Geert Vanden Bossche posits that a mass vaccination regime targeting very specific viral structures during an ongoing pandemic amounts to a global gain of function experiment. Further, that the resulting variants could be able to affect the vaccinated even more than the unvaccinated as the infection may elicit an immune memory response that is ineffective and that can interfere with the working of the general non-memory immune system, the system that may be protecting the young.
ZDoggMD mixes some rebuttal with some rather immature ad hominem:
Edward Nirenberg gets more into the nitty gritty in: Addressing Geert Vanden Bossche’s Claims. Most relevant to any possible virus evolution is the question of to what extent the vaccines are “leaky”. Relevant to safety is if they compromise natural immunity.
Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth discusses mass vaccination during a pandemic with his colleague, Dr. Ashley Duits:
Bret and Heather discuss the Facebook shenanigans:
There are even some, perhaps overfly conspiratorially minded and on the “anti-vax” side, such as Rosemary Frei, who seem to believe that Vanden Bossche constitutes an insider play to add credibility to the current COVID response. Weird.
A similar argument is made by Luc Montagnier, who won a Nobel Prize for the discovery of HIV, some genetic material of which he thinks was inserted into SARS-CoV-2 before it leaked from a lab: Bombshell: Nobel Laureate Reveals that Covid Vaccine is ‘Creating Variants’
No real agreement from these three, Dr Byram Bridle, Dr Knut Wittkowski, Dr Mike Yeadon: Vanden Bossche’s Theory: Mass Vaccination Will Breed Dangerous Variants – Fact or Fiction?
And there is some official acknowledgement now:
There are four major risks associated with high numbers of infections. These are an increase in hospitalisations and deaths, more ‘Long-COVID’; workforce absences (including in the NHS); and the increased risk of new variants emerging. The combination of high prevalence and high levels of vaccination creates the conditions in which an immune escape variant is most likely to emerge. The likelihood of this happening is unknown, but such a variant would present a significant risk both in the UK and internationally.https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1001160/S1300_SAGE_93_minutes_Coronavirus__COVID-19__response__7_July_2021.pdf