BMJ rapid response submission – If Covid-19 vaccines don’t prevent transmission, can they facilitate the evolution of more virulent variants?
For the attention of:
Dr Fiona Godlee
Editor in Chief, The BMJ
Dr Godlee, I’ve recently submitted a rapid response to The BMJ titled: If Covid-19 vaccines don’t prevent transmission, can they facilitate the evolution of more virulent variants?
See my rapid response submission below.
Dr Godlee, I request my rapid response be published. I’ve been doing some further research, and this is a serious matter that must be addressed now, I want my rapid response to flag the issue.
Also Dr Godlee, I want to raise with you the apparently coordinated effort to stifle public concern about vaccination policy and practice. For example, The BMJ has published the article Too little, too late: social media companies’ failure to tackle vaccine misinformation poses a real threat. The authors of this article, Claire Wardle and Eric Singerman, evidently know diddly squat about vaccines, but they are given a guernsey on The BMJ to promote their patronising and clueless blather about ‘disinformation and misinformation’. I’ll be having a closer look at ‘First Draft News’ and its potential conflicts of interest. Of course this is just the latest in the constant flow of propaganda to slur people like me who are asking legitimate questions about vaccination policy and practice. It goes along with the Royal Society and British Academy’s COVID-19 vaccine deployment: Behaviour, ethics, misinformation and policy strategies report, which calls for criminal prosecution for people who dare to step across the scientific establishment’s vaccine defence line. And lately in Australia a self-serving “newly formed coalition of health and technology experts is calling on the Australian Parliament to force Big Tech companies to reveal the true extent of COVID-19 misinformation”. And of course others such as Heidi Larson and the Big Brother Vaccine Confidence Project organisation have been at this caper for years, joined by the likes of self appointed censor the Center for Countering Digital Hate.
So who defines what is ‘misinformation’? From my perspective there’s a positive torrent of ‘misinformation’ about infectious diseases and vaccine products pouring forth from the medical and scientific establishment…but it goes unchecked within that morass of conflicts of interest.
The situation is very, very bad Dr Godlee. This blatant ‘anti-vaxxer’ tagging, and shutting down of people questioning vaccination policy and practice has to stop. The BMJ has to address this matter and stop participating in the slander via biased articles such as that produced by Claire Wardle and Eric Singerman.
The medical/scientific establishment must be made accountable Dr Godlee, you must treat people’s concerns about the medical intervention of vaccination in a professional manner. Yes, you’ve published many of my BMJ rapid responses over the years, but have you ever followed through on the serious matters I’ve raised? For example the Cochrane HPV vaccine review compromised by conflicts of interest, or the early waning of measles MDA of babies of vaccinated mothers?
This situation is beyond serious now with the current coronavirus situation. Software billionaire Bill Gates and his WEF mates, including AstraZeneca and Pfizer, are behind this ‘race for coronavirus vaccines’, with politicians such as Boris Johnson at Gates’ beck and call. It appears no independent and objective specialists with actual expertise in infectious diseases are properly considering how to deal with this virus of murky origins, that is potentially serious in mostly elderly people with comorbidities, not the majority of the population. It’s incredible there are plans to vaccinate the entire global population on Bill Gates’ say-so. The so-called ‘experts’ have no clue about the future effects of these vaccine products, about transmission after vaccination, about evolving variants, about duration of immunity, and yet they’re rushing these vaccine products out into the community, including with the threat that people will be coerced to have these experimental vaccine products, as mooted in Australia!!!
Are you thinking about this Dr Godlee?!?!? This is unprecedented, to try and vaccinate the entire global population, with a variety of fast-tracked experimental coronavirus vaccine products, that have been rushed to market under emergency authorisations, while treatments and potential preventatives such as vitamin D are suppressed…it’s UNBELIEVABLE!!!! This is a global vaccine clinical trial, do you think people have given informed consent to this massive experiment?
Dr Godlee, people need to start thinking about this….
I again request that my rapid response querying whether coronavirus vaccines can facilitate the evolution of more virulent variants be published on The BMJ, see my response below, you cannot keep shutting people out of this conversation that is vital to us all…
Independent person investigating the over-use of vaccine products and conflicts of interest in vaccination policy
Rapid response submitted to The BMJ (25 Jan 2021) on the article: Covid-19: What new variants are emerging and how are they being investigated? BMJ 2021;372:n158.
If Covid-19 vaccines don’t prevent transmission, can they facilitate the evolution of more virulent variants?
Questions are being raised about the new coronavirus variants [1,2,3,4], and their emergence in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, where AstraZeneca vaccine trials are under way.
Could this be related to the possibility that the vaccines may not prevent transmission, and facilitate the evolution of new variants?
For example, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam says “…we do not yet know the impact of the vaccine on transmission of the virus. So even after you have had both doses of the vaccine you may still give Covid-19 to someone else and the chains of transmission will then continue”.
With the possibility the experimental coronavirus vaccines might not prevent transmission of the virus, is it possible these could be ‘leaky vaccines’, i.e. “anti-disease vaccines that do not prevent transmission” which “can create conditions that promote the emergence of pathogen strains that cause more severe disease in unvaccinated hosts”? This is described in Andrew F. Read et al’s study re Marek’s disease in poultry, i.e. Imperfect vaccination can enhance the transmission of highly virulent pathogens, published in 2015.
While Read et al note most human vaccines are sterilizing (transmission-blocking) – (e.g. the measles vaccine), Read is “concerned about the next generation of vaccines that are being developed against diseases like HIV and malaria. People don’t naturally develop life-long immunity to these conditions after being infected, as they would against, say, mumps or measles. This makes vaccine development a tricky business, and it means that the resulting vaccines will probably leak to some extent.” Read says “This isn’t an argument against developing those vaccines, but it is an argument for ensuring that we carefully check for transmission.”
What does this mean for the experimental coronavirus vaccines that are now being rolled out into the community? Is anyone thinking about the potential problems that might arise if these vaccines do indeed fail to prevent transmission, and what this might mean for the unvaccinated, i.e. if these could be “anti-disease vaccines that do not prevent transmission” which “can create conditions that promote the emergence of pathogen strains that cause more severe disease in unvaccinated hosts”?
1. Covid-19: What new variants are emerging and how are they being investigated? BMJ 2021;372:n158.
2. Andrew D Stevens BMJ Rapid Response: Re: Covid-19: What new variants are emerging and how are they being investigated? 22 January 2021.
3. How the Oxford-AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine was made. BMJ 2021;372:n86.
4. Rajalakshmi Lakshman BMJ Rapid Response: Re: How the Oxford-AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine was made. 23 January 2021.
5. The vaccine has given us hope, but we still need to follow the rules. The Telegraph, 23 January 2021.
6. Andrew F. Read et al. Imperfect vaccination can enhance the transmission of highly virulent pathogens. PLoS Biol. 2015 Jul; 13(7): e1002198.
7. Leaky vaccines enhance spread of deadlier chicken viruses. National Geographic. 27 July 2015.