William J. Banks | Paris | 26 Nov 2020
The world is about to be given billions of doses of a new type of vaccine, the mRNA vaccine. So many people are wondering – what this new technology is, how does it work and why is it being pushed forwards at such a fast speed?
Traditional vaccines can contain either ‘attenuated’ (weakened) virus particles, or Virus Like Particles (VLP’s). VLP’s are used in the Gardasil Vaccine for example. VLPs are made of viral surface proteins.
mRNA vaccines in contrast do not contain any virus particles or even any virus proteins. Instead they hijack the normal functioning of your cells by inserting foreign messenger RNA (mRNA) into them. A cell normally functions like this – inside the cell is the nucleus that contains chromosomes, made of DNA. When a cells wants to manufacture a necessary protein, it does this by creating mRNA from instructions in your DNA. This mRNA is then ‘read’ by your Ribosomes, which use this information to build necessary proteins for you to live.
An mRNA vaccine, therefore hijacks this process in order to trick your Ribosomes into building foreign – unwanted – proteins, such as the ‘Spike Protein’ found in the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus. It literally turns your body into a factory, creating toxic, unwanted substances.
Now this begs the question – why would anyone want to do this? Pharmaceutical companies have been making vaccines for many years without the need to mess around with our RNA. Why do they insist on this technology being used now?
We went looking for answers and the following is a list of all the advantages we could find in major publications:
- Capital efficiency and speed (Moderna)
- It avoids the costly, difficult purification of proteins (Massive Science)
- One of the central advantages hinges on rapidity of manufacture (Nature)
- RNA vaccines are faster and cheaper to produce (University of Cambridge PHG)
- The advantages of RNA vaccines over traditional protein vaccines include production speed and cost (Wikipedia)
We could go on, but you get the idea. The main advantages we are told are Cost and Speed. I don’t know about you , but speed is not something I think needs to be aimed for when developing a treatment that will be injected into millions, even billions of people. Since when did the world cry out for vaccines to be rushed to market? Most scientists agree that they must have very long term testing, with the strictest controls.
Pfizer is currently seeking approval from the U.S. FDA for ’emergency use authorization’. For a virus that kills less than 0.1 % of the population. For many, this seems an unusual request.
Especially when we consider that this emergency use, rushed to market vaccine is a completely new technology.
So, whilst the ‘advantage of speed’ seems ethically questionable, how about the ‘advantage of cost’? Maybe the huge savings in the manufacture of mRNA vaccines makes the endeavor worthwhile?
So we decided to investigated what the cost of production will be for the mRNA vaccine vs traditional VLP vaccines.
When asked about Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine, Damien Conover, the director of health care equity research and equity strategy at the firm Morningstar said that “it will cost around $15 to manufacture” (marketplace.org)
Compare that whopping $15 per dose to the HPV (Gardasil) vaccine – which is manufactured using Virus Like Particles (VLP’s). A scientific investigation published on Science Direct shows the ‘high estimated’ production cost for a dose of Gardasil is $0.59. Yes you read that correctly – 59 cents.
So mRNA vaccine technology “avoids the costly, difficult purification of proteins” and gives more “Capital efficiency” ? Sorry but we are failing to see how the extra $14.51 in production cost is contributing to “reduced production cost” ! Bear in mind that this $15 production is not including the highly expensive distribution cost – as these mRNA vaccines must be transported and stored in special containers keeping them below -70 degrees Celcius !
So to summarise – one of the primary reasons we are being told that we should prefer to have our cellular processes hijacked by a bizarre new technology that inserts foreign mRNA and instructs our own bodies to produce unwanted proteins – rather than having the covid proteins made in a lab and then injected into us – is because it costs less.
The other reason was because it is faster to produce.
Many people are finding these reasons to be questionable and are wondering why it is that this new technology is being pushed when there are already systems in place to produce virus protein’s such as the VLP vaccine factories that already exist.
Why does Pfizer want to use our bodies to manufacture virus proteins ?
The scariest thing about this technology is the reasoning behind how it works – our own bodies will produce the virus protein, then our immune system will attack them. But isn’t that what an auto-immune disease does? The body attacking itself? Why would be want to teach our immune system to attack proteins – that our own body made?
Eugene Gu – a doctor – wrote in The Independent:
“There are unique and unknown risks to messenger RNA vaccines, including the possibility that they generate strong type I interferon responses that could lead to inflammation and autoimmune conditions.”
Personally – I’d rather get a case of the sniffles than an auto immune disorder. But hey – that’s just me.