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“Omicron Specific” Boosters No Better Than the Originals

Two recent studies have found that the so-called “omicron specific” COVID boosters weren’t much better than the original jabs at protecting against the newer and more contagious variant. 

Scientists at Columbia and Harvard, in two independent studies, found the new boosters and the old shots basically performed the same against Omicron BA.5, raising doubts about whether the vaccines will live up to high expectations set by the Biden administration.

The antibody responses were slightly higher with the omicron boosters, though the studies concluded the difference “wasn’t significant.”

Top U.S. health officials have said the new boosters should perform better because they are now matched to the dominant circulating strain, omicron BA.5, for the first time since the pandemic began as well as the original strain of Covid that emerged in China. These are called bivalent shots.

Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster shows higher immune response, but new COVID cases climb back above 40,000 a day
Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster shows higher immune response, but new COVID cases climb back above 40,000 a day © Getty Images

The old shots, called monovalent, were designed against the first strain of Covid. Their effectiveness has declined over time as the virus has mutated away from the original strain.

“It is reasonable to expect, based on what we know about immunology and the science of this virus, that these new vaccines will provide better protection against infection, better protection against transmission, and ongoing and better protection against serious illness,” Dr. Ashish Jha, head of the White House Covid task force, told reporters in September.

Jha, like Dr. Fauci, has been a staple on CNN pushing Joe Biden’s vaccine agenda.

However, such expectations have not been proven according to the Columbia and Harvard studies. 

The two independent studies clearly show that the boosters do work, but as to whether they work any better at preventing disease, particularly infection and mild illness, than the original shots remains questionable.

“The take-home lesson is the people who were in high-risk groups and benefit from booster doses as we enter this late fall and early winter — those who are immunocompromised, who have high-risk medical conditions, who are elderly — they should get this booster dose,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA’s independent vaccine advisory committee.

Offit said public health officials should be cautious about overselling the shots as a major upgrade.

“We have to be careful when we get in front of the American public and try and sell this vaccine as something that’s significantly better when all the evidence, we have so far doesn’t support that,” said Offit.

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1 comment

Rat Wrangler November 7, 2022 at 8:33 am

The People of the United States would be better served by having all the future COVID vaccines made in a more traditional way, by using the real viruses. The widespread fear of the vaccines, still going on today, is only directed towards the novel mRNA technology, never before used on large numbers of people. We see the conspiracy theories stating that people are magnetic, chipped, shedding particles that can harm pregnant women nearby, and so on. None of these theories are about the more naturally created vaccines, only the laboratory-created synthetic ones. We have over a century of experience creating successful vaccines by using dead or weakened viruses, and the majority of people do not fear them.
COVID is probably going to be around for a very long time, so people will be urged to get annual shots, just as they do with influenza. Having traditional vaccines available will probably prompt more people to get them, whereas the synthetic, “toxic and very dangerous, mind-controlling, baby-killing” vaccines will probably be avoided as long as there are doubts about its effectiveness and side-effects.

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