ISRAEL - Why Effectiveness Wanes for Covid-19 Shots

Arno Froese

The measles vaccine lasts forever. The chickenpox vaccine is good for as long as 20 years. The DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) requires five doses before the age of seven, but then it offers protection for at least 10 years.

So why do we assume that we will have to get a shot of the coronavirus vaccine every six months or year?

Another reason we might need repeated shots is due to variants, or what is known in scientific terms as “antigenic drift.” If the virus is always changing, then our vaccines will need to be updated to protect against the latest threat.

Some viruses, such as polio, measles and mumps, do not change a lot, hence the vaccines continue to be effective. In contrast, influenza changes every year, so people receive a new flu vaccine to protect against it.

Recent papers have shown that even as neutralizing antibodies wane, the vaccine still has a good memory response.

So, why take the booster then?

“Most people in the world don’t need the booster shot to prevent them from getting serious disease, but they do need it to prevent them from getting corona and spreading it to other people.”, 19 October 2021

Arno's Commentary

While medical science has successfully conquered outbreaks such as cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, influenza, yellow fever, malaria, and others, Covid-19 seems to present a new challenge. This pandemic is different. Researchers are fighting to take the upper hand, and I believe they will succeed.

As previously mentioned in this column, the word “pestilence” in Scripture provides an umbrella to cover all the various diseases. The Bible states that these outbreaks will continue. If we learn from the past, we can be assured that the next pandemic will be worse.

So, what is the answer? We follow the directions and recommendations of medical science on the one hand, and on the other, we look for the fulfillment of Revelation 22:3-5: “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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