Wall Street Journal opinion: “not a single published study has demonstrated that patients with a prior infection benefit from Covid-19 vaccination. That this isn’t readily acknowledged by the CDC or Anthony Fauci is an indication of how deeply entangled pandemic politics is in science.”
14th June 2021: We’ve spent two days scouring the internet looking for Plan B for what happens in the event of complete Covid-19 vaccine failure. So what does happen if the vaccines fail? Here is what we have found so far:
Actually, we found no results. It seems that no one is even asking the question. Perhaps it’s time to start that conversation?
** UPDATE 31ST JULY 2021 ** Finally, the UK government takes a peek out of the front screen to see what is oncoming rather than checking the rear-view mirror to look at the pile-up that has just occurred.
*Warning* The report contains plenty of dire predictions but proposes no solutions whatsoever.
** UPDATE 15th AUGUST 2021 **
“UK Ministers are being pressed to reveal what contingency plans are in place to deal with a future Covid variant that evades current vaccines, amid warnings from scientific advisers that such an outcome could set the battle against the pandemic back a year or more.”
** UPDATE 27th AUGUST 2021 **
If you have two hours to waste, you could spend it reading this new European view on the future of Sars-CoV-2:
In our opinion, this article is by far the poorest attempt yet to predict the future course of the pandemic, relying largely on outdated information and stale groupthink. For example:
“What can be expected in the autumn and winter of 2021 depends substantially on what happens in the summer; specifically, the success of vaccination programs both in Europe and worldwide, and the emergence and spread of (new) VOCs. Compared to the summer, autumn and winter bring the additional complication of unfavorable seasonal effects. The seasonality of coronaviruses is expected to increase infections in the autumn and winter months…..”
It’s a 0/10 from us.
** UPDATE 14TH SEPTEMBER 2021 **
The UK has another stab at Plan B:
Er, yeah, I guess we’ll keep searching…
Researchers reported that among 20 fully-vaccinated healthcare workers with vaccine breakthrough COVID-19 cases, all were infected with coronavirus variants. An earlier study had linked breakthrough infections with low viral loads, suggesting low transmission risks, but “we found many samples in our breakthrough cohort with high viral load,” said coauthor Pavitra Roychoudhury of the University of Washington. CONTAGIOUS: “Our work suggests that not all breakthrough infections are at low risk of initiating transmission and, if they did, these infections could lead to the continued spread of variants of concern, particularly in areas with low vaccination rates.”
The CDC has genetic data for virus samples from 555 vaccine breakthrough infections. Mutated variants of the coronavirus, including those first seen in the UK and South Africa, accounted for 64% of the breakthroughs.
Medrxix preprint – Variants of concern are overrepresented among post-vaccination breakthrough infections of SARS-CoV-2 in Washington State
In a survey of 77 epidemiologists from 28 countries, carried out by The People’s Vaccine Alliance, two-thirds thought that we had a year or less before the virus mutates to the extent that the majority of first-generation vaccines are rendered ineffective and new or modified vaccines are required. Of those surveyed, almost a third gave a timeframe of nine months or less. Fewer than one in eight said they believed that mutations would never render the current vaccines ineffective.
The overwhelming majority —88 percent— said that persistent low vaccine coverage in many countries would make it more likely for vaccine resistant mutations to appear.
“Usually one does not need to aspirate before injecting a vaccine. However, in the context of investigating a possible association between injection of covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca and the occurrence of rare but severe cases of blood clots and bleeding, SSI recommends, for the time being, on a precautionary principle, to aspirate before administration. This applies to all the approved covid-19 vaccines, both for injection into the deltoid muscle, but also for the alternative option of injection into the vastus lateralis muscle, if injection into the deltoid muscle is not possible.”
After problems with blood clots: Statens Serum Institut recommends new vaccine technology
Several Danish doctors have expressed concern that a widespread technique may have been one of the reasons why several people around Europe have developed fatal blood clots after being injected with the corona vaccine from AstraZeneca.
Corona vaccines must be injected into the muscle, intramuscularly as it is called. And to make sure that the needle has not hit a blood vessel instead, it is now recommended that you pull the plunger back a little to see if blood is included. If this happens, you must insert again before injecting the vaccine.
Usually it is not necessary to withdraw the plunger to give a vaccine, writes SSI, but so far it is the newly recommended method. The Danish Health and Medicines Authority has long recommended the same method.
The DNA vaccine involves injecting at the same time as you get a small electric shock in the area where you were vaccinated, and this causes the vaccine to enter our cells, says Ali Mirazimi.
It is called electroporation when you take some electricity to help the vaccine’s DNA particles get into our cells. The coronavirus vaccine that is currently being developed at Karolinska Institutet is a DNA vaccine, which, unlike the RNA vaccine, must enter the cell nucleus in order to function. However, it is not a question of the vaccine being able to become part of our own DNA, as it lacks certain elements required for something like this to happen.