Exit Strategy

We all need hope at times like this.

But false hope is worse than no hope at all, and that seems to be what the BBC was reporting yesterday.

Here’s the news article that’s got me annoyed – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52329659. The headline reads ‘Coronavirus Vaccine: target of a million doses by September, scientists say’. Now call me old fashioned, but that sounds to me like some scientists have said that there is an intention of producing a million doses of a vaccine against coronavirus by September (which, incidentally, is just 5 months from now). And that implies that there is a vaccine against coronavirus.

There is no vaccine against coronavirus.

It hasn’t been discovered yet.

You have to read down to paragraph two of the BBC article, below the picture, before there’s any suggestion that it might not happen – and it’s phrased to sound like it’s the UK government that is pouring cold water on the idea by saying it’s ‘not guaranteed’

The article goes on to say that ‘most experts’ agree that it will take 12 to 18 months before a vaccine can be developed. So why on earth have the BBC gone with the ‘it’ll all be over by September’ headline?

Quick reality check required.

Bringing a new drug to market takes years IF IT HAPPENS AT ALL. Ten years is not unusual. And at the end of the ten years, when you get to the clinical trials stage, all that work can come to naught if there are untoward side-effects when it’s tested on actual human beings. Far more drugs don’t make it to market than actually do make it to market.

And here’s the thing. Talk of a vaccine for coronavirus makes one basic assumption – that ‘somewhere out there’ there is a vaccine waiting to be discovered. That if we simply pour enough money into it, get enough scientists working on it, then we will find it. That we are entitled to discover a vaccine.

That’s the height of arrogance. Why should there be a vaccine? There’s isn’t one for the common cold – another variant of coronavirus. There is absolutely no reason why there should be a vaccine for Covid-19. We can hope that there is – but as the UK Government has stated, quite correctly, ‘there are no guarantees’.

Maybe, just maybe, we are going to have to come to terms (as all previous generations have had to do) with the notion that there are some diseases out there that might kill us. We have no God-given right to a disease-free life.

If developing a vaccine is our exit strategy – we need another exit strategy,

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. anglosvizzera says:

    I wonder why so many people, members of the public I mean, seem to think that a magic vaccine will be the cure to this problem. As you point out, the common cold can be a result of a coronavirus and there’s never been any successful vaccine for that. There is also talk of it mutating, which may mean that any vaccine developed now will be next to useless, much like the flu vaccines that are often hardly effective and seem to me, from NHS work colleagues who had it and people with elderly relatives, to make matters worse! Research from Canada indicated that people who had a regular flu jab each year were more likely to get ‘Influenza-like Illnesses’ (ILIs) than those who weren’t vaccinated or had only had one.

    Indeed, when the SARS scare happened and China rushed to try and produce a vaccine, they found when testing animals that those that had been vaccinated, when exposed to the virus against which they were meant to be protected, fared far, far worse than the unvaccinated ones.

    In the UK Covid-19 vaccines trial information for participants, this is clearly stated:

    “Theoretical Concerns – could this vaccine make COVID-19 disease worse?

    “In the past, experimental vaccines were developed by different research groups against the SARS virus, which is in the same family as the COVID-19 virus and also infects the lungs. In some cases, animals that received certain types of experimental SARS vaccines appeared to develop more severe lung inflammation when they were later infected with SARS compared with unvaccinated animals. There has also been one report of this increased disease-associated inflammation being seen in a mouse study for a vaccine against MERS-CoV (another related virus) but this has not been observed in any other reported animal studies. These problems were not seen in animal studies with ChAdOx1- MersCoV vaccine, which is very similar to the vaccine being used in this study, when the animals were exposed to the wild virus. Studies of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine in animals are currently ongoing but: we do not yet know whether this could also be a side effect of exposure to the pandemic COVID-19 virus in this COVID-19 vaccine study, whether this effect could occur in humans or whether this might lead to more severe COVID-19 disease in some cases.”


    Here’s one of the warnings given during the SARS vaccine tests:


    “These SARS-CoV vaccines all induced antibody and protection against infection with SARS-CoV. However, challenge of mice given any of the vaccines led to occurrence of Th2-type immunopathology suggesting hypersensitivity to SARS-CoV components was induced. Caution in proceeding to application of a SARS-CoV vaccine in humans is indicated.”


    Another point is that instead of an inert placebo, they are going to use the Meningitis ACWY vaccine as a ‘placebo’ instead. This is the usual practice in vaccine trials, they never use an inert saline placebo so they can then say that there was little or no difference in adverse reactions! (To be absolutely clear, there was a very small trial of one of the HPV vaccines, Gardasil, using a saline placebo but when publishing the results they put those together with the other trials and didn’t publish them separately!)

    The trial participants are to be between 18 and 55 and otherwise healthy, whereas the people most at risk are said to be over 60 and with underlying health conditions. So how they can test safety and efficacy on a group least at risk and then assume it’ll be safe and work properly for the most at risk seems a bit far-fetched.

    I saw an interview with Bill Gates on the BBC a few days ago, who stands to make even more money from his investments in this new vaccine (does he NEED more money?), where he pointed out that if there is an adverse reaction that happens a couple of years down the line, it’ll have been worth rushing it out – but that manufacturers and investors should be exempt from liability if anything goes wrong. That is already the case in the USA. There are vaccine-compensation schemes here and in the USA but they are notoriously difficult to navigate and despite having paid out millions, most people don’t succeed. In fact, the one in the UK states that a child has to be over the age of 2 to be able to claim, so by then they’d likely had 29 doses of something (some in combination like the 6-in-1 Infanrix Hexa or the MMR) already.

    Of course, many autoimmune diseases are thought to have been triggered by vaccines received months or years earlier, the H1N1 vaccine trials didn’t pick up the devastating narcolepsy adverse effect in children that appeared later on ‘in the field’, many NHS staff have developed serious arthritis, particularly in their hips, following the Hep B vaccine and so on.

    I am puzzled by the fact that the media make no effort to inform the public how to take care of themselves through giving up smoking, giving up junk food, particularly sugar which is known to adversely affect white blood cells for about 5 hours after ingestion, getting out in the sun around lunchtime to get a good boost of vitamin D (very low in most people after the winter months), eating a nutritious diet and maybe taking supplements to optimise the immune system, getting moderate exercise (too much intense exercise depresses the immune system), getting good quality sleep and not stressing about it all (as that depletes magnesium which increases anxiety and the ability to cope with stressful situations – and is needed to activate vitamin D.)

    The ‘vaccine unicorn’ will most likely never save us!


    1. I totally agree with you – particularly about the smoking link. The people who will be most severely affected by this are the people with underlying health conditions – specifically conditions that affect the lungs. And that is going to mean that it will affects smokers in disproportionate numbers compared to the rest of the population, but nothing is being mentioned about this at all.
      In China, they noticed that more men than women were dying of it – it was nothing to do with being a man or a woman, simply that more men smoke in China than women. It was the smokers who were adversely affected to a much greater extent.

      Stay safe!! xx

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  2. anglosvizzera says:

    Smoking also destroys vitamin C in the body and vitamin C is essential to fight these kinds of viral illnesses, more of it than usual at the moment is recommended and, despite that the MSM says it’s ‘useless’, trials using very high doses are being done around the world (apparently successfully.)

    I just saw this article – I, for one, would rather do everything I can to prepare myself to be ‘infected’ naturally and hope for mild symptoms through the steps I’m taking (diet, supplements etc) than risk this dodgy-sounding vaccine!



    1. Yes, yes, and yes. Although, of course, there’s always a chance that despite being basically fit and healthy, the virus will ‘get’ you. And it doesn’t really help people who aren’t in the best of health.


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