As global mass vaccination is going on, we have been fixating on the risks of Covid-19 vaccines. At least I’ve written a number of such articles, namely on the biodistribution of mRNA and DNA vaccines, vaccine-induced blood clots and low platelets, and original antigen sin. But this time, let’s look at the virus (SARS-CoV-2) or disease (Covid-19) more closely.
First, let’s briefly recap what most of us already knows about the health risks of SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19:
In 1960, Thomas Francis Jr., MD, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan who was the first to isolate the influenza virus in the U.S., published a paper titled “On the Doctrine of Original Antigenic Sin” in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society that is pertinent to our understanding of immunological memory to this day.
We have seen at least two major developments on Covid-19 during the past month: the vaccine-induced thrombotic (blood clots) thrombocytopenia (low platelets) and the origin of Covid-19. These two important topics, as well as other fascinating vaccine stores, are covered in Microbial Instincts. And here’s a short description of them that I hope keeps you more scientifically informed:
Unfortunately, the Oxford/AstraZeneca (Ox/AZ) and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines for Covid-19 have caused — or at least with high certainty of causing —a few cases of severe and fatal blood clots for every million doses of vaccine injected. Although this rate is minuscule — bearing possible underreporting in mind — one unwanted death is always one too many. And deaths with unclear causes need to be examined to prevent more of the same.
That said, let’s see what the vaccine-induced blood clots (accompanied by low platelet levels) — that make everyone anxious and worried — are all about. …
The causative agent of Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, is one successful coronavirus that has initiated a global pandemic. How did it emerge in humans, however, remains a question so crucial that nobody has a full answer to it. After all, knowing how a clinically important virus came into existence is key to anticipating and stopping the next one.
Just as the World Health Organization (WHO) did an investigational field visit in China between January 14 and February 10, 2021, and published their report on March 30, 2021, we thought we might finally have the answer to the origin of Covid-19. Unfortunately, we…
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While this article might fuel vaccine hesitancy in some, I hope it will mainly get dispelled instead. In a word, a possible biological explanation for how genetic (mRNA/DNA) vaccines might trigger platelet disorders every once in a blue moon has been proposed. Platelet is a blood component that clots blood in blood vessels.
This article will delve into the specifics and can be heavy to read, so if you have to skim through it, please at least read the last section.
Genetic vaccines include the mRNA vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, as well as the DNA vaccine from Oxford/AstraZeneca (Ox/AZ).
As global vaccination is going on, I hope all is good at your end. Without further ado, here’s a short account of the articles published this month in Microbial Instincts that I hope keeps you more scientifically informed:
The search for an intermediate host of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, has been disappointing. Animals like dogs, snakes, and turtles were suspected initially but were soon disproven. Then pangolins became the next suspect and remained unconfirmed to this day.
But what if there was no intermediate host involved all along? What if an intermediate host isn’t necessary for the evolution of SARS-CoV-2?
When we discovered that a coronavirus, namely SARS-CoV-2, causes the pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan (a city in China) in December 2019, we also know that it most likely came from bats. …
We are all-in into vaccinating as many people as possible against Covid-19, with mRNA vaccines at the forefront. So, we might as well go all-in into understanding the little intricacies of how mRNA vaccine encapsulated by lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) might interact with delicate cell types — such as neurons in the brain — that a few experts have raised.
Before going further, the conclusion herein is that the actual risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection or Covid-19 largely outweighs the hypothetical risks of the LNP-encapsulated mRNA vaccine. But there are still a few concerns left unanswered, which deserve more transparency.