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January 17, 2023

VSS Scientific Updates During Pandemic Times #50

1. Are Vaccines Fueling New Covid Variants?

“The virus appears to be evolving in ways that evade immunity.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/are-vaccines-fueling-new-covid-variants-xbb-northeast-antibodies-mutation-strain-immune-imprinting-11672483618

2. CDC Reports a New Strain of Omicron Taking Over in the U.S.

“About 40% of confirmed U.S. Covid cases are caused by the XBB.1.5 strain, up from 20% a week ago.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/xbb15-subvariant-cdc-reports-new-omicron-strain-taking-rcna63512

3. Chinese State Media Seek to Reassure Public Over Covid-19

“The accumulated official death toll in China now stands at 5,249, far lower than in other large countries. The government has rejected claims that it has deliberately underreported the total number of fatalities.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/01/chinese-state-media-seek-to-reassure-public-over-covid-19.html

4. Deaths of Thousands of Wild Birds from Avian Flu is ‘New Silent Spring’

“Expert warns impact of H5N1 virus across the world is on a scale akin to the devastation wreaked by the use of DDT pesticides in the 1950s and 1960s.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/dec/23/deaths-thousands-wild-birds-avian-flu-new-silent-spring-aoe

5. New XBB.1.5 COVID Variant 'Most Transmissible' Yet Detected

“The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the XXB.1.5 COVID variant has been detected in 25 countries so far.”

https://news.yahoo.com/new-xbb-15-covid-variant-most-transmissible-yet-detected-senior-who-official-warns-175723318.html

6. Free Spike Proteins in the Blood Appear to Play a Role in Myocarditis Post-COVID mRNA Vaccine

“Immunoprofiling of vaccinated adolescents and young adults revealed that the mRNA vaccine–induced immune responses did not differ between individuals who developed myocarditis and individuals who did not. However, free spike antigen was detected in the blood of adolescents and young adults who developed post-mRNA vaccine myocarditis, advancing insight into its potential underlying cause.”

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20230105/Free-spike-proteins-in-the-blood-appear-to-play-a-role-in-myocarditis-post-COVID-mRNA-vaccine.aspx

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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.

Email: info@voiceforscienceandsolidarity.org

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