By Vasko Kohlmayer - January 19, 2022
“The bottom line is that the vaccine is excellent against the Alpha and Delta [variants], for Omicron it’s not good enough” said Prof. Gili Regev-Yochay who led an Israeli experiment of assessing the effectives of the vaccine against corona’s latest variant.
Do you realise what this implies?
Given the fact that the vaccines do not work against Omicron and that Omicron is now the globally dominant Covid strain, it makes no logical or medical sense to continue with vaccinating and boostering at this time.
After all, why would anyone in their right mind needlessly inject people with failed protections that carry a risk of severe adverse reactions.
At this point we are out of vaccine options. No vaccine that is currently at our disposal can protect people from contracting and transmitting Omicron infection or reduce the severity of its symptoms.
We have seen that the opposite is actually the case: the vaccinated and the boostered are contracting omicron at higher rates than the unvaccinated.
This means that there is nothing we can do by way of vaccinal intervention with the shots that are available to us at the moment.
Here is the reality of our situation: We have come – at least for now – to the end of the vaccine road as far as Covid-19 is concerned. At this time, we simply possess no effective vaccine with which to tackle this disease.
This may change in the future, but for now this is the reality of our situation, and it is imperative that we clearly grasp and accept it so that we do not inflict any unnecessary injury or death.
Since the vaccines are ineffective against the prevailing variant, all Covid injectioneering has to stop. To give out any more shots of these vaccines – which we know do not work – is senseless and medically irresponsible.
Continuing vaccination under current circumstances can bring no benefit and will only result in needless harm. To pointlessly expose healthy people to potential injury would constitute medical malfeasance.
We, therefore, call upon health authorities, politicians, employers and schools to follow science and common sense.
The science and common sense clearly show that all vaccine and booster mandates need to be suspended.
We ask that this be done immediately and without delay.
We also ask that all Covid passports schemes be revoked. Covid health passes do not serve any legitimate purpose since the vaccinated are not protected against infection, and, in fact, the data show that they are getting infected more readily than their unvaccinated counterparts. For some reason, Omicron seems to target the vaccinated especially.
All throughout this pandemic we have been told by our politicians and health officials to follow the science. It is time for them to finally live up to their own teaching.
We ask them to do what is right in this situation: End all vaccine mandates and health pass schemes.
In the wake of the vaccinal failure, doing anything other would be medically negligent and scientifically unjustifiable.
The Professor had earlier been outspoken about booster shots
Data from research headed by Prof. Gili Regev-Yochay indicate that it is not worthwhile expanding administering the fourth dose to the population at large in Israel.
New data from serological research at Sheba Medical Center in Israel have found that although a fourth Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccination significantly increases the level of antibodies against Covid, it is not strong enough to cope with the Omicron variant.
The research headed by Prof. Gili Regev-Yochay examined morbidity among Sheba employees and found that although the fourth vaccination raised the number of antibodies, high numbers still tested positive for Omicron.
Regev-Yochay stressed that these were still preliminary results. She added that the numbers examined would not be published, because there was importance to the period of time after receiving the vaccination, and the current numbers would only be confusing. She said that the Omicron infection of 270 participants in the research was significant.
The fourth vaccination was not completely ineffective against Omicron but the variant was successful in partially evading it. It was not clear whether the fourth vaccination adds protection against severe illness, beyond that provided by the third booster dose.
At the moment no severe illness with Omicron has been seen among the trial's participants in the fourth vaccination, but then neither has it been seen among those with three doses.
Israel approved a fourth Covid vaccination immediately after the outbreak of the Omicron variant, without any special research, based on the success of the third vaccination against the Delta variant last summer, even though the vaccine was not designed for it.
However, it seems that Omicron has moved even further away from the original Covid, for which the vaccine was designed.
It still does not neccessarily mean that the fourth jab has been entirely superfluous for all the 537,500 Israelis who have received it. The Delta variant is still infecting many Israelis and is probably responsible for many of those who are seriously ill with Covid. The fourth vaccination adds protection for those whose antibodies have started fading from the third jab. The fourth vaccination might also add protection against serious infection.
However, the data indicate that it is not worthwhile expanding administering the fourth dose to the population at large. Until now only over 60s and high-risk groups have been eligible for a fourth vaccination in Israel.
The data also show that it is worthwhile developing a vaccine specifically targeting Omicron for high-risk groups and readying to more swiftly develop vaccination for the next variants, which could be more infectious and more aggressive than Omicron. The existing vaccine won't necessarily work well against them.
Published by Globes, Israel business news - en.globes.co.il - on January 17, 2022.