@GVDBossche Herd immunity is not happening with these vaccines, even the "experts" now admit.

Instead, herd mentality appears to be leading to a thinning of the herd: "natural selection of individuals capable of resisting C-19 disease" ImageImage
@GVDBossche #SouthKorea: "a rise in so-called “silent spreaders” within communities such as workplaces, indoor gyms, churches and nursing homes, leading to an increase in infections of unknown origin"

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@GVDBossche "our data indicate that Delta variants are especially well recognized by infection enhancing antibodies targeting the NTD, the possibility of ADE should be further investigated as it may represent a potential risk for mass vaccination during the current Delta variant pandemic." Image
@GVDBossche "The number of serious COVID-19 cases in #Israel passed 500 on Sunday for the first time since March, amid the current surging coronavirus outbreak."

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@GVDBossche "What’s happening in #Iceland right now might be one of the final stages in the long, often painful process by which a country achieves some form of population-level “herd immunity” against a dangerous virus."


It "might be", but probably not. Image
@GVDBossche "More than 400 children have died of COVID-19. And right now we have almost 2,000 kids in the hospital, many of them in ICU, some of them under the age of four"

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"A group of vaccinated #Israelis that flew to #Iceland for vacation have contracted the coronavirus, N12 reported late Sunday night. Few were taken for medical care in local hospitals after their symptoms worsened"

"In a handful of states, early COVID data hint at a rise in breakthrough infections"

California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia: "Breakthrough infections accounted for 12% to 24% of COVID-related hospitalizations in the states"

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#Israel: “There are so many breakthrough infections that they dominate and most of the hospitalized patients are actually vaccinated”

"Cases of Covid-19 among children have steadily increased in the US since the beginning of July, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics."

"This is just the beginning, unfortunately"

cnn.com/2021/08/18/hea… Image
"A fourth wave of infections is rapidly approaching the levels of #Israel’s worst days of the pandemic last winter. The daily rate of confirmed new virus cases has more than doubled in the last two weeks, making Israel a rising hot spot"

nytimes.com/2021/08/18/wor… Image
"A British public health study has found that protection from either of the two most commonly used COVID-19 vaccines against the now prevalent Delta variant of the coronavirus weakens within three months."

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"Breakthrough infections are occurring more frequently than previously reported"

"While...breakthrough infections are increasing, the studies showed hospitalizations remained stable, an indication the vaccines continue to hold up against severe illness."

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"Let's be real, here: Breakthrough infections are sort of okay," Larry Corey, a virologist at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, tells the Journal."

Is organ damage, #LongCovid, and death "sort of okay" too?

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#Wisconsin: "breakthrough infections one third of cases statewide last month"

"The La Crosse County Health Department has reported a 163% increase in local COVID-19 cases over the past month, with percent positivity rising from 1% to 6.5%."

lacrossetribune.com/news/local/loc… Image
"Here we observed the co-occurrence of immune escape mutations and vaccine breakthrough infections despite the presence of COVID-specific immune response in hosts."

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"If the Wisconsin study finding holds up, then people with breakthrough infections—many of whom do not develop COVID symptoms—can unknowingly spread the virus. “It [is] an alarming finding,” explains Katarina Grande ... who led the study."

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Unvaccinated children "can be infected. They can have severe illness and they can transmit the virus."

So just like adults.

And presumably, just like adults, vaccinated children also can be infected, can have severe illness and can transmit the virus. Image
Another vaxxed parent has infected their unvaxxed child. Yet the mother of the hospitalized 3-year-old blames the unvaccinated:

"maybe if more people will be vaccinated, I wouldn’t have had the exposure that caused me to bring this illness to my daughter"
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"Across Los Angeles County, cities and neighborhoods including West Hollywood, Venice and Santa Monica now report some of the most infections, even though their vaccination rates are higher than in poorer areas such as East Los Angeles"

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Or — and I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out — maybe it was all the adverse events, the failure to block transmission, and the waning efficacy that 'tanked confidence' in the AstraZeneca vaccine?

Worse Than Expected™ — Vaccine Efficacy Edition

"Vaccinated people appear to be getting the coronavirus at a surprisingly high rate ...now, there’s growing concern that vaccinated people may be more vulnerable to serious illness than previously thought."
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"Over half of the population was fully vaccinated by March 25 ...it looked like the country was on its way to herd immunity ... [Today] Half of the seriously ill COVID patients currently hospitalized in #Israel were fully vaccinated"


"looked like" ImageImageImage
"the first 10 cases of the AY3 coronavirus strain [a highly infectious variant] ... found in #Israel", a country that already provides a fertile breeding ground for more infectious variants.

Expect further evolution towards full vaccine resistance. Image
"vaccine-resistant variants are highly likely to cause more (severe) disease in vaccinated as compared to non-vaccinated subjects"

"... a tremendous risk to all health care workers as the vast majority of them have already been vaccinated"
geertvandenbossche.org/post/unravelli… Image
"The level of breakthrough cases is much higher than anticipated"

Houston, Texas: Rice University, 98.5% vaccinated, shifts to online classes, for "time to assess the results of its recent testing"


My assessment: the vaccines won't bring herd immunity. Image
"Bay Area teen tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 during college move-in"

"According to the fully vaccinated 18-year-old, Huang began experiencing a tell-tale symptom of COVID-19, a loss of smell, right after moving into his dorm at USC."

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#Ireland: "St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin is admitting a “worrying” number of double-vaccinated patients for treatment for Covid-19"

"we’re seeing a significant number of breakthrough cases"

"that kids are transmitting the coronavirus to family members is unnerving many parents all over the U.S., and putting extra stress on many households as children head back to school"

#Florida: "Orange County leaders announced Monday that pediatric cases in children ages 5 to 14 make up roughly 20% of all new COVID-19 cases in the county, making them the age group contributing the most new infections in the area."

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"A 16-year-old football player at Westwood High School died from COVID-19 and pneumonia ... Buckner said her son, who had asthma, was vaccinated. She said Zo appeared to be the picture of health at the start of the school year"

"#Massachusetts public health officials reported 3,098 new COVID-19 breakthrough cases in fully vaccinated individuals in the past week ... 571 of breakthrough cases resulted in hospitalization ... 131 cases resulted in death"

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“There’s some sort of tipping point where immune evasion becomes a bigger fitness advantage than transmission”

"In the worst-case scenario, a variant could arise that would “make it like the vaccines did not exist”"


Actually ADE is a worse scenario. Image
"circulation of vaccine-resistant variants is not only going to overwhelm the health care system but also pose a tremendous risk to all health care workers as the vast majority of them have already been vaccinated." —@GVDBossche

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"A UK study ...[found] that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine ... effectiveness fell to 74% five or six months after receiving both doses ... the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine showed its effectiveness fell to 67% after four to five months."

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New in the @CDCgov's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: "Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness [found] to be 91% from December 14, 2020, to April 10, 2021. However, in the ensuing months until August 14, 2021, this effectiveness dropped to 66%."

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#Israel: "The key finding here is that there is evidence of waning immunity from the vaccinated population."

"After a decline in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially — with more than a four-fold increase in the past month ... As cases rise among children, some school leaders are pressing for precautions while others are banning mask mandates."

cnn.com/2021/08/25/hea… Image
"These findings suggest that vaccine breakthrough cases are preferentially caused by circulating antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants, and that symptomatic breakthrough infections may potentially transmit COVID-19 as efficiently as unvaccinated infections" Image
"Public health experts continue to believe that breakthrough infections are relatively uncommon"

"Scientists believe that breakthrough infections rarely result in severe illness"

“I believe in the vaccine”


bELiEvE sCiEnCe! 🤪
#NorthCarolina: "I think we are seeing the most pediatric patients admitted with COVID that we have seen throughout the pandemic"


Because #VaccinesWork! Image
#Virginia: "the 1st reported death of someone with COVID-19 who was 9 years old or younger"

#Texas: "Houston boy between the ages of 10 & 19 is reported to be the 1st pediatric COVID-19 death without underlying health conditions"
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New in Nature Communications: "our results demonstrate the escape of the emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants from neutralization by serum antibodies, which may lead to reduced protection from re-infection or increased risk of vaccine breakthrough."

nature.com/articles/s4146… Image
"universal mass vaccination will prompt dominant propagation of highly infectious, neutralization escape mutants, and naturally acquired — or vaccinal neutralizing antibodies — will no longer offer any protection to immunized individuals"

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"AdCOVID was well tolerated but did not stimulate an adequate immune response in healthy volunteers. Altimmune will discontinue further development"

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India: "Bharat Biotech has now begun testing an intranasal vaccine"

"Three [now two] other countries around the world are also conducting trials for intranasal vaccines ... A̶l̶t̶i̶m̶m̶u̶n̶e̶ [👆] ... Codagenix [UK] ... Beijing Wantai Biological [China]"

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New in medRxiv: "78% of infections in fully vaccinated people among the [San Francisco] study were caused by variants with [antibody-resistant immune escape] mutations, compared to 48% of the cases among unvaccinated people"

mercurynews.com/2021/08/27/new… Image
"breakthrough cases are preferentially caused by circulating antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants ...symptomatic breakthrough infections may potentially transmit COVID-19 as efficiently as unvaccinated infections"


tl;dr: Breakthrough=Variant Spreader Image
"A new coronavirus variant, C.1.2, has been detected in South Africa & a number of other countries ... it could be more infectious and evade vaccines ... has a mutation rate...nearly twice as fast as the current global mutation rate of the other variants"

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80% vaxxed #Singapore is changing gears towards a 'new normal'. Image
#India: "87,000 breakthrough cases ... health experts opine that the situation does not call for alarm or panic. The purpose of vaccination is not prevention of transmission, but reduction in the severity of the infection and chances of death"

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Worse Than Expected™ — COVID Mutation Rate Edition

New in Genome Biology and Evolution: SARS-CoV-2 "mutates almost once a week—significantly higher than the rate estimated previously ... new variants could emerge more quickly than thought previously"

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#Pennsylvania: "Among people hospitalized for the virus in the Pittsburgh region, the percentage who have been fully vaccinated ranges between 7% and 40%, doctors say, depending on the time period measured"


To be clear: "between 7% and 40%" is not 99%. Image
.@CDCgov: "The effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines against hospitalization appears to drop over time among adults over 75 ... protection against severe disease may be starting to wane among the most vulnerable Americans vaccinated earliest"

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@CDCgov "#Israel has recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus cases with nearly 11,000 new infections, amid a surge caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant as schools prepare to re-open. The previous high came on 18 January, with 10,118 cases."

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"Following a Friday announcement that Paul Stanley tested positive for the virus ... Gene Simmons has also tested positive, and [Kiss] will be postponing multiple upcoming shows ... the entire band and touring crew are fully vaccinated"

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"A new coronavirus strain has been declared a variant of interest by the @WHO with mutations that may be resistant to vaccines."

The #MuVariant "has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape"

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#Ireland: "A nursing home in the midlands has gone into full lockdown after more than a dozen residents and staff tested positive for Covid-19 ... all of the cases identified are among residents and staff who are fully vaccinated"


Because #VaccinesWork! Image
#Massachusetts "19,443 total COVID-19 breakthrough cases in fully vaccinated people as of Aug. 31 ... That’s 3,704 breakthrough cases more than...one week earlier. Among the breakthrough cases, 651 patients have been hospitalized and 144 have died."

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Unvaccinated "Rogan took to Instagram on Sept. 1 to share a message titled “I GOT COVID” ... “Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak, prednisone, everything. I also got an NAD drip and a vitamin drip ... Here we are on Wednesday, and I feel great.”

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#Japan: "the #MuVariant was detected in a woman in her 40s who arrived on June 26 from the United Arab Emirates. The other case was with a woman in her 50s who arrived on July 5 from the U.K. Both women were asymptomatic upon arrival."

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"Nine people who live in a long-term care facility in Orlando are sick with COVID-19 ... these residents were fully vaccinated ... They were showing COVID-19 symptoms and went to the hospital"


"rare", "mild", "unlikely to be hospitalizated"! Image
#Israel, March 2021: “When 60 percent of the population is vaccinated, it's enough for the infection rate to go down.”

(In fairness, they didn't actually claim that 60% vaccinated was enough for the infection rate to STAY down.) Image
March 2021: "Pfizer said its Covid-19 vaccine blocked 94% of asymptomatic infections ... at least 97% effective against symptomatic Covid cases, hospitalizations & deaths"

They now say 3 boosters/year are needed.

Why should we believe anything they say? Image

"25 cases detected in North Carolina; strain could be vaccine resistant" starnewsonline.com/story/news/202…

"1 case detected in West Virginia" newstribune.info/story/news/202…

But don't worry: "Fauci: Mu COVID variant not an "immediate threat" to U.S." axios.com/fauci-mu-covid… Image
I expect that the inevitable Covid surges due to school openings will be used to further justify vaccination children. But @GVDBossche has explained that vaccinating children will only hasten the emergence of fully resistant immune escape variants.

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@GVDBossche “Unfortunately, we’re back in a position where cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all going up and the U.K. has the highest rates of COVID in Europe, despite our superior vaccination rates" —Tim Spector, lead scientist on the Zoe COVID Study app

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@GVDBossche "#Israel’s national coronavirus czar on Saturday called for the country to begin making preparations to eventually administer fourth doses of the coronavirus vaccine."

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(flat intonation) oh my god how did this happen

"Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the Mu variant, for the first time, has been identified in the region."

"Delta and Mu variant spreading is leading to more breakthrough cases of Covid-19"

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Meanwhile, in the Valley of Fitness ...
New in Nature: "SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 Delta variant replication and immune evasion"

"Compromised vaccine efficacy against the highly fit and immune evasive B.1.617.2 Delta variant warrants continued infection control measures in the post-vaccination era."

nature.com/articles/s4158… Image
The #MuVariant "first detected in South America is now running rampant across the United States - and has been detected in 42 countries."

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"Connecticut College does have a vaccine requirement but did not share information about the percentage of students who are fully vaccinated. Channel 3 reached out to find out how many students have been vaccinated"...but apparently did not get an answer.

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"the Mu variant is highly resistant to sera from COVID-19 convalescent and BNT162b2-vaccinated individuals"


#MuVariant #ImmuneEscape #SuperVariants
"The number of patients in #Massachusetts hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 cases held at 622 ... Of those currently hospitalized, 178 are fully vaccinated"

178/622=28.6% of hospitalizations are fully vaxxed. (How many partially vaxxed, I wonder?)

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"Zoo Atlanta is treating 13 western lowland gorillas who have tested positive for COVID-19. The gorillas were tested after they demonstrated mild coughing, runny noses and loss of appetite."

ajc.com/news/coronavir… Image
"COVID hospitalization and death increases among vaccinated people age 65 and older also appeared higher than expected, according to the CDC"

"Findings were consistent with a potential decline in vaccine protection against confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection"

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#Massachusetts: "Breakthrough cases accounted for 181 of those hospitalizations — or 29% of total COVID cases in hospitals."

I imagine it's little comfort to those 181 breakthrough patients to know that they were "10 times less likely to be hospitalized". Image
Oh look - flawed logic:

"it is unlikely that vaccine-induced immunity will be the major player in variant emergence ... The modest benefit the virus would get from vaccine evasion is dwarfed by the vast opportunities to infect unvaccinated people."

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It's not an experiment! 🤪

“We are grateful for the cooperation between Pfizer and the Israeli Health Ministry. It is not a clinical research study. This is a non-interventional ‘real world’ evidence data collection collaboration.”

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"Of the 2,207 coronavirus cases recorded by the #Connecticut Department of Public Health in the most recent 7-day reporting period, 1,521 were not fully vaccinated. The remainder, 686, or 31.1 percent, had completed their vaccine series."

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“Variants that can beat the protection offered by vaccines are bound to emerge all over the world in the coming months and years” —David Nabarro, WHO Special Envoy for Covid-19

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#Massachusetts: "4,415 more breakthrough cases since last Tuesday’s report. A comparison of the seven-day report to the most recent seven days worth of new cases shows that approximately 40% of new cases are among those who are fully vaccinated."

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"escape mutants are able to infect even the vaccinated ... the vaccinated that do have breakthrough infections [may be] walking around feeling relatively healthy and yet producing and shedding just as much virus" —@RWMaloneMD, speaking with @jimmy_dore

"The whole policy is poorly thought out ... these people are [either] grossly incompetent, or their decisions are being inappropriately influenced." —@RWMaloneMD, speaking with @jimmy_dore

@RWMaloneMD @jimmy_dore @jimmy_dore: "What does 'leaky' mean?"

@RWMaloneMD: "No vaccine is perfect. But this one is particularly imperfect, in that the protection...is modest... and going down as the virus evolves .... that's never going to get us to herd immunity"

@RWMaloneMD @jimmy_dore "Lab test results have showed that COVID-19 caused the deaths of two beavers in Mongolia ... another seven beavers of the center have tested positive for the virus ... the beavers may have contracted the virus from their ranchers"


#AnimalReservoir Image
@RWMaloneMD @jimmy_dore "it means vaccines should be banned, not mandated. it means boosters are a societal risk accelerator not an attenuator. it means that adults do not need to be shielded from school kids, it means that school kids need to be protected from vaccinated adults" Image
Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.: "a group of African lions, along with a Sumatran tiger and two Amur tigers, were positive for COVID-19 in initial tests based on fecal samples, with final results expected in the next few days."

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"even asymptomatic, fully vaccinated people might shed infectious virus ... these data indicate that vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals infected with the Delta variant might transmit infection."

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@GVDBossche, FAQ #23, May 2021: "asymptomatically infected vaccinees will be more likely to shed ‘more infectious’ variants ... than non-vaccinated, asymptomatically infected subjects"

Riemersma et al., medRxiv, August 2021:
"Corporate media companies, from the New York Times and BBC to Facebook and Youtube – many of them invested in pharmaceuticals themselves – are deciding that you shouldn’t even know that the Covid vaccines are leaky, let alone the potential pitfalls." Image
"There is no more reason to believe that [scientists who best know about leaky vaccines employed by the vaccine companies] will whistleblow on the pharmaceuticals industry than the scientists who worked for the fossil fuel industry ..." —@Jonathan_K_Cook

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"a leaky vaccine has never before been used in the midst of a global pandemic. This is uncharted territory." —@Jonathan_K_Cook

@Jonathan_K_Cook "This is precisely not the time for lazy assumptions, group-think, censorship or standing back as the corporate media decides which experts should be allowed to be part of the public conversation."
#Singapore: "1,009 new infections on Saturday, and 1,012 new cases on Sunday ... more than 80% of Singapore’s population has already been vaccinated"


"New Normal"?
"A new mutation of the Delta variant which could make it more resistant to vaccines has been identified in the UK ... suggests the virus is coming under pressure in a largely vaccinated population in the UK and is trying to adapt to survive"

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"We can expect a switch towards evolution really being driven for immune escape and antigenic drift. This degree of evolvability we've seen so far, to me, suggests that we can expect a fairly rapid pace of antigenic drift in the future."

"Can a vaccinated young person who is socially active transmit the virus to a vaccinated elderly person?"


New in Clinical Infectious Diseases: "people who contract [Covid] through the Alpha variant of SARS-CoV-2, exhale “43 to 100 times” more virus into the air than those infected with its original strains"

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"Mild cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated individuals are becoming increasingly common ... but physicians and public health experts say that shouldn’t be a cause for significant concern."


*provided you ignore natural selection. Anyway, so much for "rare". Image
#Israel: "If the vaccine is preventing hospitalisations, then the rate of hospitalisations per positive test rate should have fallen dramatically relative to history. Has it? Here is the data. Short answer: no ... what about deaths per positive test rate? No clear impact here." Image
"The R.1 variant, now in Georgia, was first detected in the US in a Kentucky nursing home in March ... infected 25% of the vaccinated residents."

“That’s the first warning, that there was a virus that spreads through a fully vaccinated population”

11alive.com/article/news/h… Image
"That is the major concern about these breakthrough cases. The 𝘀𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻-𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱, who will get sicker."


"Pandemic of the unvaccinated" Image
"A comparison of age adjusted all-cause mortality rates in England between vaccinated and unvaccinated"

"It turns out that, even using this age adjusted mortality rate, the death rate is currently higher among the vaccinated than the unvaccinated."
"The vaccinated are actually higher risk for becoming super-spreaders. Because they're replicating virus at the same or higher levels as the unvaccinated, but they feel better, so that means they're more likely to be out in the community." —@RWMaloneMD

@RWMaloneMD "The most important thing to do ... is to reduce infectious pressure ... How can we reduce it? Well, first of all, we have to stop this mass vaccination ... the worst thing ever is to vaccinate younger age groups ... this is the buffer!" —@GVDBossche
@RWMaloneMD @GVDBossche @RWMaloneMD on original antigenic sin and high-zone tolerance.

"As we look forward in vaccine policy there's the assumption that more is better. That's not true with vaccines."
@RWMaloneMD @GVDBossche "I also predicted that, first it would primarily affect the vulnerable people, the elderly, but then the virus would come back and hit also increasingly younger age groups, which is what we are seeing right now. So it's pretty much in line with what I predicted." —@GVDBossche
@RWMaloneMD @GVDBossche "the Israeli data are not only concerning to me, I think they're concerning to the US government right now" —@RWMaloneMD
"Breakthrough patients in #Guam account for about 40% of hospital admissions. The Covid surge is perplexing for a territory with a vaccination rate close to 90%, ranking sixth in the US."

theguardian.com/world/2021/sep… Image
"Over 20% of positive, vaccinated individuals had low Ct-values (<20) [indicative of high viral loads], a third of which were asymptomatic"

"asymptomatic vaccinated individuals may increasingly contribute to the ongoing pandemic as the proportion of vaccinated individuals grows"
“This communication … challenges the assumption that high universal vaccination rates will lead to herd immunity and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks… In the outbreak described here [Israel, July 2021], 96.2% of the exposed population was vaccinated.”

eurosurveillance.org/content/10.280… Image
"Hospitals across most New England states are seeing full intensive care units & staff shortages as growing coronavirus cases continue to shake the region ... full vaccination rates across the six New England states ranging from a high of 69.4% to 61.5%"

axios.com/coronavirus-pa… Image
"We report a case cluster caused by Delta sublineage B.1.617.2 harboring the mutation E484K in Italy during July 11–July 29, 2021. This mutation appears to affect immune response and vaccine efficacy; monitoring its appearance is urgent."


#ImmuneEscape Image
"A Virginia family is trying to process how their 10-year-old daughter went from being perfectly healthy to dying in five days from Covid-19 ... Her parents...are vaccinated along with their two older sons."

cnn.com/2021/10/04/us/… Image
New in The Lancet - Retrospective S. California cohort study finds Pfizer vaccine "Effectiveness against infections declined from 88% during the first month after full vaccination to 47% after 5 months."

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Dr. John Campbell: "Doubly-vaccinated people [in the #UK] are clearly getting infected. In the fully vaccinated population over 14,000 new cases per day"

*Those are just the symptomatic cases; there are almost certainly uncounted asymptomatic cases too.
"What we're doing with universal vaccination is driving towards this endpoint of vaccine-resistant mutants." —@RWMaloneMD
"In July the majority of my sicker patients were unvaccinated. And then I noticed in August it seemed to be about 50-50. And now I'm noticing it's more vaccinated. And so ... a very quick change in my practice." —Dr. Heather Gessling

full video: 3speak.tv/watch?v=pandem…
Qatar (76% fully vaxxed): "BNT162b2-induced protection against SARS-COV-2 infection appeared to wane rapidly following its peak after the second dose, but protection against hospitalization and death persisted at a robust level for 6 months"

nejm.org/doi/full/10.10… Image
Q: "Can we vax our way out of this? Is that possible?"

A: "You can vaccinate the whole world with [the current leaky vaccines] and you still won't stop the spread. What you will do is select for even more potent escape mutants"

New in NEJM: "Pfizer's immunity effectiveness declines steadily, hovering at around 20% after the four-month mark"

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#Pennsylvania: "In September, 26% of the nearly 5,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 were vaccinated, the @PAHealthDept said. That’s up from prior estimates from health systems, which stated about 10% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 had gotten the vaccine." Image
@PAHealthDept "Rounding out the top 5 most prevalent lineages [in Nevada] are four mutants of delta — AY.4, AY.25, AY3 and AY13 — accounting for 29% of genetically sequenced cases. “These sublineages — there’s more than just AY.26 — are really taking over”"

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@PAHealthDept "The first stages of this evolution [towards immune escape variants that are fully resistant to the vaccines] is what we now begin to see in countries which have already massively vaccinated their population"

geertvandenbossche.org/post/the-last-… Image
@PAHealthDept @GVDBossche, June 2021: "there is ... one certainty, which is that Sars-CoV-2 𝘃𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗶𝗱𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 they are experiencing"

geertvandenbossche.org/post/why-the-o… Image
@PAHealthDept @GVDBossche "this is an awful lot of puzzle pieces snapping together and i think we’re really starting to see what this is a picture of. leaky vaccines that stop severe illness and death but not spread look to be affecting the evolution of the covid 19 virus." Image
"it’s the virus adapting to a stressor we put on it and becoming much more dangerous as a result ... everyone is harmed but the brunt is borne by the unvaccinated which perversely winds up looking like better vaccine efficacy"

"This virus has taken a painful toll on both the vaccinated and unvaccinated over the past few months, a phenomenon that is very well explained with a leaky vaccine that fails to sterilize the virus but causes viral immune escape and a degree of vaccine mediated enhancement." Image
"The reality is that more people have died from COVID-19 in 2021, with most adults vaccinated (and nearly all seniors), than in 2020 when nobody was vaccinated. Something is not adding up"

"what one would expect if a virus were undergoing vaccine mediated evolution ... and selecting for hotter strains because vaccinated people can carry and spread them and not die ... CFR on delta is nearly 7X what it was in the beginning of june"

boriquagato.substack.com/p/are-leaky-va… Image
"the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people" Image
bUt, BuT, wHeRe Is HeRd ImMuNiTy?!?

(Spoiler: Dr. Campbell remains bewildered by the pandemic dynamics, and unable to reliably distinguish between correlation and causation.)

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But I have yet to see evidence that disproves this hypothesis. Not smears. Not ad hominem attacks. Not straw-man arguments. Actual evidence.
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