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South Africa Halts Vaccine Rollout As AstraZeneca Jab Ineffective At Combating Mutant COVID

Tyler Durden
February 8th, 2021
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This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Be ready! This could be the advent of COVID-21 to cause even more restrictive lockdowns. 

As we previewed over the weekend, a new study suggests that AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine, developed in partnership with Oxford, is significantly less effective at preventing patients from being infected by a new “variant” – aka mutant – strain first isolated in South Africa. We posited that the new data could be used by European regulators, as well as regulators from elsewhere, to justify another round of lockdowns and other restrictions even as cases and infections continue to decline worldwide.

Already, it’s looking like that assessment was correct. Because on Monday, Bloomberg reported that South Africa had suspended its vaccination rollout until developers finish working on the highly educated.

Meanwhile, Sarah Gilbert – whose name readers may recognize from her overly optimistic projections about when the UK’s AstraZeneca jab might finally be ready to face the FDA -a few months back  – is already doing it again, telling Bloomberg that the new jab should be ready to go by the fall. Of course, AZ’s jab isn’t the only one developed in the West to show less-than-ideal data so far.

“It’s easy to adapt the technology,” Gilbert said in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr show Sunday. “This year we expect to show that the new version of the vaccine will generate antibodies that recognize the new variant and then it will be very much like working on flu vaccines.”

Readers can watch footage from the interview below.

Although vaccine makers said their shots appear to maintain efficacy against the UK variants, pharma companies are racing to develop booster shots against new strains, because AZ isn’t alone here. Other Western jabs, including one being manufactured by Novavax and another being manufactured by JNJ, have published data showing a surprising lack of efficacy against the South African mutant, which is increasingly stoking concerns about another wave of the virus even after the first wave of vaccines has been made widely available.

South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday that the government would await advice on how best to proceed following the disappointing trial data on the 501Y.V2 variant that caused a second wave of infections starting late last year. Recent data shows that an overwhelming number of the new cases being diagnosed in South Africa are tied to the new variant.

Last week, an AZ executive vice president for biopharmaceutical research announced that expectations for the rollout would be scaled back.

All of this comes at a rough time for the EU, as Russia’s “Sputnik V” earns more accolades in the West. AZ, of course, isn’t alone. Even the leaders of the western vaccine race are rushing to revise their jabs to work more effectively against the foreign mutations.

That doesn’t exactly bode well for Europe’s vaccine rollout program, which has already been criticized for falling far behind the US, China, and other major powers.

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    Author: Tyler Durden
    Date: February 8th, 2021

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    1. hmm... says:

      “needs to be a new approach to immunizations” Well,here’s an idea: Stop giving people a poisonous “vaccine” for a “virus” that is just the flu!!🤔
      How’s that for an approach?

    2. Wouldn’t “Mutant Covid” make an awesome name for a rock band?! 🎸

      • Anonymous says:

        “Mutants of the Monster” was actually a song by the band Black Oak Arkansas back in the 70s.

        • Rock On says:

          @Anonymous,knowing the psychos behind the phony 19 nonsense,they will probably name any new covid strains exactly that:”Mutants Of The Monster” 😀 cause as you know covid is a monster that has killed all of us😂 My ghostly spirit is typing this😀

    3. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      This article by F. William Engdahl echoes many sentiments that I have stated in the past. WEF has decided that the global population must be below 1 billion for sustainablity. If that is what they believe, then let them be the first to stop having children and end their lives if they intend on forcing their will on others as unelected pratorian guards. While it is impossible to deny that there is increasing water scarcity from over population and pollution, actively deciding to increase populations through BRI development in the Wal-Martization and cultural destruction of BRI countries is equally wicked. It would result in either large population growth, or forced population control methods like forced sterilization. These global governance plans never work out well for anyone except the planners. They plan to gain advantage for themselves, at everyone else’s expense, and to everyone else’s detriment. Those countries may be thinking, well, the west did these things, or America did these things after WW2, which is true, however, the global population has also grown by about three times that amount since then, and there are less natural resources left, including water, and arable land, vital for life. The Chinese plan would result in further planned environment destruction coupled with either large population growth, ( because creating large middle class populations naturally has that effect, initially ) or increased tyranny and oppression using population control methods. War started as a direct result of competition for resources when the population was at only 230 million, sadly. It is the human condition. I am aware of this. It would be evil to try to subjugate billions of people  to the will of others through force or oppression. Nobody ever decided to wind up on planet earth. Every single one of us was drafted onto this planet through no will of our own.

      Andrea Iravani

    4. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Israeli is blaming Haredi Ultra Orthodox Jews for covid spread. It sounds like they have been targeted by the Israeli government. Haeredis refuse to reckognize the state of Israel, use ID cards, or vote, and have encouraged demonstrations against Netenyahu. They are scholars that do not work or join the military and receive government subsidies and have come under criticism for that including in the U.S. since the U.S. finances part of this. Haeredis also wanted to make Jerusalem an international city, probably since they recognize that it is the home of 3 religions. Neteura Karta Unltra Orthodox Jews would prefer to live under Palestinian rule.

      It seems that the Israelis may be committing genocide not only on the Palestinians, but on the Ultra-Orthodox Jews as well. The ones who are religious scholars recognize what had happened to Israel in the past, and are trying to prevent it from happening again.

      Mathew 13:13

      “Though seeing they do not see,
      Though hearing they do not hear or understand”

      “In them is the fullfilled prophecy of Isaiah:”

      “You will be ever hearing but never understanding
      You will be ever seeing but never perceiving”

      “For the people’s heart has become calloused.”

      • Andrea.Iravani. says:

        AIPAC and Jstreet have to be registered under FARA and be investigated for influencing elections and US policy. The investigation that the media has engaged in over the past forty years is conclusive. AIPAC and the relatively new Jstreet are used to influence US policy, elections, and politicians that pkace the interests of Israel above the interests of the United States.

        Neuberger and Blinken must be removed for confkicts of interest. Blinken’s father created AIPAC and Blinken has already compromised the entire government as well as national security with irratic, unpredictable, destructive, illogical behavior that not only jeopardizes US national security in the foreign policy arena, but jeopardizes US national security in economic stability as well. Neuberger is unqualofied also for conflicts of interest with AIPAC. To deny that this is taking place would be laughable. It is not anti-semetic any more than it would be anti-Russian if the KGB were to set up a pro-Russian lobbying division in DC, write US domestic and foreign policy to stack the deck in their favor, lobby congress on a regular basis, and donate to poliiticians in elections, and people objected to the KGB doing all of this, and the KGB claiming that people were anti-Russian Orthodox for demanding an end to it!

        Andrea Iravani

    5. B-17 says:

      I want to hitch a ride with the Andromims or Pleiadians when does the next Spaceship Come and Leave ?
      Do they take MASTERCARD or VISA ?

    6. FreemanSteed says:

      Why the charade continues

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