Two-thirds of epidemiologists warn mutations could render current #coronavirus vaccines ineffective in a year or less

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.

Oxfam report

 

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Denmark’s SSI recommends changes to syringe injection method for #coronavirus vaccines

“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.”

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Update from Berlingske.dk

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.

 

See also: France:  Scientists recommend changing #coronavirus vaccination technique after AstraZeneca thrombosis investigation

 

Swedish Karolinska Institutute’s #coronavirus vaccine must be given with an electric shock

The DNA coronavirus vaccine that is being developed at Karolinska Institutet will be given together with a small electric shock in the arm, which will ensure that the DNA-based vaccine reaches its destination.

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.

Sverigesradio.se report

 

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