Chapter 23: “the great COVID hope; VACCINE!”
I can’t resist reminiscing to the 1970’s or perhaps the late 1980’s where in boxing there was the concept of the “Great White Hope” that fantasized a Caucasian could rise from the ashes of Jack Dempsey and override Cassius Clay and Sony Liston and defeat an African American (or negro as the term was used in those days) in the boxing ring for heavyweight champion of the world. Well the last great white hope to fight Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) was Jerry Quarry and he was knocked out.
Well if COVID was in the boxing world the great white hope would be a vaccine.
It never was developed for SARS or MERS both of which were corona viruses but somehow wistful thinking and billions of dollars were invested in the search for the vaccine and the fortunes it would bring to any successful developer of one and its investors! And the best thing for Big Pharma as that governments guaranteed them no liability for any negative consequences of the vaccine. A free ride to enormous profits.
Billions of people placed the hope a vaccine would be developed and in fact spurred on by optimistic medicos, politicos and with the media they almost expected it.
As a medico I note the bravado but look at it this way and that is billions have been spent for half a century looking for a cure to cancer without success. However people really couldn’t be willing to accept the miserably poor record of vaccines for the simple influenza. They exhibited a blind faith in medicine to “save the world”. Medical science was at a dead end to discover even a single effective drug for Alzheimer’s so why assume with certainty a vaccine could be developed for COVID? Perhaps for me as a physician was the public’s confidence in BIG PHARMA to deliver a BIG CURE! Perhaps this was a result of watching to many American TV channels that thrived and relied on Big Pharma for advertising revenue with its peddling of drugs for every ailment.
This was going to be a Big Pharma moment enriching them and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation beyond all belief.
Sadly despite billions filtered to Big Pharma for vaccine research they came up empty handed much to the despair of investors and a deluded population. Well sort of empty handed. A vaccine was developed that killed thousands in side effects as it was rushed to production throughout the world without full clinical trials. Yes initially it did have a good efficacy rate in the short term with a caveat that no long term study had been undertaken. It also dropped in efficacy to as low as 32% as 86 more mutations of the virus developed during the COVIDs. Within 2 years of vaccination a horrendous rash of cognitive failures afflicted the vaccinated and for the elderly or any one experiencing the beginning of cognitive decline the vaccines were a free pass into the world of Alzheimer’s.