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VSS Scientific Updates During Pandemic Times #40
1. An ACE2-dependent Sarbecovirus in Russian Bats is Resistant to SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines
“In this study, we tested how well the spike proteins from these bat viruses infect human cells under different conditions. We found that the spike from virus, Khosta-2, could infect cells similar to human pathogens using the same entry mechanisms, but was resistant to neutralization by serum from individuals who had been vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2.”
2. Q: Are other bat coronaviruses posing a threat to human health, even to the extent that new vaccines ought to be developed as recently suggested here?
From Geert: This is yet another example of great scientists drawing the wrong conclusions. It is completely distracting us from the real issue, which is the increasing resistance of the ever-evolving circulating Omicron subvariants to all potentially neutralizing antibodies (Abs) in vaccinees no longer showing overt symptoms of C-19 disease. This unprecedented phenomenon will soon put tremendous pressure on the virulence-inhibiting activity of the infection-enhancing antibodies. Unless I am stupid, this is now rapidly paving the way for a global health disaster as always predicted.
3. Pfizer CEO Tests Positive for COVID for a Second Time
“Bourla, 60, back in August had contacted COVID and had started a course of the company's oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment, Paxlovid.”
4. Did a Famous Doctor’s COVID Shot Make His Cancer Worse?
“As he followed these instructions, Michel felt a gnawing worry that his COVID booster shot had somehow made him sicker. His brother was harboring a similar concern. The asymmetrical cluster of cancerous nodes around Michel’s left armpit on the initial scan had already seemed “a bit disturbing,” as his brother said; especially given that Michel’s first two doses of vaccine had been delivered on that side. Now he’d had a booster shot in the other arm, and the cancer’s asymmetry was flipped.”
5. FDA Vaccine Adviser Warns Healthy Young People Should NOT Get New COVID Booster
“Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the Food and Drug Administration's Vaccine Advisory Committee, said he's not fully sold on the benefits of a third shot outweighing the harm.”
6. Dr. Aseem Malhotra: I Was Willfully Blind Until I Wasn't
"I was willfully blind, certainly in relation to the vaccine and the harms, until I wasn't. And that's why it's crucial that we tackle this both with compassion (and the facts) because there are many people who are still willfully blind. And I think remaining in echo chambers and pointing fingers isn't getting us anywhere."
7. Fauci’s Net Worth Soared to $12.6 Million During Pandemic
“The documents contain a wealth of previously unknown information. For example, the Fauci household’s net worth now exceeds $12.6 million — up $5 million from 2019 through 2021.”