How many times have you been vaccinated in your life? Most people I know have been vaccinated for measles, flu, polio, tetanus, cholera, smallpox and so on … why have people become suddenly so concerned about vaccination? Are people afraid that the testing for Covid-19 vaccines was not thorough enough?”
I received this reply from one of WBT’s readers: People are concerned about genetic manipulation masquerading as vaccines. People are concerned that these gene therapy drugs are neither safe nor effective. They will NOT protect against infection by a disease and will NOT prevent the vaccinated from transmitting it to other people. In what sense can anyone call them “vaccines”?
In response to these claims, I know a little about the Oxford vaccine later called AstraZeneca (and know perhaps a little more than most).
Firstly the Australian regulator, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), says: “The AstraZeneca vaccine uses a harmless, weakened animal virus (called a viral vector) that contains the genetic code for the coronavirus spike protein. Once this enters the body, it tells your cells to make copies of the spike protein. Your immune cells then recognise the spike protein as a threat and begin building an immune response against it.”
This fits the definition of a vaccine where a protein that resembles the virus (called an antigen) is injected into the muscle of the person and this stimulates an immune response which helps prepare the person for the real virus (SARS-CoV-2).
An immune response is not just about the molecules in question it is a highly sophisticated combination of millions of defences including cells (macrophages) antibodies, filters (lymphatic system). All these involve millions of ‘switches’.
I have conducted hundreds of immune response experiments on animals (whilst employed as a laboratory cadet in the Department of Parasitology, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Qld, Australia in 1967-68 under Dr Colin Dobson) … some animals died but not because of the protein I introduced. Most died because of the way I administered the anaesthetic when I took blood directly from guinea pigs’ hearts. Dobson was studying the nature of protective immunity against gastrointestinal nematodes, genetic control of immunity and immunosuppression. Later he looked at practical control of metazoan parasites by vaccination.
The risks with anaesthesia are many and varied but that is another story.
The main problem with Oxford AstraZeneca is that in rare cases it may produce thrombosis particularly in younger patients. Scientists do not fully understand why this happens but it is not a genetic response … it may be to do with how platelets work in the blood stream. That is why people with a low platelet blood count do not get Astrazeneca prescribed by their doctors.
Now for the bit that a lot of people do not know about the vaccine.
Let’s look at how the company Astra came to have the Oxford vaccine.
AstraZeneca is a Scandinavian company. The Oxford vaccine team is headed up by a woman who is bit of a vaccine genius who told the UK Government, ‘I could do that’, meaning make an effective vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. This Oxford don had already made a vaccine against Ebola. Clearly, as an academic department, the scientists at Oxford needed to get into bed with a company that could manufacture the vaccines at scale. This woman (the vaccine genius) wanted to give her creation to humanity, she demanded that the deal over the production of the drug had to have ‘no profiteering for the duration of the pandemic‘.
So the government held a beauty parade … the government’s first choice refused her altruistic demands, they wanted to make money from the get go.
So AstraZeneca, their second choice, got the deal because it promised not to make a profit in the first six months.
I heard this story from someone inside medico industrial complex.
To explain … I asked my source if the rumours spread in mainstream media about Astrazeneca causing widespread thrombosis could have been a ‘black ops’ operation by its (then) chief competitor Pfizer. Bearing in mind, both are profit making companies. That said, these big pharmaceutical companies would be mad to put something out that is really harmful…..i.e to half the population of the world.
At the time the reported rates of thrombosis were a huge beat-up in the mainstream press because the early data showing thrombosis fell within the range of statistical error.
Please Note that I have not checked the story and may have some of the details wrong. For this reason I have not published it before. My source, being an insider in the medico-industrial complex, is likely to be correct … it sounds plausible to me … my source is concerned about connection between government ministers and the drug companies producing vaccines. But the source says which vaccines are the best will all probably come out in the end because so many people have been vaccinated … over 90% of adults in Australia are likely to be vaccinated, so there will no lack of data about the efficacy of the vaccine.
One problem with this is that with scientific research now you can virtually never get the original data. For example if you read cancer drug studies for instance, it can be hard to figure out how well the drugs work for different endpoints.
People were sceptical of other ways of controlling disease … eg smallpox .. originally this involved a scratch of material from the smallpox sores (pustules). People usually developed the symptoms associated with smallpox, such as fever and a rash. However, fewer people died from variolation than if they had acquired smallpox naturally.
“The basis for vaccination began in 1796 when the English doctor Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids who had gotten cowpox were protected from smallpox. Jenner also knew about variolation and guessed that exposure to cowpox could be used to protect against smallpox. To test his theory, Dr. Jenner took material from a cowpox sore on milkmaid Sarah Nelmes’ hand and inoculated it into the arm of James Phipps, the 9-year-old son of Jenner’s gardener. Months later, Jenner exposed Phipps several times to variola virus, but Phipps never developed smallpox. More experiments followed, and, in 1801, Jenner published his treatise “On the Origin of the Vaccine Inoculation.” In this work, he summarized his discoveries and expressed hope that “the annihilation of the smallpox, the most dreadful scourge of the human species, must be the final result of this practice.” – See https://www.cdc.gov/smallpox/history/history.html
This is indeed what happened, smallpox was defeated. Sadly Australian first nations people were so isolated from the rest of the world that they did not benefit from these discoveries and were wiped out even more by smallpox than the bullets of the British settlers who stole their land.
What concerns me is the moral outrage behind the anti-vaxx postion.
So, even when the data is available to challenge what the anti-vaxxers are saying, this does not undermine the correctness of their moral position.
I think their position is based on idealism (ignoring the flow of human history in general and the confusion produced by the current crisis). Specifically they are likely to ignore how the various vaccines actually work.
In contrast, a position based on materialism would attempt learning from past and present pandemics and how to deal with the mistakes that are made along the way.
I strongly recommend that people see their doctor and get vaccinated. But I do not support what the current leader of Greece has decreed, mandating vaccination for people over 60 years of age. It is a failure of government to be unable to convince its people that vaccination is essential for public health (e.g. the United States).
You probably won’t get anyone more sceptical of the medical industrial complex than me. However, at this stage I am basically placing my trust in the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). This is because groups like ATAGI have people expert in the area who understand experimental design and the limitations and strengths of this type or research … these people are put together in groups …. to talk and nut out the solutions ….. this really encourages moderation and getting to the best possible truth, a synthesis of available findings.
Currently ATAGI recommends the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) as the preferred vaccine for those aged 16 to under 60 years. This updates the previous preferential recommendation for Comirnaty over COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in those aged 16 to under 50 years. The recommendation is revised due to a higher risk and observed severity of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) related to the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine observed in Australia in the 50-59 year old age group than reported internationally and initially estimated in Australia.
For those aged 60 years and above, the individual benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine are greater than in younger people. The risks of severe outcomes with COVID-19 increase with age and are particularly high in older unvaccinated individuals. The benefit of vaccination in preventing COVID-19 with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca outweighs the risk of TTS in this age group and underpins its ongoing use in this age group.
People of any age without contraindications who have had their first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse events should receive a second dose of the same vaccine. This is supported by data indicating a substantially lower rate of TTS following a second COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca dose in the United Kingdom (UK).