DR Sucharit Bhakdi is a US-born Thai citizen who studied medicine in Germany, specialised in immunology and infectious diseases at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg and became professor and chair of the Institute of Medical Microbiology at the University of Mainz from 1990 until his retirement in 2012. Textbooks on immunology draw on his work.
When Covid struck, he was one of the first experts to challenge the lockdowns, mandatory mask-wearing, rush for a vaccine and general doom-mongering which gripped so much of the world. In March 2020 he wrote an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the ‘socio-economic consequences of the drastic containment measures which are currently being applied in large parts of Europe’.
If we had listened to him here in the UK, we would have been spared a large proportion of the £400billion-plus cost of those measures to the taxpayer as well as unnecessary hospitalisations and deaths, ruined businesses, and lasting social damage from the cruel and capricious school closures and isolation requirements.
Bhakdi’s June 2020 book Corona, False Alarm?, written with Dr Karina Reiss, sold 200,000 copies in six weeks but earned him near-universal condemnation from the dark forces which became part of the novel and weird Covid landscape. Wikipedia dismisses him as a ‘prominent source of misinformation’.
Yet we now know that he was right on just about every count. So it is worth listening to what he has to say about claims in a study published in April that the mRNA Covid vaccines are contaminated with DNA at levels capable of causing sustained inflammation, and with potential for becoming permanently integrated in the cell nucleus.
In this interview for the Health Care Channel, Bhakdi appears alongside microbiologist and genome scientist Kevin McKernan in examining the significance of the contamination found in vials of the Pfizer and Moderna RNA Covid vaccines.
He says it is in the nature of the manufacturing process that there will be DNA contamination, and that there is no safe lower limit for it. Mass production of RNA requires mass production of the equivalent DNA, obtained from bacteria. ‘That is the terrible thing about it,’ he says. ‘You have trillions, billions, of DNA molecules floating around beside the RNA. And you have to get rid of that DNA.’
Normally, bacterial DNA does not survive long enough to enter cells. The big difference with the vaccines is that they ‘package’ the genetic content in minuscule particles able to be taken up by cells. This is intentional with the mRNA: it tells the cell to make limited amounts of the toxic ‘spike’ protein characteristic of SARS-CoV-2, with the aim of priming the immune system to help it deal with Covid viral infection – though whether or not this actually works is far from certain.
But DNA delivered into the cells along with the RNA is another matter entirely. Since the nanoparticles, contrary to early claims, do not stay at the injection site but circulate throughout the body, there is a risk of alien DNA becoming integrated in a variety of organs and other tissues where it may continue to interfere with cell function. This may be a key to understanding why such a huge variety of ill-effects have been reported in the wake of the jabs, as summarised here by Sally Beck.
Bhakdi likens the RNA to a recipe printout, used temporarily to make a cake, with DNA as the recipe book. If the book becomes part of the genome, the consequences can be both lasting and potentially severe, causing cells to produce proteins that the immune system sees as foreign. ‘This is going to happen with every mRNA vaccine, because you are inserting an alien gene into the body and these contaminants are always going to be there,’ he says. The consequence will be an autoimmune attack within the body ‘that is prolonged, at myriads of sites.
‘Bacterial DNA that gets into your body will never survive. It will never get into your cells. However, if it is packaged as the mRNA is being packaged – and this is the big difference, it has never been done before – then you are in for a really bad time, because the packaged DNA will reach your cells from top to bottom, head to foot.’
Blood cells and cells lining the blood vessel walls will be the first to be affected, which Bhakdi believes is why there have been so many heart problems and clotting disorders following the jabs.
The contamination claims have been dismissed as misleading by ‘fact-checkers’ on grounds that the study was a preprint yet to be reviewed by other scientists; that the sealed vaccine vials were ‘of unknown origin’ despite being labelled as Moderna and Pfizer, and that there is a lack of a ‘biologically plausible mechanism’ for how the vaccines could alter people’s DNA.
Since fact-checkers have been proved wrong on so many Covid issues, and since an expert analysis by the UK’s Health Advisory and Recovery Team (HART) agrees that ‘this discovery has highlighted the lack of rigorous safety checks in the development of mRNA vaccines’, the claims should surely be acted upon by regulators.
McKernan is a former research and development team leader with the Human Genome Project and as he says, ‘I know how to purify and sequence DNA’. He now works for a company which sequences organisms relevant to plant and other medicinal products. He was sent eight vaccine vials anonymously by contacts after asking for an mRNA product suitable for purposes of comparison in RNA sequencing work, and found the contamination by chance.
‘I had been intrigued by the lack of sequencing information on these vaccines for many years, but I never had a good reason to justify sequencing them,’ he says. ‘I decided to use the vials somebody sent me because they were the perfect control. They were 30 micrograms, high concentration . . . if I couldn’t get these to work on RNA sequencing then something was wrong with my process.
‘It may help to know some of the numbers here. We are dealing with over 40trillion RNAs that are injected with the Moderna shot, with 100 micrograms. And you’ve got about 30trillion cells. And probably each one of those RNAs makes more than one protein; it might make 10, 100, a thousand – we don’t know. This is a very, very large dose.’
It is already known that the RNA of the Covid virus itself can make DNA sequences in a process known as reverse transcription, and that these can become integrated into the genome. Researchers who showed this phenomenon believe it may be responsible for puzzling observations such as positive test results in patients who have cleared all infectious virus, and perhaps also for ‘long Covid’ symptoms. In reporting these findings, they said preliminary results suggested RNA from the vaccine does not integrate.
McKernan however says DNA contaminants in the vaccine are even more likely to be integrated in the cell, because unlike RNA from the virus they do not have to go through the reverse transcriptase step.
Because of the gravity of the situation, his team used several methods to assess the nucleic acid composition (RNA and DNA) of the vaccines. The results varied a lot but in all cases DNA contamination limits set by regulators were greatly exceeded.
One of the methods was the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which gives a measure called cycle threshold (CT) – the higher the figure, the lower the quantity of the genetic sequence present.
To put the findings in perspective, McKernan says that with a sample taken from the mucosal membrane in the nose, you would be declared PCR positive for SARS-CoV-2 at a CT of 40, whereas with the vaccine the CT was less than 20 – a million times greater. ‘We are talking about a contaminant that is getting injected, bypassing your mucosal defences, at a million-fold higher concentrations. There’s an enormous difference here in terms of the amount of material that’s in there.’
A modification in the genetic code used in the vaccines makes its RNA resistant to being broken down by the immune system, and this is another reason for the spike protein persisting much longer than anticipated, such that it is being detected in breast milk and blood many weeks and even months after the jabs.
McKernan is also concerned that this modification can cause cells to make errors when producing the spike protein, and that these errors can accumulate. ‘I think this is why they’ve never been able to show what these things make. The answer isn’t very clean, and they don’t want to disclose that. If we are ever going to continue to push these on the public, they need sequence verification of everything they want to inject, and of what protein is being made. This is very much a prodrug [a biologically inactive compound which can be metabolised in the body to produce a drug]. You are putting in an mRNA and you are getting away with not describing what active compound, the spike protein, is being made – we don’t know that it is being made with high fidelity in these cells.’
Asked by interviewer Dr Steven E Greer if the mRNA jabs should be withdrawn, assuming other labs confirm the presence of the contamination, McKernan says: ‘Even without that, there’s enough information already on how poorly they perform. They should have been removed two years ago. And the liability should be reversed, so that this never happens again – so you can’t release drugs to market liability-free.’
Bhakdi – visibly emotional in the interview, glimpsing the possibility of vindication after years of rejection and abuse – comments: ‘The great step forward we have, because of Kevin, is that now every American knows that whoever pushes the vaccine agenda is not a leader of this country. And whoever opposes it rises up, because he is the one that is going to protect you.’
Meanwhile, almost every day brings new reports of harm, such as from this international team of researchers who have shown that the more shots a person receives, the more weakened the immune system becomes. And this Danish study, reported on TCW earlier this week, showing enormous variation in the adverse events associated with different batches of the Pfizer vaccine.
How much longer can the ‘safe and effective’ narrative survive?