 23, 2023 at 12:03 am

    Novavax is a non-mRNA vaccine for Covid-19, “approved” (finally — ed) by FDA in October 2023.

    This protein-based — meaning the legacy tech with a track record — vaccine secured approval to different standards than the “emergency use authorization” provided for the nRNA jabs. The current versions of Pfeizer and Moderna mRNA jabs were “approved” about the same time. That’s “version” — the mRNA jabs change with each variant, chasing mutations in the spike protein.

    Actually getting Novavax in upState NY is encumbered with both approvals and limited availability.

    Whatever the gross projected revenue for Novavax, I’d be curious to see them compared to mRNA jab numbers, past and present. Also, I’m curious about backtracking the per-jab fee provided the delivery plans, and the manufacturers for the “free” Rona jabs back in the day.

    One entry point:

    What an odd thing to express. You must not be a lawyer.

TikTok and viruses.
Strange weapons you have there, China.

Covid has been a non-issue where I live for some time now. People are too busy staying warm and making ends meet to obsess over a glorified flu bug and a worthless “vaccine”.

The CDC can recommend all they want. The drug companies can advertise all they want. But the decision as to whether a shot is in one’s best interest is up to them and their doctor. Doesn’t matter what concerns some scientists may have, doesn’t matter what motivates WHO and CDC’s bureaucrats, and it doesn’t matter whatsoever what effect everything has on the bottom line of the drug companies.

Thanks for your concern but mind you own damn business, governments.

The only ‘good’ to come from our Covid experience has been to:
1. ID those who were all in on trusting Pharma and govt to fix a problem
2. ID the politicians/bureaucrats all in cheerleading the application of govt coercion (force) to curtail individual rights and freedoms

More than a few folks have noticed who stood on the side of big govt and who didn’t. Unfortunately some still insist on making excuses for their own stance, the actions of the government or those of their favorite politicians. Hopefully as time goes by more folks will drop their ideological blinders and recognize this episode for what it was; a period of hysteria used to demonize the rational by those committed to rule by experts. Don’t forget who was on which side of the divide or how much they despise us.

    alaskabob in reply to CommoChief. | December 22, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    Yep… the cockroaches scurried into the light thinking that they owned the place. Turns out a lot of once “trusted” members of professions showed their inner corrupt self.

    Since the Left is Hell-bent to erase history and leave no room for reconciliation, it may be time to reacquaint ourselves with the battle contingencies of Stonewall Jackson.

    healthguyfsu in reply to CommoChief. | December 22, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    Something tells me you wouldn’t have unanimous up votes (including mine) if all commenters realized that you were calling out both Trump and Biden.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to CommoChief. | December 23, 2023 at 12:37 am

    … and blew a gold-plated opportunity for the citizens to learn a lot about viruses, disease, general biology, health care practices, health care delivery, and statistics.

    Low-hanging fruit, we could have gotten way smarter about home care of respiratory viruses. (Not like those happen all the time … oh, wait.)

      henrybowman in reply to BierceAmbrose. | December 23, 2023 at 2:47 am

      Why would you want to do that?
      Isn’t it way cooler to have a hospital ship parked on your lawn?
      “To the Peter-Copter!”

      CommoChief in reply to BierceAmbrose. | December 23, 2023 at 8:32 am

      Kinda. Lots of us looked at the ‘Rona and wondered just what all the fuss was about b/c none of the govt solutions made any sense based on simple HS level knowledge. Some weren’t in a good position to refuse the insanity; the mortgage, car note, utilities gotta get paid and food gotta go on the table.

      As time went on and the failure of the govt ‘solutions’ became more and more clear; jab efficacy low, masks and 6ft social distance revealed as placebos, lock downs causing far more harm than any potential benefit a larger number of folks noticed the public health bureaucracy and political cheerleaders were full of crap.

      IMO, that’s a bigger problem than the ‘Rona b/c these totalitarian impulses and mass power grab using an ’emergency’ as the excuse has seriously undermined trust in our institutions. While many of were cynical and jaded about big govt and big Corp already understanding the ruling class would fudge things around the edges to their benefit and make errors out of ignorance/ideology the ‘Rona revealed they would do so deliberately and forcefully. This erosion of trust is gonna be a problem going forward for the blob of actors and institutions seeking to destroy our society.

        BierceAmbrose in reply to CommoChief. | December 23, 2023 at 11:49 pm

        Yes, and…

        — The single-focus noise stifled learning, and using what we did find out. Like acute rona acts more like a circulatory system disease than a respiratory virus. AND think of the disease as five phases, with different interventions — the course management game is don’t advance to the next stage.

        — Clinical results stiffled, from preventatives like nasal lavage, to good bets like a huge fraction in US are vitamin D deficient — maybe just to that, to acute hospital-based interventions like “One word: steroids..”

        — Single-approach focus: vaccination, to get to “herd immunity.” Health-system approach to the rona mirrored the response to AIDS. One approach. It’s fatal: no point looking at mitigations. Only extreme measures to limit transmission.

        It’s worse than that.

        — “Two weeks to flatten the curve.” taught them: “We told them to, so we can demand anything.” vs. “We infomed them, and they did the right thing.”

        — Less than no interest in you learning things you can do for yourself.

          CommoChief in reply to BierceAmbrose. | December 24, 2023 at 8:10 am

          For many they like relying on someone else to make important decisions. It’s not that they are bad people so much as just flawed by inability to take responsibility for themselves in this regard. Unfortunately many/most of this group then joins in with the ideologues and totalitarians as a chorus of useful idiots.

effective at causing blood clots
strokes, heart attacks, sudden death
very effective there …. making Faucci wealthy very effective there as well.
turning people against each other outstandingly effective. stopping a bio weapon. not so much.
pure blood and proud.

Meanwhile, we have a huge outbreak of excess deaths in young adults that the CDC can’t or won’t explain.
It sure seems like it’s time to fire everybody at the CDC and start over again.

    Paul in reply to Neo. | December 22, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Don’t just fire them all, but also burn the facility to the ground and move it to some other location. Atlanta is a progressive shit-hole.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Neo. | December 22, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    The most deadly aspect of Wuhan Coronavirus 2019 was triggering a runaway immune system response which killed people. There are plenty of drugs to temper the immune system. Morticians are reporting that abnormal blood clots are present at a staggeringly high rate compared to pre China crud.

Subotai Bahadur | December 22, 2023 at 4:21 pm

When the first COVID vaccine came out, I got it. When the first booster to that came out, I got it. Then I started noticing the correlation between vaccination/boosters and fatal COVID. Then a few months later I got a fortunately mild case of COVID.

Right now I assume that any NEW vaccine [the ones we have been giving for generations are ok] recommended by CDC for anything new are a political and economic conspiracy and I will not take them until there is a lot more real world data.

Subotai Bahadur

    BierceAmbrose in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | December 23, 2023 at 1:02 am

    Similar story for myself. With the unknowns at the time, the first round of jabs was a reasonable bet for me. With more information, not so much.

    You are bang on on the NEWness of multiple technologies n techniques in these jabs. They are not the historical weakened-pathogen, or more recent crafted protein, injections we’ve called “vaccines.”

    henrybowman in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | December 23, 2023 at 2:51 am

    I’m partial to that reaction, but my tinfoil hat keeps asking me how I know that the “old” vaccines aren’t now being produced with new Easter Eggs? It’s not like they have “nutritional labels” on them that we can read, even if they were accurate.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to henrybowman. | December 23, 2023 at 11:59 pm

      You have to dig a little, but the contents of the jab, the kind of stuff in it, and the qualification of the treatment can be found … to a point.

      Interpreting is a separate problem. When I don’t have background on something medical, one of my first stops is medcram — it’s what the name says, for medical professionals.

      Of course, if you have a jab approved via an “emergency use authorization”, that qualification info is way less available. Perhaps cannot be released before the 75 years it’ll take to scrub out trade secrets and so on. (Remember that dodge? For “approval” the info was “reviewed” in under 60 days.)

      BierceAmbrose in reply to henrybowman. | December 24, 2023 at 12:35 am

      Going Full TinFoil Hat, here…

      Anybody notice how The Magic Jab required cold temperatures below available in the established medical distribution system? So, you couldn’t just distribute it to pharmacies, and they could dole it out like any other med. Nope. Only the special fridges. So, the distribution plan was get the special fridges to all the distribution facilities in place. Nope. Spin up their own jab stations.

      Once opened, the mRNA jabs have to be used up quickly. So, they have to schedule and direct you, down to the appointment, to manage their rationing.

      They’re focused on approaches that require centrally administered, first-world infrastructure. If there’s a cheap, shelf-stable rona pill, what’s their excuse for demanding vaccine passports?

      It looks like every time there’s a choice, the system takes the option with more centralization, more control, more surveillance, more direction. I don’t think they are evil — not most of them, or even intentional. They just have a massive, unconscious, overlords n livestock bias.

Still playing around with this bullshit.

By law, the absolute efficacy of a vaccine has to be more than 50% for the targeted demographic. The covid vaccine never made it higher than 1.3% in any demographic. So it was illegal. If you heard higher numbers, that was relative efficacy which is something only a snake-oil salesperson uses.

The drug companies and NIH knew it would be ineffective, because they had been trying to make one for 30 years and couldn’t. However, they would make a lot of money from it, so that is why it was done.