I am sure some of you will be rolling their eyes upon reading the following article https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9981160/?s=03#!po=1.13636. So did I!
If it were not a waste of time, I might be inclined to write an article titled ‘Confronting the evolution and expansion of mass vaccination activism and coercion in the USA in the COVID-19 era’.
A waste of time? Yes, because this cohort of academics should first read my book, to realize that their rhetoric on anti-vaxxers is distracting the public from the real terrifying issue that has precisely driven large parts of the population into ‘anti-vaccine activism’: their own immunologic ignorance and lack of understanding of complex virus-host immunity interactions. Immunologic ignorance combined with inflated egos has led these academics and health experts to misinterpret the evolutionary dynamics of SARS-CoV-2. The resulting misinformation spread by the mainstream media they relentlessly support(ed) has been responsible for a massive wave of Covid-19 vaccination campaigns that triggered a new, unprecedented type of pandemic: a pandemic of immune escape variants. As per molecular epidemiologists, the continuous evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in highly C-19 vaccinated countries is alarming, and nobody has any clue as to where this will end (and those who believe that the evolutionary dynamics are now slowing down are probably unaware that the spike glycoprotein can easily shift from mutations in the peptide backbone to spectacular changes in its glycosylation profile….).
As a seasoned vaccine expert, I feel ashamed of all the damage these ‘experts’ have caused to the vaccine field. Their ignorance and arrogance are at the very root of an anti-vaccine pandemic that not only spreads across the USA but across countries globally. Their manifesto on the anti-vaccine activism is a textbook example of the pot calling the kettle black.
A publication in the Lancet does not help, as it doesn’t provide any credibility to their stigmatizing statements. As readers will appreciate from a previous contribution of mine, it is not the first time that the Lancet is disseminating harmful misinformation.
It’s past time we abandon these established institutions. They are corrupted by conflicts of interest and are not even capable of analyzing, let alone solving, complex health and societal problems. Their actors live sedentary lives in their ivory towers. They do not see the forest for the trees. As they don’t seem to understand that their conservative viewpoints and condescending attitudes have increasingly alienated the public, they instead blame people for being illiterate anti-vaxxers. OMG!
Geert Vanden Bossche received his DVM from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and his PhD degree in Virology from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. He held adjunct faculty appointments at universities in Belgium and Germany. After his career in Academia, Geert joined several vaccine companies (GSK Biologicals, Novartis Vaccines, Solvay Biologicals) to serve various roles in vaccine R&D as well as in late vaccine development.
Geert then moved on to join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Discovery team in Seattle (USA) as Senior Program Officer; he then worked with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) in Geneva as Senior Ebola Program Manager. At GAVI he tracked efforts to develop an Ebola vaccine. He also represented GAVI in fora with other partners, including WHO, to review progress on the fight against Ebola and to build plans for global pandemic preparedness.
Back in 2015, Geert scrutinized and questioned the safety of the Ebola vaccine that was used in ring vaccination trials conducted by WHO in Guinea. His critical scientific analysis and report on the data published by WHO in the Lancet in 2015 was sent to all international health and regulatory authorities involved in the Ebola vaccination program. After working for GAVI, Geert joined the German Center for Infection Research in Cologne as Head of the Vaccine Development Office. He is at present primarily serving as a Biotech / Vaccine consultant while also conducting his own research on Natural Killer cell-based vaccines.