Coronavirus 2019-2020 thread (no unsubstantiated rumours!)


JayFalsum

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It's not just the possibility of the vaccine not working, conservationists are claiming that if everybody got one dose of vaccine, another 250.000 on top of the 3million sharks currently being killed for their squalene for human use. Squalene supposedly enhances the vaccine by creating a stronger immune response.
There is plant-based squalene too. Also, I really don't understand the logic of putting sharks' lives before humans. If we need to kill all sharks to save humanity, then so be it.
 

10thman

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It's not just the possibility of the vaccine not working, conservationists are claiming that if everybody got one dose of vaccine, another 250.000 on top of the 3million sharks currently being killed for their squalene for human use. Squalene supposedly enhances the vaccine by creating a stronger immune response.
500,000 Sharks May Be Needed for COVID-19 Vaccine
The race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine may mean that sharks will be in high demand. Shark liver contains a rare oil called squalene, which makes the vaccine more potent, and more than 500,000 sharks may have to be hunted and captured to supply the world with a coronavirus vaccine. Shark advocates like Stefanie Brendl are concerned about the long term effects. “We have to remember that there will be many other vaccines and this will go on potentially for decades and it will add up,” Brendl said.
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What is squalene?
  • Squalene is a naturally occurring substance found in plants, animals, and humans. It is manufactured in the liver of every human body and circulates in our bloodstream.
  • Squalene is also found in a variety of foods, cosmetics, over-the-counter medications, and health supplements.
  • Squalene is commercially extracted from fish oil, and in particular shark liver oil. Squalene used in pharmaceutical products and vaccines is purified from this source.
Is there squalene in vaccines?
  • Since 1997, an influenza vaccine (FLUAD, Chiron) which contains about 10 mg of squalene per dose, has been approved in health agencies in several European countries. Squalene is present in the form of an emulsion and is added to make the vaccine more immunogenic.
  • Squalene is being added to improve the efficacy of several experimental vaccines including pandemic flu and malaria vaccines which are being developed.
 

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