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Vaccine patches and the race to robotify us


IN November 2021 I wrote about the development of mRNA vaccine patches: small self-administered squares containing thousands of microprojections coated with vaccine.

The company behind the patches, Brisbane-based biotech firm Vaxxas, recently received US$4.3million from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to advance their development.

CEPI was founded in Davos in 2017 by, amongst others, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust (whose director, notorious pandemic insider Jeremy Farrar,  is soon to be installed as chief scientist for the World Health Organisation) and the World Economic Forum. CEPI’s role in triggering lockdown was reported by Paula Jardine for TCW here. 

Its objective is to harness the rapid development of vaccines against future, novel biological threats, and roll them out within 100 days of a declared pandemic. This strategy forms the backbone of the overall 100 Days Mission Plan: brainchild of a UK Government-led entity known as the Pandemic Preparedness Partnership (discussed here). 

Vaxxas say their patches will obviate the need for frozen storage, enable easier distribution, and offer accurate and safe dosing with minimal waste. 

No doubt, having so willingly queued in all weathers to be jabbed by unqualified, ill-informed volunteers in a car park, the effortlessly hypnotised masses will like the convenience of self-administered vaccine patches. The pandemic cracked open the market for experimental biotechnology for good, as was always the original intention of course. 

Yet considering just how many corners were lethally cut during the development and approval of the Covid mRNA vaccines, the intended increased ‘streamlining’ of said process, coupled with the overly ambitious target to roll out (read test out) new vaccines even faster next time, surely risks even more post-vaccination death and injury. 

You may recall that Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine pioneer, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, unabashedly declared at the global Pandemic Preparedness Summit in London last March that: ‘The goal of having vaccines ready for use within 100 days in the future does not allow for vaccines to be tested for safety and efficacy in Phase Three trials as they were in 2020, but will require a different approach to approvals for emergency use which is yet to be established’. 

One can’t help but speculate whether the adoption of vaccine patches over needle will somehow prove to be the vehicle by which what should be the absolute need to closely observe clinical safety protocols may be even further diminished in the name of so-called scientific progress.

From early 2021 onwards it became a sinister sight indeed to witness the zeal with which people were rolling up their sleeves to be intramuscularly saved (read tagged) from both the feeble clutches of Covid 19 and the supposed need for lockdowns. How much more Orwellian this scenario will be if during some future pandemic (bird flu perhaps?) escape from lockdown hinged upon the application of a family-pack of vaccine patches, casually popped through the letterbox as if a tax reminder from the DVLA. Simply upload your immune response to a dedicated website (yes, smart patches are indeed also in development) and you will be be free to enjoy whatever the state have decreed the next version of normality to be. Perhaps.

What of the vaccine-injured and dead, one of the many demographics of victims consequent on the feverish race to ‘robotify’ us? Well, post-vaccination compensation schemes will probably be scrapped in the future if the performance of the current system is anything to go by.

Unfortunately this obscene travesty is unlikely to dent our collective fixation with the spinning reels of the new normal’s degrading public health and safety narratives. If anything, we appear perversely to enjoy emptying our pockets to help bolster them, so automatically do we adhere to any abrupt change in rules. 

Ultimately, the successful adoption of vaccine patches – smart versions in particular – would accelerate the most dystopian of all dehumanising narratives: the normalisation of under-the-skin biotechnology via which the total loss of humanity’s scruples would be inevitable. I can’t envisage many more stages of scientific innovation between smart patches and microchip implants. 

Should such a sorry state of affairs come to pass, it would surely mark the crossing of the Rubicon separating sanity and lunacy, the latter of whose shores I would sadly have no confidence in our ability to row back from. 

Or perhaps we have already crossed?

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