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WSJ: The Deceptive Campaign for Bivalent COVID Boosters

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WSJ: The Deceptive Campaign for Bivalent COVID Boosters


Studies show they fail to live up to their promise, but vaccine makers and experts keep pushing them

You might have heard a radio advertisement warning that if you’ve had Covid, you could get it again and experience even worse symptoms. The message, sponsored by the Health and Human Services Department, claims that updated bivalent vaccines will improve your protection

This is deceptive advertising. But the public-health establishment’s praise for the bivalent shots shouldn’t come as a surprise. Federal agencies took the unprecedented step of ordering vaccine makers to produce them and recommending them without data supporting their safety or efficacy.

The idea of updating mRNA Covid shots every season originally held promise... But three scientific problems have arisen. First, the virus is evolving much faster than the vaccines can be updated. Second, vaccines have hard-wired our immune systems to respond to the original Wuhan strain, so we churn out fewer antibodies that neutralize variants targeted by updated vaccines. Third, antibodies rapidly wane after a few months.

Two studies in the New England Journal of Medicine this month showed that bivalent boosters increase neutralizing antibodies against the BA.4 and BA.5 variants, but not significantly more than the original boosters. In one study, antibody levels after the bivalent boosters were 11 times as high against the Wuhan variant as BA.5.

The authors posit that immune imprinting “may pose a greater challenge than is currently appreciated for inducing robust immunity against SARS-CoV-2 variants.” This isn’t unique to Covid or mRNA vaccines, though boosters may amplify the effect. Our first exposure as children to the flu—whether by infection or vaccination—affects our future response to different strains.

The original Covid vaccines and boosters trained our memory B-cells to produce antibodies against the Wuhan variant. As the University of Pennsylvania’s Paul Offit explains in a New England Journal of Medicine article, previously vaccinated people who received the bivalent booster were “primed” to respond to the Wuhan strain and mounted an inferior antibody response to other variants

The studies’ findings contradict November press releases from Pfizer and Modernaasserting that their bivalents produced a response to the BA.4 and BA.5 variants four to six times that of the original boosters. These claims are misleading. Neither vaccine maker conducted a randomized trial.

...The vaccine makers designed their studies to get the results they wanted. Public-health authorities didn’t raise an eyebrow, but why would they? They have a vested interest in promoting the bivalents...

...FDA Commissioner Robert Califf tweeted on Jan. 11 that “COVID-19 vaccines have been associated with a significant reduction in hospitalization and death” (my emphasis). He should know that correlation doesn’t prove causation....

...Many of the same experts who trashed observational studies supporting hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin now flog intrinsically flawed studies on bivalent boosters....

WIND: with respect to the government and Big Pharma, the state of The Science is up to its usual manure-grade standards, freshly steaming pile that it is. Venal pile.

Note that one important point: “vaccines have hard-wired our immune systems to respond to the original Wuhan strain” and “inferior antibody response to other variants’ . If true, it is the strongest argument possible against the vaccinations (barring perhaps high risk cases), and it would explain a heck of a lot—like why I did not get COVID when three of my vaxxed immediate family members got COVID after being vaxxed.

And it raises the question: what if COVID were to mutate into a deadly form? Then all those “save grandma jab-me-thrice everyone else is a sociopath but not me your natural immunity is no good you should go to jail” aholes might have hell to pay. Still, I wish even those people smooth sailing. And with luck, COVID will settle down to some weak sauce annual variant, and the CDC and Big Pharma can happily manufacture fake data as with influenza to make big bucks annually.

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