The Inescapable Immune Escape Pandemic
Geert Vanden Bossche
This book delves into various aspects of the evolutionary consequences stemming from the widespread COVID-19 vaccination program. It stands out by emphasizing the scientific intricacy of population-level interactions between the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the host immune system. These interactions are not only complicated but also varied, depending on the infectiousness of the circulating variant and the type of immunity induced (infection-based versus vaccine-based). The book demonstrates how mass vaccination influences these interactions, transforming a natural pandemic into one characterized by immune escape variants. I caution that the ramifications of this could lead to uncontrollable evolutionary viral dynamics due to insufficient herd immunity and potentially cause a massive rebound effect from the hasty and ill-advised deployment of new vaccine technologies (such as rapid mass vaccination during a pandemic). Additionally, I discuss how the adaptability of the human immune system has postponed the emergence of a more virulent variant, contrary to my initial predictions. While some sections may be challenging to comprehend, if the book aids in understanding the complexity of these issues and highlights nature's superiority over the overconfidence of technocrats, my primary objective for writing will be fulfilled.