💉@COVID19Up: Vaccination alone won’t stop the rise of new SARS-CoV-2 variants and it could actually push into overdrive the evolution of strains that evade their temporary protection, scientists warned Friday in a new study published in Nature Scientific Reports.
“Vaccines are thought to be the best available solution for controlling the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. However, the emergence of vaccine-resistant strains may come too rapidly for current vaccine developments to alleviate the health, economic and social consequences of the pandemic,” the authors wrote.
“When most people are vaccinated, the vaccine-resistant strain has an advantage over the original strain,” warned Simon Rella of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, who worked on the study.
This means the vaccine resistant strain spreads through the population faster at a time when most people are vaccinated.”
Curiously, CNN quickly reported on the new study, saying the findings support an “unpopular decision” by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week to advise even fully vaccinated people to start wearing masks again until “almost everyone in a population has been vaccinated.”
Unfortunately, since May 14 the CDC has only reported SARS-CoV-2 infections among vaccinated people that resulted in hospitalization and/or death, thus ignoring the majority of breakthrough cases and therefore preventing the cases from being included in the COVID-19 data. In the past six months, the US has sequenced and shared results for only 4.1% of all positive tests, far less than most other countries.
All of this raises serious questions.
The CDC is now admitting that fully vaccinated people are spreading the Delta variant and advising that they be tested for SARS-CoV-2 if they come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 when the agency previously only recommended that vaccinated people get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. That’s a big change.
As if these developments weren’t concerning enough, SAGE, the UK’s health “expert panel,” has warned in a new report that the next “super mutant variant” of SARS-CoV-2 could kill up to one in three people. In the report SAGE openly admits that “a gradual or punctuated accumulation of antigenic variation that eventually leads to current vaccine failure” is “almost inevitable.”
The group warns that variants “could” become more resistant to vaccines and antivirals, which appears to already be happening.
The report recommends to continue “vaccinating vulnerable age groups at regular periods” using “updated vaccines” to target the variants caused by vaccine-induced antigenic drift.
On the bright side, recent media coverage indicates a paradigm shift in the conversation about COVID-19 vaccination, and it is now more important than ever to do your own research into the subject. Do not allow those crafting the narrative to unscientifically blame and demonize the unvaccinated for a mass vaccination policy that remains controversial.
The vaccine-resistant variants of SARS-CoV-2 currently circulating the world may not have come into existence or become dominant so quickly without this experimental intervention.
Meanwhile, a slide from a recent CDC presentation on “Improving communications around vaccine breakthrough and vaccine effectiveness” that was provided to the media this week shows the Delta variant as much more infectious and slightly more deadly than the original strain of the virus.
The assertion that Delta variant has mutated to be deadlier may be true, but it’s important to recognize that this is unexpected and counter to what many experts have predicted. This is not what data coming from the UK suggests.
Don’t let the fearmongers win. New public England study of delta variant shows 44 deaths out of 53,822 (.08%) in unvaccinated group. Hmmm.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 29, 2021
Despite the leaky nature of the COVID-19 vaccine and the resulting evolution of variants being the core topic of the CDC presentation, there is a curious lack of information on what caused these more infectious vaccine-resistant variants of SARS-CoV-2 to come into existence and dominate so quickly.
Is the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 deadlier? Are COVID-19 vaccines driving the evolution of the virus?
These are serious questions that people need to be asking.