The World Health Organization and the European Union regulators are advising against repeated COVID-19 vaccine boosters amid overwhelming data that indicate they are ineffective at stopping the COVID variants.
On Tuesday, EU regulators admitted that repeated shots may not be feasible, and the WHO declared that a booster strategy is “unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable.”
An EU health agency warned that not only are booster shots not feasible, they could “adversely affect the immune system,” Bloomberg reported.
Repeat booster doses every four months could eventually weaken the immune system and tire out people, according to the European Medicines Agency. Instead, countries should leave more time between booster programs and tie them to the onset of the cold season in each hemisphere, following the blueprint set out by influenza vaccination strategies, the agency said.
Boosters “can be done once, or maybe twice, but it’s not something that we can think should be repeated constantly,” Marco Cavaleri, the EMA head of biological health threats and vaccines strategy, said at a press briefing on Tuesday. “We need to think about how we can transition from the current pandemic setting to a more endemic setting.”
The WHO released a statement about COVID vaccines on Tuesday admitting that “a vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable.”
The WHO recommended that future vaccines be developed to combat whatever Sars-Cov-2 strain is dominant at the moment, specifically advising that they be “more effective” at protecting against infection, and stopping transmission.
The WHO said COVID-19 vaccines need to:
be based on strains that are genetically and antigenically close to the circulating SARS-CoV-2 variant(s);
in addition to protection against severe disease and death, be more effective in protection against infection thus lowering community transmission and the need for stringent and broad-reaching public health and social measures;
elicit immune responses that are broad, strong, and long-lasting in order to reduce the need for successive booster doses.
As independent journalist Alex Berenson noted, it will be a near-impossible task for the pharmaceutical companies to keep up with the new variants.
At least five major variants (“variants of concern”) have developed in the last year, and two have become globally dominant. Even the mRNA vaccines cannot be cooked up and delivered fast enough to match whatever strain of virus becomes dominant. Covid is faster than the scientists.
Berenson predicted that COVID vaccines in the future “will look a lot like current influenza vaccinations.”
They’ll be cooked up annually and handed out at the beginning of the winter season. They won’t do much, and no one will expect them to.
Except when it comes to Covid, the WHO doesn’t want those vaccines either.
It explicitly said in the statement that future vaccines against Covid must “be more effective in protection against infection thus lowering community transmission.”
Two huge points hidden in those 11 words:
First, they are inherently a devastating critique of the current failure of Covid vaccines to work as promised.
Second, the WHO does NOT apply that standard to flu vaccines, which do not and are not expected to stop community transmission. Why demand more of Covid vaccines? The only honest answer is that the mRNA and DNA Covid vaccines have much more severe side effects than flu vaccines and thus must be held to a much higher standard.
Which they have no hope of meeting.
“The war is over,” Berenson concluded. “The (mRNA) vaccines lost. The only question is when how many more people will be harmed before American public health authorities announce their surrender.”