childrenshealthdefense.org: EU medicines agencies, experts from the World Health Organization and the former chair of the UK COVID task force have all cited growing evidence that COVID mRNA boosters are not working and the strategy should be abandoned.
EU drug authorities warned on Tuesday that frequent COVID recalls could affect the immune system, saying there are currently no data to justify repeated “recall”.
This comes a month after EU drug regulators said it made sense to administer boosters for the COVID-19 vaccine as early as three months after the first double vaccination due to concerns over the Omikron variant.
According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), continuous booster vaccination every four months could carry the risk of overloading the immune system and causing fatigue.
Instead, the agency recommended countries to extend the intervals between booster vaccinations and coordinate their schedules with the onset of cold weather in their respective hemisphere, based on flu vaccination strategies.
“The use of additional booster vaccinations may be part of contingency plans, but repeated vaccinations at short intervals are not a sustainable long-term strategy,” said Marco Cavaleri, head of EMA’s vaccine strategy department on Tuesday. , during a press conference.
The boosters “can be done once or maybe twice, but it’s not something we should repeat over and over,” Cavaleri said. “We need to think about how to move from the current pandemic to an endemic situation.”
Cavaleri said more data on Omicron’s effects on vaccines and a better understanding of how the current wave is evolving is needed to decide whether a specific vaccine is needed for the new variant.
“Preliminary results from recently published studies show that the vaccine’s efficacy against symptomatic diseases is significantly reduced in Omikron and decreases over time,” Cavaleri said.
“It is important that there is a good discussion on the choice of vaccine composition to make sure we have a strategy that is not just reactive … and try to find an appropriate approach for a future variant to be prevented,” he added.
Just last month Cavaleri had declared on behalf of the EMA that it made sense to administer COVID booster vaccinations as early as three months after the first two-dose regimen, since the number of infections was “extremely worrying”.
“Although the current recommendation is to give booster vaccinations preferably after six months, currently available data supports the safe and effective administration of a booster as early as three months after the end of treatment,” Cavaleri said at a news conference in December.
WHO warns against repeated booster vaccinations as an unsuitable strategy against the new variants
The World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-CO-VAC) warned on Jan.11 that a vaccination strategy based on repeated boosters of the original composition is unlikely vaccine is appropriate or sustainable “.
The expert group set up by the WHO to evaluate the performance of COVID vaccines said providing new doses of existing vaccines when new strains of the virus emerge is not the best way to combat a pandemic.
TAG-CO-VAC said COVID vaccines that not only prevent serious illness and death but can also prevent infection and transmission are needed and should be developed.
As long as such vaccines are unavailable and the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to evolve, the composition of current COVID vaccines may need to be updated, the group said.
COVID vaccines must be genetically and antigenically similar to circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants, provide more effective protection against infection, and evoke a broad, strong, and long-lasting immune response to reduce the need for subsequent booster doses, according to TAG -CO -VAC.
“It’s over, folks,” wrote Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter and best-selling author. “Apart from a few unfortunate Israelis, no one will be given a fourth dose of the original vaccine.”
Anyone with eyes can see that the vaccine doesn’t work against Omicron – and if you haven’t had a third dose, why should you? Get slightly improved protection for potentially serious side effects for up to weeks.
Instead, WHO is now promising / demanding vaccines based on the currently dominant Sars-Cov-2 strain. That promise is as empty as any that health bureaucrats and vaccine manufacturers have made. “
Berenson pointed out that in the last year alone there have been at least five “disturbing variants”, two of which have become globally predominant.
“Even mRNA vaccines cannot be developed and made available quickly enough to keep up with the respective dominant viral strain,” says Berenson. “COVID is faster than scientists”.
The British expert calls for the treatment of COVID as an endemic flu-like virus
COVID should be treated as an endemic flu-like virus, and mass vaccination should be stopped after the recall campaign, said Dr. Clive Dix, former chair of the UK Vaccine Task Force.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an endemic is “the constant presence and / or normal prevalence of a disease or infectious agent in a population within a geographic area”, while a pandemic is an epidemic. “Out of control” which has spread to different countries or continents and usually affects large numbers of people.
“We need to analyze whether we are using the current refresher campaign to ensure that people at risk are protected when deemed necessary,” he said. “Population-based mass vaccination in the UK is expected to end now.
Dix called for a “fundamental rethinking” of the UK’s COVID strategy and urged ministers to “urgently support research into COVID immunity beyond antibodies” to include B lymphocytes and white blood cells called T cells.
Dix said there should be a shift from viral spread to disease management and the future goal should be “to stop the progression of a serious disease in vulnerable groups.”