A thread by Forrest Maready
If you’ve never studied how vaccines work, these may surprise you.
If you’re waiting to leave your house until a coronavirus vaccine, it’s probably not going to sound encouraging.
Unfortunately, these tests don’t really tell us if the vaccines WORK, just how often they may cause problems (in animals). Scientists developing the diphtheria shot in the early 1900s discovered a particular creature COULD give them some sense of whether the shot worked or not.
The best part: they were small and cheap. They were a rodent called the domestic cavy. Otherwise known as Guinea pigs.
It is poorly understood how animals are affected by the coronavirus. This will make animal testing useless for anything other than some semblance of safety. Ideally, a vaccine is administered, the subject is then purposefully infected with the microbe in question and monitored to see if they get sick. If they don’t, it’s assumed the vaccine worked.
If an animal can be sickened by the microbe, this works.
But what about humans?
So vaccines are never really tested on humans to see if they actually work. They ARE tested to see if they cause problems, but not if THEY ACTUALLY WORK. Normal drugs are monitored for months, sometimes years, to see if they are safe. Vaccines are treated very differently.
In a normal scenario—with no coronavirus panic—just routine vaccine development, they might observe the patient for problems for as little as 48 hours.
It’s difficult to imagine looking for problems less than 48 hours after the injection, but perhaps this is what they will do.
The answer is one of the more disturbing secrets about how vaccines work. Vaccines are almost never tested to see if they actually work. Instead, scientists analyze your blood to determine if you’ve developed specific antibodies in a response to the vaccine.
Decades ago, this seemed like a good idea. Antibodies mean your body has immunity, right?
Unfortunately, we have since discovered that measuring antibodies is a very poor indicator of actual immunity to a disease. The immune system is the last frontier of understanding in the human body—even more poorly understood than the brain.
Scientists who develop vaccines are VERY smart, but unfortunately they have to rely on measuring antibodies to determine if a vaccine works.
This is bad.
Others have good antibody readings, but still get infected.
Measurements can change from week to week. Scientists KNOW this & of course would prefer to actually test to see if a vaccine works. But it’s considered unethical, so they don’t.
As a result, any coronavirus vaccine approved will be hailed as a success without EVER having been tested to see if it ACTUALLY WORKS!
It’s considered too DANGEROUS. Vaccines aren’t tested on pregnant women or children, despite being administered to them daily!
Who did they use for the current coronavirus trials? Whomever is currently being safety tested with coronavirus vaccines, we can guarantee they are going to try really hard not to notice any problems.
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