As governments move forward in their attempts to force their citizens into vaccination, whether they want it or not, researchers are now moving forward with what may become the future of forced vaccination – transmissible vaccines.
This is an area of research that scientists have been interested in for quite some time but that is only now becoming feasible.
The idea behind these vaccines are that they would themselves be infectious, passing along the vaccine from one person to another as if it were a virus.
Thus, it would be possible to vaccinate a small number of people manually, but as a result of the vaccine’s self-transmission, actually vaccinate a very high number of people.
According to PNAS (Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America),
several recombinant, transmissible vaccines are in development for wild animal populations, including one to protect wild rabbits against a fatal viral infection and another to prevent deer mice from carrying a virus responsible for a deadly human pulmonary disease.
But transmissible vaccines pose a special risk, essentially, they could become a virus themselves and spread rapidly amongst the population that was vaccinated. This has already happened with the oral polio vaccine and both the 1960s and the 2000s, but with a transmissible vaccine, the danger of spread of a disease would become even more dangerous since spread and transmission are what the vaccines are designed to do.
Scott Nuismer, a Professor of Biological Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Idaho and co-author of a study on transmissible vaccines published this year in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, stated,
Obviously this is a controversial and potentially risky endeavor, so we wanted to figure out, is the potential benefit actually worth the risk?
Nuismer, along with colleagues at six other institutions, created a mathematical model mapping how a vaccine spreads through populations by altering one key element – the vaccine’s ability to spread – it was determined that the vaccine needed very little transmissibility in order to spread through the population.
The potential risks of creating an epidemic and/or pandemic of the disease researchers allegedly want to stop, is of course not going to keep them down. As noted earlier, several transmissible vaccines are in development for wild animal populations and livestock.
So maybe these researchers will help protect the bunnies against a virus – or maybe they’ll just kill them all. It’s 50/50, but the researchers seem confidant, so what could go wrong?