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CDC Whispers, "Retreat"
Public health begins quietly reversing course on vaccines
In the past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quietly began reversing course on two Covid-19 fronts: (1) its overall guidance for testing, quarantines, and vaccines in homes, workplaces, and schools and (2) its assertions about the biological mechanisms of mRNA vaccines.
In doing so, CDC is now inching toward the policies which the slandered doctors of the Great Barrington Declaration offered nearly two years ago. Protect the vulnerable, empower individuals with good information, but don’t destroy the economy and divide society with ineffective mass lockdowns and discriminatory policies. Congratulations, Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorff, John Ioannidis, Harvey Risch, and Scott Atlas; you were right.
CDC now grudgingly acknowledges that vaccination provides no meaningful public protection compared to the unvaccinated. I covered the question of recovered immunity versus vaccination extensively here Free Novak Now! and, back in November 2021, here Covid-19 Dynamics. In his legal battle with the University of California, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, who was fired for his scientifically accurate claims, has now called checkmate. Law professor Todd Zywicki was right, too. Paul Thacker trumpets the “Great Misremembering” with a long list of laugh-or-cry authoritative wrongness.
Major media outlets such as NPR, CNN, Washington Post, and the New York Times, dutifully repeated back new statements from CDC officials, without noting they had reported the complete opposite last year: COVID-19 vaccines provided much better protection than prior infection. See this CNN interview last August, for example, where Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy allegedly shot down an “antivaxxer’s claim” about natural immunity.
“We are seeing more and more data that tells us, that while you get some protection from natural protection, it’s not nearly as strong as what you get from the vaccine,” Dr. Murthy told CNN at the time.
The intellectual victory provides little solace to millions of pilots, soldiers, nurses, students, and others who were fired, shunned, unnecessarily quarantined, or forced to take the vaccine, despite their superior scientific evaluations and legitimate personal (and public!) health choices.
With the quiet removal of language from its website in a distinct matter, CDC may also be acknowledging, however implicitly, the findings of Drs. Byram Bridle, Robert Malone, and Ryan Cole regarding the safety of the mRNA vaccines. Beginning 15 months ago, these doctors and a few other brave scientists issued warnings about the overly broad bio-distribution of the lipid nanoparticle (which contains the mRNA code) and the toxicity of the Spike protein (which the mRNA instructs our cells to produce). They said the lipid nano-bubbles do not stay in the shoulder as intended but spread through much of the body. They also said the Spike protein, key to many of the inflammatory and coagulatory pathologies of natural Covid infection, was likely causing the shocking number of apparent vaccine injuries.
For the past 18 months, however, CDC, in an attempt to calm the public, denied these insights. In messages explaining how mRNA vaccines work, CDC insisted that
The mRNA and the spike protein do not last long in the body.
Our cells break down the mRNA from these vaccines and get rid of it within a few days after vaccination.
Scientists estimate that the spike protein, like other proteins our bodies create, may stay in the body up to a few weeks.
These CDC statements probably relied on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for studying pharmacokinetics (the movement of drugs through the body) and many other safety factors. According to newly released freedom-of-information documents, FDA did receive rudimentary bio-distribution data from Pfizer showing the vaccine’s lipid nanoparticle container didn’t stay in muscle tissue of test animals but flowed to their spleens, livers, hearts, brains, and ovaries, among other tissues. We don’t know if FDA told CDC, but it didn’t tell the public. Neither, of course, did Pfizer.
As far as we know, FDA also never looked at how much Spike vaccinated animals and humans produce, or for how long. Some analysts call these vaccines pro-drugs, precursor substances which the body turns into a drug. For a normal drug, we know the dosage and how long it takes our bodies to metabolize and clear it. A pro-drug requires further study to understand how much of the primary substance results in how much of the final drug. Instead of vaccine or even pro-drug, the more accurate definition might be gene therapy. Because mRNA is an instructional code, as long as it stays in the body, it potentially keeps generating protein. If that protein is harmful, then you’ve got a big problem. Especially if authorities are urging or mandating repeated doses, as in boosters.
In recent weeks, CDC erased from its website its longstanding claims that the vaccines’ mRNA and Spike protein are short-lived. The text of the new CDC webpage (below right) omits its previous assurances (below left).
In January 2022, however, pathologists at Stanford University showed that vaccinal mRNA persists for at least 60 days.1 How could that be? Normally, RNA breaks down in a matter of minutes, hours, or days. It delivers a coded message to ribosomes, which build proteins, and then it dissolves. Unlike natural RNA, however, the RNA in the vaccines is synthetic.2 Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna make liberal use of pseudouridine as a replacement for uracil, one of the four building block nucleotides of RNA code. It appears our bodies do not break down and clear the the synthetic RNA like they would natural RNA. This means the vaccinal mRNA might continue instructing our ribosomes to make Spike protein not for hours but for months, or with booster shots, for years.
The Spike protein itself can persist in our cells for up to 15 months and is likely a chief cause of not only acute Covid-19 pathology and chronic Covid (or Long Covid) but also acute and chronic vaccine pathologies, from myocarditis to neuropathy to autoimmune troubles.4 Many symptoms of Acute and Long Covid and Acute and Long Pfizer resemble each other. But the vaccines generate far more Spike for a much longer period than natural infection. That may be why maladies among healthy people of all ages skyrocketed in 2021 compared to 2020, when most bad Covid outcomes were confined to the elderly and comorbid.
Right now, Malone notes, FDA and CDC are running more than a dozen new clinical (human) trials on mRNA – presumably without having reevaluated the mRNA and Spike persistence or toxicity in animals. The public retreat is thus not matched with action addressing fundamental concerns with the mRNA platform. mRNA may one day be a safe and effective technology, but not yet.
Thailand and Denmark
The new guidance suggesting there is little benefit from Covid-19 vaccination cannot be squared with ongoing guidance that young people be vaccinated. The authorities now acknowledge the benefits are vanishingly small. Everyday, however, more evidence emerges on the seriousness and frequency of the harms.
A simple yet remarkable new pre-print study from Thailand looked at the Pfizer vaccine’s effect on adolescent heart health, something the FDA and CDC should have examined long ago. In two Bangkok schools, 301 students ages 13-18 were tested for cardiovascular function before and after two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The study thus established a pre-vaccination baseline. The results confirm the growing evidence of heart inflammation following mRNA vaccination, especially among young males. The study, however, suggests heart problems are even more frequent than previously known or acknowledged.
Seven participants, or 2.3%, suffered myo/pericarditis. (Three had clinical myo/pericarditis. Four more had subclinical myocarditis.) Myo/pericarditis often leads to long-term heart complications, even heart failure and sudden death. The government claims myo/pericarditis occurs at a rate of something like one in 12,500. Better studies have found the number could be more like one in 2,500 (see Chua, et al.; Patone, et al.; and Sharff, et al.). The far more direct Thai measurements suggest it may be closer to one in 50. If correct, the government’s risk assessment of myocarditis in young people is off by a factor of 250.
The Thai study’s findings of milder heart troubles were just as alarming. Nearly 30% of all participants suffered some cardiovascular event, such as tachycardia or hypertension, and 17.9% showed an abnormal EKG. These types of events could lead to sudden deaths, which may still be rare but are suddenly all too frequent. Nature Portfolio is now warning of a possible surge of cardiac troubles, though it prospectively blames the longterm effects of Covid-19 itself, never mentioning the vaccine.
Denmark just stopped offering the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines to those under 18.5 Many nations discourage use for those under 30. Don’t be surprised if, in coming months, some health agencies discourage or ban them for more age groups, or altogether. Regardless, the new CDC guidance should finally free people to make that choice on their own.
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P.S. Alex Berenson published new internal text messages from Twitter which seem to prove the White House, in a possible First Amendment violation, urged and ordered social media to censor critics of its Covid-19 policies. We’d previously commented on the legal and policy issues here: New CDC Documents Amplify the Social Dilemma.
“Immune imprinting, breadth of variant recognition, and germinal center response in human SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination.” Katharina Röltgen, et al. Cell. Volume 185, Issue 6, P1025-1040.E14, March 17, 2022. https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(22)00076-9.
The mRNA contained in the first generation Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna should really be called something else – perhaps modRNA, syntheticRNA, pseudoRNA, or psiRNA. At the nucleotide level, they are not exact replicas of the mRNA of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The vaccines make liberal use of N-1 methyl-pseudouridine, represented by the letter psi – 𝚿. RNA code employs four nucleotides – (A)denine, (U)racil, (G)uanine, and (C)ytosine. (DNA also contains A, G, and C but uses (T)hymine instead of (U)racil). In nature, pseudouridine 𝚿 can substitute for (U)racil at very low frequency – perhaps one or two percent of the U’s might be 𝚿’s. We don’t understand all the ways 𝚿 is a perfect substitute for U and how in other cases it might be a very imperfect substitute. In order to make the vaccines more stable and less inflammatory, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna replaced most of the U’s with 𝚿’s. This liberal use of pseudouridine perhaps worked in the ways they intended, but not without a number of unintended downsides. It perhaps suppressed the immediate inflammatory reaction, which was a long-known problem of the mRNA technology platform, but at the expense of persistence in the body for months not hours.
A new American Heart Association study finds that the Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 harms the heart. “Coronavirus spike protein activated natural immune response, damaged heart muscle cells.” July 25, 2022. https://newsroom.heart.org/news/coronavirus-spike-protein-activated-natural-immune-response-damaged-heart-muscle-cells. And yet cognitive dissonance reigns. The scientists concluded that because the Spike is so harmful, it’s important to get vaccinated. They seem not to have considered two key facts: the vaccine does not prevent natural infection, and it produces far more Spike for much longer than natural infection.
“Persistence of SARS CoV-2 S1 protein in CD16+ monocytes in post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) up to 15 months post-infection.” Front Immunol 2022 doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.746021. Patterson BK, et al. “SARS-CoV-2 S1 Protein Persistence in SARS-CoV-2 Negative Post-Vaccination Individuals with Long COVID/ PASC-Like Symptoms. Preprint.” Bruce K. Patterson, et al. https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-1844677/v1.
See Danish Health Ministry at https://sst.dk/en/English/Corona-eng/Vaccination-against-covid-19/Vaccination-fall-and-winter-2022-2023.