Dr. William Schaffner, the expert who says a new variant would put America back right where it started.
As we’ve said continually over the last several weeks, the virus narrative is hitting a point at which there are two overlapping narratives which are fundamentally mutually exclusive.
- On one hand, everyone must get vaxxed, and anyone who refuses is an outright medical terrorist, who needs to be excluded from society if not simply hunted down and shot in the street.
- On the other hand, there is a new strain, and actually, the vaccine doesn’t even work at all, so we have to go back to March of 2020 and start over.
This brutal narrative war is happening in a place where there is always some kind of war – the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr Christian Mayala and Dr Rodin Nzembuni Nduku sit together on a bench outside the Covid ward at Kinshasa’s Mama Yemo hospital.
They are discussing the health of their father, Noel Kalouda, who contracted coronavirus weeks before, and is now lying in a hospital bed, breathing through an oxygen mask.
Despite the brothers’ medical knowledge, and vaccines being available to them in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), all three men had chosen not to get vaccinated because of fears over potential side-effects of the only jab available, the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“On social media, there was a story about a guy who died 20 hours after getting vaccinated. Things like this make me scared to get the vaccine,” said Nduku.
Just over 86,000 doses have been administered – enough to vaccinate under 0.1% of the country’s population of 90 million.
Already facing shortages and huge logistical challenges in getting vaccines out to people in far-flung areas, experts worry that distrust of pharmaceutical products will further undermine the global fight against Covid.
While anger grows over the failures of rich countries to supply enough vaccines to poorer ones, vaccine hesitancy of citizens has been overlooked, epidemiologists warn.
Prof Pascal Lutumba, of the University of Kinshasa’s department of infectious diseases, said: “If people in Congo remain unvaccinated, the South African variant could meet with the Delta variant and the virus could mutate into a variant that is resistant to some vaccines.
“If a Congo variant arrives in a country like the UK, which has high vaccination rates, it could put them back into the same position they were at the beginning of the pandemic. They’d have to get vaccinated again with a new vaccine,” Lutumba said.
“We would be back to square one,” said Dr William Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University medical centre in Nashville, US.
SAGE is also saying this.
A SAGE report has warned that new variants could take us back to square one in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. How seriously should we take that risk?
— Novara Media (@novaramedia) August 2, 2021
There is no “going back” to square one because square one is eternal. You’ve never left square one. Just last week, they announced that because of Delta, vaccinated people were getting the virus and had to wear masks.
CNN ADMITS THAT 74% OF COVID CASES ARE FULLY QUAXXINATED???
I HAD TO PLAY IT ON REPEAT A FEW TIMES TO MAKE SURE I WAS HEARING IT RIGHT ?????? pic.twitter.com/3Bbl0Zsgtc
— Sarah Hansen (@SarahHa66971729) August 5, 2021
If you say that the above proves that the vaxx doesn’t work, you’ll be told that it does indeed work because it saved those people from suffering a more severe form of the infection or dying, which simply cannot be proven to be true.
It’s the same thing that happened last year when people said “hold on, there are no new deaths, the virus appears to be a hoax” and they were told that there weren’t more deaths because we did the lockdowns and the masks, which they can’t prove is true – and you can’t prove isn’t true.
The people behind this hoax have set it up in a way that makes the things they say that cannot be proven true to appear to be the same as things that cannot be proven false.
It’s a very high-level anti-goyim spell.
This “square one” talking point is now being aggressively pushed. The idea is to blame the unvaccinated for everything.
Cool, another variant already. We're literally going to be back at square one soon and the current vaccines will be rendered useless https://t.co/LXNdMs84YZ
— Ryan Crist (@ryancrist86) August 4, 2021
Microsoft's vax mandate for onsite workers reflects an emerging biz view that govt inaction has led to surging cases. “If we don’t clamp this down, we’re going to get a variant that [can] evade the vaccine—and…be back at square one." @seattletimes https://t.co/Eb5vvSJ5Z2
— Paul Ed Roberts (@Pauledroberts) August 4, 2021
We are babying the vaccine hesitant. Meanwhile they grow us variants if they don’t die and we’re all back to square one. Make them prove vaccine status or stay home. They’re too impaired to leave the house.
— Belinda Hubert, PhD (@LindyHubert) August 4, 2021
The Lambda variant is more resistant to the vaccine. This virus mutates easily and will stay ahead of the vaccine until enough people are vaccinated with an effective one. If a resistant strain comes out and becomes dominant, we are back to square one (almost).
— Wanamassa what? – End the GQP (@jsdpharmd) August 4, 2021
People who are refusing to get the vaccine are making it easier for vaccinated people to get a breakthrough infection.
We need a vaccine mandate. No work. No restaurants. Nothing unless vaxxed. The health of responsible ppl should not have to be at the mercy of hateful idiots. https://t.co/CO3lEh5aIo
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) August 5, 2021
If they don't do it soon the current vaccine will no longer be effective due to variant mutations, and we'll be back to square one.
— Megan "Justice For All" Garrett (@megm0078) August 5, 2021
The more people who won’t get vaccinated the longer this variant will mutate and kill more and more people. We’re back to square one. #GetVaccinatedNow
— danielle Eskinazi Casting CCDA (@DanielleCasting) August 2, 2021
I don’t think experts expected the mutation to be this severe. They were expecting milder variants. We basically are heading back to square one….
— Slim Belushi (@AmazonCan) August 1, 2021
Mutations are inevitable among the millions of unvaccinated holdouts. And they may affect the vaccinated. One of these times a variant will arise & the current vaccines will be ineffective. Then we’re back to square one.
— Peggy Kelpe (@PKelpe) August 4, 2021
Delta variant. It’s frustrating, it feels like we are back to square one. How does this stuff mutate, btw
— Kahru (@kahru) August 4, 2021
Ugh, but taking this whole variant thing seriously.
I'm afraid we are going to get pushed to square one.
— Ross ? ロス君 ( ╹▽╹ ) (@WeirdWhimsicott) August 4, 2021
A sublineage is basically a spawn of the original strain. This is bad because they usually have all of the properties of the original Delta variant, PLUS an enhancement or two – like vaccine resistance or lethality. Welcome back to Square One, folks… https://t.co/fy9kBMdFwx pic.twitter.com/7jmu959s74
— Hawkeye Pierce (@BFPierceHawk) August 4, 2021
so many people seeing a problem with this do not understand that people not getting vaccinated are a huge part of multiple variants spreading. one is going to be stronger than this vaccine eventually and we will be at square one. just stay home if you are bothered and wait. https://t.co/r0cL3GhrWR
— cass (@thisispasso) August 4, 2021
I found myself using that phrase today – "we could be back to square one" depending on what new variants emerge over the winter. (The question I was asked was "should I be scared?" re the "new data". And my actual answer was "no, just careful" but then we kept chatting.)
— Noelle Tankard (@noellejt) August 1, 2021
The virus needs hosts to replicate. The more it spreads the more it can replicate, the more it replicates, the more it mutates, the more mutations, the more variants we will see, & more inefficient/ineffective our current vaccines become. And then we are then back to square one.
— ?Healthcare #FBR Human Rights Advocate (@1ChicagoHopeful) August 4, 2021
I'll say this better. The virus needs host to replicate & mutate. When it us allowed to spread rampant the more it replicates & mutates. The more it mutates the more we get variants. The more variants, the more it makes our life-changing vaccines diddly-squat. Back to square one.
— ?Healthcare #FBR Human Rights Advocate (@1ChicagoHopeful) July 30, 2021
As always, Carlos del Rio speaks wisdom! When/If a vaccine resistant variant emerges because circulation is allowed to continue, then we are back to square one. This IS for the greater good. https://t.co/i7qiIl34C7
— MicroBytes (@GaryProcop) July 31, 2021
I feel irritated that I do all of that and we work so hard to be safe and now circle back to square one with higher risk in new variants.
— Humanist_Heisenberg (@Humanist_Dr) July 31, 2021
Let’s all just hope they don’t spawn a new variant that is resistant to the vaccines we currently have. Or it’s back to square one again…
— Be a GOAT ?not a Sheep ? (@zerorespect4GOP) July 31, 2021
Otherwise, it is a matter of time before a new variant mutates and wastes all of this time, effort and $$, not to mention the impact to society finding out we're back at square one.
— Foss (@Fossini_son) July 28, 2021
I'm more worried each day that we will reach a variant mutation that evades vaccine effectiveness and end up back at square one trying to create a new vaccine. ? PA is #8 in vaccines administered, and we are still hitting 1k+ new cases a day in the state.
— Christine (@Cmushal) July 29, 2021
The rolling loud variant is really gonna send us back to square one https://t.co/rqnqw3agUy
— ?? (@Based_Gabriel) July 28, 2021
My mind and body are struggling to process that we’re back to square one. Possible waning vax, more transmissible variant, antimaskers winning, no vax for my kid, and school starting soon with no plan. I’m filled with grief and will never forgive my fellow Missourians.
— Jeanne (@SciJeanne) July 28, 2021
Now the vaccinated are spreading the delta variant…and here they go…almost back to square one
— Jason Fenty ? (@TheJaseFiles) August 1, 2021
I feel rage at those unvaccinated by choice. We’ve stayed home 16 months. No gatherings, travel, dining out or outings. Vaccinated as soon as we were eligible. Have never stopped masking. Now because of these a*sholes, we’re starting at square one with an even more deadly variant
— Karen ?? #Resist (@IKare1) July 29, 2021
Does @DragonCon have a plan B since the delta variant of COVID puts us back in square one? Seems like planning and communications for a virtual event should be in progress by now.
— Aaron Benjamin (@perfectKeming) July 31, 2021
My elderly parents, my husband and both sons got Pfizer (Moderna for me). I'm becoming increasingly worried again.
Back to square one as the #unvaccinated spread stronger variants, as vaccine efficacy wanes.
Let's get to that booster before it's too late @JoeBiden
— #ForThePeopleAct #WearAMask? (@Jamie_Nunya) August 1, 2021
Yes! Because they are F ing it up for everybody who has been vaccinated.
They are taking us right back to square one with these new variants. Infuriating!
— Wagyu Whiplash and the Vainglorious Vegans (@WagyuWhiplash) July 31, 2021
Absolutely! If a new variant comes along which can evade the vaccines, we will be back to square one.
— ?? Michael Dev ?? (@miche7ca) July 30, 2021
I'm worried all these waves will cause a vaccine resistant variant to develop soon…in which case we'll be back to square one.
— Nick Humphrey (@AbruptClimoMet) July 29, 2021
Seems to me we are back to square one, despite the existing vaccines. By the time a meaningful number of the recalcitrants are inoculated, a variant will emerge that eludes alpha, beta, delta and lambda. If so, 600k may be a drop in the bucket–here and internationally. https://t.co/bhSKg5TXan
— maybeawriter (@maybeawriter) August 1, 2021
It does seem like we're back to square one and square one has done an end run around the anti-vaxxers. This new variant could be the worst case scenario and the end of the beginning.
— ????? ???????? ? (@Modemmogul) July 30, 2021
Looks like when the Delta variant combines with the Lambda variant and others well, we are going back to Square One.
— Hugh "StarStudmuffin" Clayton (@StarStudmuffin) July 29, 2021
We need heard immunity or this cycle will never stop. The variants will riddle the current vaccines ineffective and we will be back to square one. Get vaccinated people!! It doesn’t have microchips in it.
— dizzyd (@dizzyjw) August 2, 2021
We’re not out of the pandemic yet. Anyone who can get vaccinated should. The more people who get infected increases the chances of a new variant that evades the current vaccines entirely. Then we’re back to square one. NO ONE wants that. https://t.co/qd3Xd4rqkg
— Josh (@Oh_Joshe) July 29, 2021
I’m not sure why this is so hard to understand or why I, a non-doctor, have to make this obvious point:
The more we allow Covid to spread, even among the vaccinated, even with ‘mild’ or ‘asymptomatic’ cases, the more likely we’ll see new & more dangerous variants. Which is BAD!
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) July 28, 2021