The realties of the vaccine.
Updated: Apr 10
The vaccine roll-out has begun in earnest. Boris and his cohorts are waving the flag of success while the media is childishly knocking the EU for halting AstraZeneca vaccines because of mounting evidence of blood clots.
Putting some of the horrible adverse drug reactions recorded by 'The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency' (MHRA ) to one side for now, let's look at what a vaccine is. Here's the Cambridge Dictionary's description:
'A substance containing a virus or bacterium in a form that is not harmful, given to a person or animal to prevent them from getting the disease that the virus or bacterium causes'.
Straight forward and to the point, wouldn't you agree?
This is what the vast majority of people believe a vaccine to be, having had them most of their lives for travel and protection from disease. It's why you hear some poor souls talking about once they've had their jab they can return to normal and go and enjoy a pint in the pub.
So why is it we still have to wear masks and socially distance? Surely if you've had the Covid vaccine your protected? Well, as it happens, you're not.
In an article from BBC Future, entitled 'Can you still transmit Covid-19 after vaccination?' the opening statement clarifies it completely -
'There's no evidence that any of the current Covid-19 vaccines can completely stop people from being infected – and this has implications for our prospects of achieving herd immunity.'
As you read into the article you're led into a minefield of uncertainty and an understanding that nobody knows very much about these rushed emergency vaccines, but what they do know is they don't stop you from becoming infected nor being able to transmit it, it merely reduces symptoms.
'Excitement and relief over news of vaccines that help prevent people from getting sick, winding up in the hospital or dying from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, are warranted, says University of Washington’s Dr. Larry Corey. But, these messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines may not prevent people from getting infected or spreading the virus.
Answering questions around how vaccines affect transmission of the virus is “of obvious importance” and research will be conducted once people begin getting vaccinated, Corey writes in a new COVID-19 Vaccine Matters blog jointly produced by Johns Hopkins University and the UW. But we all must still wear masks, physically distance, wash our hands frequently, and avoid large gatherings — even when most people have been vaccinated.
“If vaccinated individuals are capable of transmitting infection,” Corey writes, “then anybody who is not vaccinated fares no differently before than after the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine. With vaccine hesitancy resulting in fewer people agreeing to be vaccinated, we do not yet know whether and when we will be able to markedly reduce the public health implications of COVID-19 and reduce its circulation in the workplace, in close communities and stop super-spreading events.”
In addition, Corey notes that mathematical models suggest that vaccines could create a situation in which many more people carry the virus without showing symptoms, become more cavalier about whether they can spread the virus and therefore unknowingly infect even more people.
“This realization helps explain why we must optimize coverage and overcome vaccine hesitancy, especially in persons who are at high risk,” Corey writes.'
If you do some research yourself, reports from around the world have been the same, but funnily enough here are the headlines in the Daily Mail online late last year -
'Dr Fauci warns that early COVID-19 vaccines will only prevent symptoms from arising - not block infection'
Dr Anthony Fauci has cautioned that early COVID-19 vaccines will be focused on preventing symptoms of the virus, not blocking it altogether.
Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, made the point on Monday as at least four vaccine candidates near the end of clinical trials and the US reported a record number of new cases in the last week.
While the end goal of the vaccines will be to eradicate the virus, Fauci noted that developers are aiming for a simpler goal in the first round of jabs.
So there you have it, straight from the horse's mouth.
The vaccine then by my reckoning is not a vaccine in the true sense of the term, it's a medicine. It's a step forward I agree and good news for the elderly and people with underlying health conditions but what about the rest of us?
Money? Of course, because there are billions to be made in vaccines when the pandemic becomes an endemic, and it will. Control is another aspect. Health certificates are being discussed in parliament to allow those vaccinated freedoms over those who are not, which makes a mockery of what freedom is.
But if being vaccinated does not stop you from catching Covid and doesn't halt transmission, surely those vaccinated are no better off than those who are not? It throws the vaccine certificate into a completely different light.
The goal posts are constantly being moved to confuse, confound, and scare people into submission. What we are not being told is that Covid, for 80% of the population, is a mild disease with little or no symptoms.
So again, why do the fit and healthy need a vaccine? An intelligent society would protect the vulnerable while the rest of us would be allowed to continue our lives and let our immune systems deal with the flu-like illness. Here are a few highlights from a report on COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) by the John Hopkins Medical Centre.
Older age, especially > 65 yrs and people with comorbidities (other underlying health issues.) appear more likely to develop an infection with severe symptoms and be at risk for death.
Age gradient, with > 85 years highest; 80% of U.S. deaths are age > 65 years.
CDC reports 94% of COVID-19-related deaths to have at least one comorbidity present.
Definite: cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down syndrome, solid organ transplantation, obesity/BMI > 30, serious cardiovascular disease, sickle cell disease, type II diabetes mellitus, pregnancy and smoking
Although severe COVID-19 illness is mostly a lower respiratory tract infection, early and mild cases may have features of upper respiratory tract viral infection.
~80% of infections are not severe, and patients recuperate without special treatment.
Especially true for children and younger adults.
~20% develop significant infection (higher risk if elderly or comorbidities).
~15% require hospitalization
~5% require ICU care
Overall mortality risk: 0.5–1.0% (influenza 0.1%), but higher with risk factors and age gradient (highest if > 85 yrs, e.g., 10–27%).
In another post, I will address the terrible side effects some people have suffered from through taking this emergency medicine.
The marketing of the vaccine to the population of this planet is paramount to scaremongering and big pharmaceutical company's have taken advantage of a misinformed and panicked public to sell its hastily concocted product.
It breaks my heart to hear people saying this is a way back to normal, when they are sadly mistaken. The more you research into this, the more dubious the narrative becomes. So roll down your sleeve, educate yourself, and inform others who want to listen, our future and the future of our children depend upon it.