COVID-19 VACCINES: THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT mRNA VACCINES
Before delving into some of the yet-to-be-satisfactorily-answered questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines, it is important to point out that if the current huge COVID-19 mRNA human experiment succeeds, it would be a major breakthrough in science and a great blessing to humanity, because the technology will find many more applications. The mRNA technology can then be deployed to tackle other debilitating diseases and afflictions of humanity. In fact, the original intent of MODERNA, when the company was founded in 2010, was to use biotechnology to develop remedies for cancer (Immuno-Oncology), cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders & rare diseases.On the flip side, if this huge human experiment fails, it may turn out to be the greatest disaster in medical science in human history. This is why a lot of caution is advised in deploying the technology. The technology still needs time to mature. I hope & pray that the experiment doesn’t fail. Now, let’s examine some of the unanswered questions and concerns of skeptics:
1) HOW LONG DOES THE IMMUNITY ELICITED LAST after one has been vaccinated for COVID-19?
ANS: Nobody knows yet! Not even the manufacturers of the vaccines know! If we don’t know how long the effect will last, then that gives room for false hope of protection if the effect turns out to be just for a few months.
2) THE SARS-COV-2 virus is an RNA (single-stranded) virus that mutates very rapidly. Will the vaccine be effective against emerging new variants that may show up from time to time in the very near future?
ANS: South Africa recently reported that the COVID-19 vaccine deployed in South Africa was not effective against the new strain of the virus in South Africa. This is why both MODERNA & PFIZER are already planning booster doses for the new strains.
3) HOW SAFE ARE THE VACCINES?
ANS: Manufacturers of the vaccine & many medical professionals claim that the vaccines are very safe. Many people have received the vaccines with no problems at all. However, as of now, there are no long-term safety data available. We do not know as yet whether there could be long term adverse events or not. Meantime, according to data available at the United States govt VACCINES ADVERSE EVENT REPORTING SYSTEM (VAERS) website, there have been a number of reported adverse events, including deaths of otherwise healthy subjects within days of COVID-19 vaccinations. Between Dec 14, 2020 and Feb 19, 2021, a total of 966 deaths have been reported in the USA (and 402 in the UK as of March 2, 2021) as occurring within days of receiving MODERNA & PFIZER vaccines (plus ASTRAZENECA vaccine in the UK); although, there is always a disclaimer that those deaths may not have been connected with vaccinations, yet the causes of death remain unanswered. In the first half of March 2021, a number of European countries temporarily suspended the use of the ASTRAZENECA COVID-19 VACCINE due to reported cases of blood clots in some people who received the vaccine.
Also, we do not know yet whether the mRNA vaccines could have any Epigenetic effect in the offspring of those vaccinated. No animal study on the Epigenetic effect of the vaccine has been done, to the best of my knowledge. So, this remains an unanswered question, in my view. The issue of PATHOGENIC PRIMING that happened in some animal trials is also an unanswered mRNA vaccine question.
4) ARE THE COVID-19 VACCINES safe for pregnant women?
ANS: In its interim recommendations for the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine in people 18 years and older, the World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) said “While pregnancy puts women at a higher risk of severe COVID-19, the use of this vaccine in pregnant women is currently not recommended, unless they are at risk of high exposure (e.g. health workers).” There have been reports of miscarriages and pre-term births in pregnant women shortly after COVID-19 vaccination, and there have also been pregnant women who received the vaccine with no problems at all.
5) IF THESE VACCINES ARE SO SAFE as claimed by the manufacturers and many medical experts, why have the vaccine manufacturers sought for and obtained INDEMNITY in the event of vaccine injury or adverse reactions?
ANS: That question, to my mind, remains a big dent on the claims of the vaccine manufacturers. If they are so sure of the safety of their products, they should not be afraid to take responsibility for any adverse reaction.
6) IS THERE ANY COMPENSATION FOR ANYONE WHO DIES OR GETS INJURED FROM COVID-19 VACCINATION?
ANS: In some countries, such as the USA, govt has set aside a special fund from tax payers’ money to compensate those who suffer vaccine injuries or death, not just for COVID-19 vaccines but even from previous vaccines. However, Nigeria and most other countries do not have such a package for anyone who dies or gets injured by vaccines.
7) IS IT TRUE THAT mRNA VACCINES CAN INCREASE A PERSON’S RISK FOR CANCER?
ANS: Recently (early March 2021), there was a news report on multiple online news platforms that scientists at Sloan Kettering have discovered that mRNA inactivates tumor-suppressing proteins, meaning it can promote cancer. This is however still speculative. It definitely deserves further investigation before a definitive conclusion can be arrived at. This remains one of the unanswered questions of mRNA vaccines.
8) IS IT TRUE THAT mRNA VACCINES CAN STERILIZE WOMEN OF CHILD-BEARING AGE?
ANS: Some scientists have theorized that the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are going to cause infertility because of a shared amino acid sequence in the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 and a placental protein, which will make the immune system attack both, as it can’t tell the difference between the two. Well, this remains to be seen. This theory has not been investigated and a definitive answer cannot be given right now. So it remains one of the unanswered questions of mRNA vaccines.
Since the outbreak of SARS-COV-2, humanity has been presented with many options for both prevention and management of COVID-19. First of all, there have been a number of NON-PHARMACEUTICAL interventions such as wearing masks, hand-washing, hand sanitizing, physical distancing, etc. There is also the idea of SENSIBLE SUNSHINE EXPOSURE to build up one’s VITAMIN D levels. Optimum blood vitamin D levels have been found to offer some protection against COVID-19, particularly helping to reduce the incidence of the CYTOKINE STORM in the event of a CORONA virus infection.
Vitamin C and Zinc are also traditionally well-known antiviral agents. IONOPHORES such as HydroxyChloroquine and chloroquine, Quercetin from Onions, Artemisinin from Wormwood, etc, can all act as transporters to carry the Zinc ion across cell membranes into cells where Zinc will act to inhibit viral replication. IVERMECTIN is also one of the non-vaccine options currently being investigated and which, so far, has shown great promise both as a PROPHYLACTIC (preventive) agent and a THERAPEUTIC (treatment) agent.
Hydrogen Peroxide too is showing great promise when used in a NEBULIZER. An inhaler too has joined the queue of possible remedies. The nation of Israel has announced a few other non-vaccine remedies .
By the way, COVID-19 Vaccines are only supposed to be for prevention and not for management; but some of these alternative remedies can serve both purposes (prevention & management). Of course, there are a number of worthless products out there making unsubstantiated claims. These must be taken with a pinch of salt.
NAFDAC approval of COVID VACCINES IN NIGERIA
In Nigeria, NAFDAC has just “approved” the ASTRAZENECA vaccine from India for use in Nigeria. Curiously, the vaccine was presented to NAFDAC on a Tuesday and by Friday of the same week, it was already “approved”. It is obvious that NAFDAC could not have carried out any test on the vaccines within 4 days! They simply relied on the doctrine of “RELIANCE” proposed by the WHO, that requires local regulatory agencies to merely “RELY” on data provided by the vaccine producer or originating country to grant approval.
SUMMARIZING POSSIBLE SOURCES OF SOLUTIONS FOR COVID-19:
Remedies for COVID can emanate from 3 main sources:
— The FOREST,
— The SOIL, and
— The LABORATORY
Forest solutions include herbs, fruits, vegetables, etc, that can help to boost immunity on the one hand and help mitigate the various symptoms of SARS-COV-2 infection, such as GARLIC as a blood thinner to prevent disseminated intravascular coagulations or blood clots, TURMERIC and ONEGA-3 OILS to prevent hyper-inflammation, GINGER & BROWN RICE to supply Zinc, ONIONS to supply Quercetin as an IONOPHORE, ARTEMISIA ANNUA, etc. FOREST resources can also be used to manufacture PHARMACEUTICAL products to address COVID.
Minerals from the soil can be exploited to be used in manufacturing or synthesizing PHARMACEUTICAL products to address COVID.
COVID-19 solutions can also be produced in the lab. This is where VACCINES belong.
To make the most of the available options, there must be openness to the various sources of solution. We can get the best of three worlds. Unfortunately, ECONOMIC consideration appears to be reigning supreme right now, and it’s now a case of ‘survival of the fittest’. Other options have almost been run aground in favour of vaccines. For example, no forest or soil remedy has been granted EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION status like vaccines! Also, no government around the world has advanced billions of dollars to companies involved in developing other solutions for COVID. Meanwhile, vaccine companies have received billions of dollars from governments.
The fact of the matter is that we cannot entirely rule out economic considerations and maybe even political considerations from the COVID issue.
Africa has just lost yet another great opportunity to play in the global field of proffering a solution or multiple solutions to a global problem. African SOIL and FORESTS are replete with natural solutions but we have always looked away on these in preference for laboratory solutions. The truth is that African is not positioned yet to play and win in the vaccine production field. Three critical factors are needed to play in the vaccine development and production field:
Africa can only boast of the first (personnel). We have the brains and the expertise, but we do not have the infrastructure and the funding to compete favorably with the West or Asia. There have been a few vaccine candidates from Africa, even from Nigeria, that are currently languishing on the shelf right now for lack of funding. If Africa continues to refuse to look inwards for other home-grown solutions from the soil and the forest, we will continue to lag behind all the time.
The question that I have always asked is this: “If Africa were the only continent on earth and COVID-19 had broken out, what would we have done to help ourselves?”The answer to this question would sure engender many home-grown solutions.
The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
The WHO, in my personal view, has given a lot of room for suspicion & distrust due to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. First, some have alleged that the WHO has changed the goal post several times in the middle of the game. First, it had to modify the definition of a pandemic in order to make SARS-COV-2 qualify as a pandemic. Second, it allowed a PCR TESTING PROTOCOL that turned out many false positives and later changed the protocol to one that would minimize false positives after it had achieved its goal of ramping up the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Third, it changed the definition of HERD IMMUNITY to make it look like herd immunity is no longer possible except via mass vaccinations, etc.
There are other areas of the COVID conversation that I do not want to comment on right now – particularly the religious interpretations & connotations that have been brought into the fray. Although, I personally believe that what is happening on the planet right now is a precursor and a dress rehearsal for the real thing already prophesied in the Bible, yet, I’d like to keep that opinion to myself for now. What we need right now is how to put this COVID-19 palaver behind us.
To take or not to take the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal decision. It should never be mandatory, in my considered opinion.
© Rev Tony Akinyemi
March 18, 2021
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