A senior scientist at Oxford University has warned the global rollout of Covid-19 vaccines will trigger the virus to mutate, driven by “immunological selection” rather than the adaptations we have seen so far and cause new mutated COVID-19 variants.
According to concerns raised by a senior scientist at Oxford University, the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines may lead to mutations in the virus caused by immunological selection.
Based on the observations made on COVID-19 virus mutations, Professor Sir John Bell has informed that the virus is mutating in order to be more effective in its new hosts, that is humans.
“Most of the variants we have seen so far represent that kind of adaptation to a new species; it’s a bit like moving into a new apartment, you are shuffling the sofa around and making sure the TV is in the right place,” Bell told colleagues and lawmakers.
“What we will see between now and the end of the year is a number of variants which are driven by immunological selection, largely by the vaccines, and that will add another layer of complexity.”
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Bell also added that people are getting reinfected by the Brazilian and South African strains as these strains are resistant to the immunity that we have developed against previous COVID-19 virus strains.
In addition to it, Bell stated that the vaccines that are being developed are equally effective against all the existing strains of COVID-19 virus and it will prove helpful in controlling severe disease.
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“We need to be conscious of the new variants, we need to be ready to make new vaccines if we need them, but I am pretty clear our existing vaccines are going to work to some extent [against known variants],” the Oxford scientist stated.
As of now, we have identified thousands of variants of COVID-19 virus across the globe. Many of these new variants were found in the UK.
Meanwhile, the former Vice President of Zambia, Dr. Nevers Mumba has declared that COVID-19 vaccines made by foreign manufacturers should not be injected into any Zambians if it cannot be verified and validated by local Zambian scientists.
Similar concerns were also raised recently by Czech Microbiologist Soňa Peková who also admitted that she would not be vaccinated.
She claimed in an interview that the coronavirus strain which caused the 2nd and the 3rd wave was artificially engineered.
According to her, the COVID-19 vaccine may not work for the British coronavirus mutation, and that it is not certain what the vaccine will do in five to ten years.
Even the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said that COVID-19 vaccines will change your DNA and that he does not know what would be its long-term effects.
As reported by GreatGameIndia earlier, according to pharma giant Moderna itself, the COVID-19 mRNA based experimental vaccines being approved for emergency use for the first time in history are Operating System designed to program human DNA.
Moreover, a group of researchers in the The Lancet medical journal have warned that Covid-19 vaccines currently in development could increase the risk of acquiring HIV, potentially leading to an increase in infections.
Australia had to scrap their billion dollar coronavirus vaccine project after participants tested positive for HIV.
Meanwhile, American federal officials are investigating COVID-19 vaccine recipients who developed the rare blood disorder thrombocytopenia, with at least several cases resulting in death.
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