Biden Admin, Big Pharma Slammed over ‘Deceptive’ Booster Campaign

Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration and Big Pharma companies have been slammed by the Wall Street Journal editorial board over the “deceptive” campaign for bivalent “booster” shots.

WSJ editorial board member Allysia Finley dropped the hammer on vaccine makers over the Covid boosters.

Finley also blasted several federal agencies for taking “the unprecedented step of ordering vaccine makers to produce them and recommending them without data supporting their safety or efficacy.”

“You might have heard a radio advertisement warning that if you’ve had Covid, you could get it again and experience even worse symptoms,” Finley writes.

“The message, sponsored by the Health and Human Services Department, claims that updated bivalent vaccines will improve your protection.

“This is deceptive advertising.

“But the public-health establishment’s praise for the bivalent shots shouldn’t come as a surprise.”

The narrative behind the campaign was simple; mRNA Covid shots could simply be “tweaked” to target new variants.

In this case, the jabs were claimed to confer protection against BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants, along with the original Wuhan strain.

To call this wishful thinking would be extremely generous.

As Finley writes, three scientific problems have arisen:

  • The virus is mutating much faster than vaccines can be updated.
  • Vaccines have ‘hard wired’ our immune systems to respond to the original Wuhan strain, “so we churn out fewer antibodies that neutralize variants targeted by updated vaccines.”
  • Antibody protection wanes after just a few months.

Finley cited major studies as evidence:

Two studies in the New England Journal of Medicine this month showed that bivalent boosters increase neutralizing antibodies against the BA.4 and BA.5 variants, but not significantly more than the original boosters.

In one study, antibody levels after the bivalent boosters were 11 times as high against the Wuhan variant as BA.5.

The authors posit that immune imprinting “may pose a greater challenge than is currently appreciated for inducing robust immunity against SARS-CoV-2 variants.”

This isn’t unique to Covid or mRNA vaccines, though boosters may amplify the effect.

Our first exposure as children to the flu—whether by infection or vaccination—affects our future response to different strains.

The memory B-cells of those who received the original vaccine were trained to produce antibodies against the initial Wuhan strain.

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And as a New England Journal of Medicine article notes, people who have taken said original vaccine were “primed” to respond to the Wuhan strain, and “mounted an inferior antibody response to other variants.”

The studies directly contradict marketing information from Pfizer and Moderna, which asserted that the bivalent boosters produced a response to the new strains (BA.4 and BA.5) that’s 4-6x that of the original boosters – which the WSJ says is “misleading.”

For starters, neither Pfizer nor Moderna conducted a randomized trial.

“They tested the original boosters last winter, long before the BA.5 surge and 4½ to months after trial participants had received their third shots,” the WSJ reports.

“The bivalents, by contrast, were tested after BA.5 began to surge, 9½ to 11 months after recipients had received their third shots.”

The report continues by accusing Big Pharma companies of manipulating the studies to give favorable results.

“The vaccine makers designed their studies to get the results they wanted,” the WSJ asserts.

“Public-health authorities didn’t raise an eyebrow, but why would they?

“They have a vested interest in promoting the bivalents.”

In June, the FDA ordered vaccine makers to update the boosters against the BA.4 and BA.5 variants and rushed the companies to push them out before clinical data was available.

Meanwhile, Biden’s U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the bivalents for all adults, despite not having any evidence that they were effective or necessary.

Finley further notes that vaccine makers “could have performed small, randomized trials” last summer and early fall on the bivalents.

Such trials would have made results available by the end of September.

However, the Biden admin refused to wait.

“The CDC published a study in November that estimated the bivalents were only 22% to 43% effective against infection during the BA.5 wave—their peak efficacy,” Finley notes.

“As antibodies waned and new variants took over later in the fall, their protection against infection probably dropped to zero.

“Another CDC study, in December, reported that seniors who received bivalents were 84% less likely to be hospitalized than the unvaccinated, and 73% less likely than those who had received two or more doses of the original vaccine.

“But neither study controlled for important confounding factors—for one, that the small minority who got bivalents were probably also more likely than those who hadn’t to follow other Covid precautions or seek out treatments such as Paxlovid.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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