By creating “risky viruses” for vaccine research, the EU and the US have sparked new pandemic fears.
A NEW STUDY led by academics from King’s College London has discovered that in the search for vaccines, scientists have created “risky” self-spreading viruses that could have “irreversible consequences.”
Scientists in the United States and Europe may be creating self-spreading viruses in the hopes of developing viral vaccines, according to a new King’s College London paper.
According to the paper, scientists are attempting to modify viruses so that they can spread easily between hosts in the hopes of developing viral vaccines.
Scientists hope that the viruses can then be used as insecticides to protect crops or as vaccines to spread immunity from one host to another, according to the paper, which was written by a team of international academics led by Dr Filippa Lentzos.
These scientists have ignored a fundamental belief that self-spreading viruses are too unstable to be safe, according to Dr. Lentzos of King’s College London’s Department of War Studies and Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.
She claimed in a statement that the study is an example of “risky virology,” similar to “virus hunting in bat caves.”
“Developing self-spreading viruses for environmental release is another example of risky virology research, such as virus hunting in bat caves or intentionally making dangerous pathogens even more dangerous in the lab, all in the name of pandemic preparedness, but where it is far from clear that the expected benefits outweigh the very clear risks,” she continued.
The paper’s authors have called for tighter controls on this type of research.
“Only a concerted, global governance effort with coherent regional, national, and local implementation can address the challenges of self-spreading viruses, which have the potential to radically transform both wildlife and human communities,” they said.
The paper continued to express concern about the research’s dangers.
“Self-spreading vaccines could indeed pose serious risks, and the prospect of using them raises difficult questions,” the authors wrote.
“Who decides where and when a vaccine should be released, for example?”
“Once the virus is released, scientists will no longer have control over it.”
It’s possible that it’ll mutate, just like viruses do.
It has the potential to cross species boundaries.
“It will go beyond national borders.”
There will be unintended consequences and unexpected outcomes.
There are always some.”
The authors of the paper went on to say that the concept of self-spreading viruses has been around for quite some time.
Attempts to use them against insects and wildlife have been made in Australia and Spain.
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