Vaccinating wildlife with GM viruses could stop diseases jumping to humans. At least that’s what some scientists suggest. That’s interesting, considering that nobody really knows what viruses are. So how would you genetically modify a virus, if you don’t know what the virus is? And how do these viruses jump from animals to humans? Nobody has seen a live virus, so nobody knows what these thingies actually do. It’s all assumptions.
But there is something you can expect when you start vaccinating wildlife: the same problems as we see in humans and domesticated animals. And then I don’t even talk about the GM part. Only fools do the same thing again and again and expect a different outcome. If they will do this many animals will become extinct or at least endangered. That’s not an expectation, it’s a certainty.
“proving the safety and effectiveness of such an approach will be a challenge” Yes, about in the category of doing the impossible. On the other hand the safety and effectiveness of no vaccine has ever proven, but that has never stopped any scientist from making new ones and using the old ones.
“all have their origins in wild animal populations” Wait a moment, not so fast. These are all assumptions, but none of it has ever been proven. When you start looking into virology it’s shocking to learn that there is no proof at all about any theory about viruses. It’s all a matter of “it must be”. That’s wishful thinking, not proof.
“to engineer a piece of the disease-causing organism” What piece? As I said, nobody has seen live viruses and nobody has seen complete viruses. They are too small for a normal microscope and an electron microscope shoots them into pieces. Scientists then try to find all the pieces, put them together and call the result of their puzzle a virus, which “must be the cause of this or that disease”. So what puzzle piece are they going to engineer? And how on earth can they ever know what that will do?
“hope that it the vaccine spreads naturally…” Scientists hope a lot, but if that’s all they have then they shouldn’t be let lose in nature, for this is a sure way to disaster. “protect mice from Ebola”. Interesting. I didn’t know that mice also got Ebola. So how does this protection work? Well, it’s based on loads of assumptions. You assume that you have pieces of DNA from a virus. Then you assume this virus causes Ebola. Then you assume antibodies protect against the disease. And then you assume that whatever antibodies are made will prevent the animal getting sick. Nice piece of fiction, but it has nothing to do with science.
“could be injected into wild animals, such as gorillas” And who is responsible when all the gorillas will die? Vaccines have a horrible track record and though there are enough cats and dogs, there aren’t that many gorillas left. Humans have already done a good job reducing their numbers. Is it really a good idea to drive them to extinction?
“the transmission would probably be quite rapid,” Would probably? This whole article is filled with this kind of language. We think, it might, it could, possibly, probably, maybe etc. That’s very dangerous and really not the stuff you want to expose wild animals to. “studies suggest this approach can work in principle” Suggest and in principle? Go back to your labs and don’t come out till you can say something with certainty. Till then you can use yourself to test your vaccines.
“effectively deliver the vaccine to establish herd immunity.” Oh no, not the herd immunity thing again. That term is old and worn out and was never based on anything anyway. For herd immunity to work there must be something like immunity and vaccines must cause that and you must be able to prove it with a test. None of them apply, but scientists haven’t realized that yet, because they prefer to be dumb and blind in this area.
“implicated in possible transmission to humans” And that’s enough reason to kill off the poor animals with toxic, experimental vaccines? “vaccine actually protects the population and prevents transmission to humans is going to be very challenging.” It sure will be, considering that the first effective vaccine still needs to be invented. And considering that there is no proof of such transmission, how will they test if it works or not? “who has worked on vaccines against Hendra virus.” Well, that vaccine has killed many horses and injured even a lot more, so anyone who has worked on that vaccine cannot remotely be trusted.
“considerable regulatory oversight” Think cane toads and we know enough. Those toads were released with considerable regulatory oversight and they have become a giant disaster. So this hardly seems to be a good idea. “risk of the emerging pathogens.” Have any of these scientists ever wondered why there are so many new viruses? Why would they develop? And why would they make anyone sick?
“It’s a bit of dilemma.” Creating a disaster or not creating a disaster. Is that a dilemma? These scientists are a danger to the world. They behave like god and think they can do whatever they want. Someone should lock them up and throw away the key, before they can kill off the earth. But that won’t happen. The only thing we can hope for is that this reseach will take long. Long enough not to get anywhere before the vaccine scheme falls apart. Once that happens it’s over for all kinds of vaccine research. And the sooner that happens the better it will be for the whole world. Including the bats and gorillas.