Just The News: A month before America’s top infectious disease bureaucrat conceded that mRNA vaccines offer only short-lived protection against COVID-19, Anthony Fauci’s researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) offered a possible explanation why.
These vaccines target COVID’s spike protein, whereas natural immunity recognizes the whole of the virus, including the nucleocapsid protein that envelops the RNA core.
Among those infected during the “blinded phase” of Moderna’s 30,000-adult vaccine trial, only 40% of those given the vaccine developed anti-nucleocapsid antibodies. The figure was more than twice as high (93%) for those given the placebo.
While higher viral loads were associated with higher likelihood of developing anti-nucleocapsid antibodies, “viral copies at the illness visit did not fully explain the large difference” between vaccine and placebo groups, according to the preprint study, which hasn’t been peer-reviewed. more here