03 December, 2021

Yes, There’s Another Variant

There will always be another variant.

Oh Joy! Another Covid Variant | Power Line (powerlineblog.com)

It appears doubtful that existing vaccines will be effective against the South African variant:

B.1.1.529 has a spike protein that is drastically different to the one in the original bug that the vaccines are based on, according to the UK Health Security Agency, which is raising some concern about how current jabs will perform against it.

South Africa’s Department of Health also said during a briefing Thursday that the variant contains several mutations associated with increased antibody resistance, which may reduce the effectiveness of current vaccines.

So, the vaccines we have don’t work. The way these vaccines are created, there is great potential for new vaccines very quickly. Could be as soon as 3-4 months.

My own prediction is that covid will soon occupy the biological niche that in recent history has been taken up by what we call influenza, and also perhaps some of the niche occupied by the common cold. In another few years, things will have returned to normal, in that each winter some of us will contract respiratory viruses, and tens of thousands (mostly elderly and already weak) will die. The most important thing, in my opinion, is that we not treat every new covid mutation in hysterical fashion, blighting our people’s lives, needlessly devastating our economy, and above all abusing our children. Such “cures” are worse than the disease.

This is exactly right. However, no one seems to be following the advice of John’s last couple of sentences. Until we do, every new variant, every new spike, will scare us all. We didn’t used to be scared of our own shadows.

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