Pfizer and BioNTech have announced the start of a phase 1 trial for a two-part mRNA-based shot meant to help with both influenza and Covid-19.
“The vaccine candidate combines Pfizer’s quadrivalent modRNA-based influenza vaccine candidate, qIRV (22/23), which is currently in Phase 3 clinical development, and Pfizer and BioNTech’s authorized Omicron-adapted bivalent COVID-19 BNT162b2 (Original/Omicron BA.4/BA.5) vaccine, each of which is based on BioNTech’s proprietary mRNA platform technology,” read the BioNTech press release.
Today we announced a Phase 1 study with @BioNTech_Group of an #mRNA-based combination vaccine candidate for #influenza and #COVID19, aiming to help protect against both diseases at once. Learn more: https://t.co/6TOHyDCT0r pic.twitter.com/e5d9PkM7fy
— Pfizer Inc. (@pfizer) November 3, 2022
This news comes after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus last month after receiving what she described as an “updated” Covid-19 vaccine in September.
She then tested negative before testing positive again later on.
Walensky is not the only White House official to test positive for the virus despite receiving numerous inoculations that constantly fall short of preventing infection. White House occupant Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 back in July despite taking four separate shots.
The White House posted a video of animated coughing followed by a public service announcement encouraging Americans to take the inoculations.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 25, 2022
The CDC claims that the shots “are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including recommended boosters.”
This is a very different claim than what was previously made by CDC director Walensky, who said in March of 2021, “data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick, and that it’s not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real-world data.”
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky: “Our data from the CDC today suggest that vaccinated people do not carry the virus.” pic.twitter.com/9W1SHecSEm
— The Recount (@therecount) March 30, 2021
Walensky later walked back these incorrect claims, telling the New York Times, “It’s possible that some people who are fully vaccinated could get COVID-19… The evidence isn’t clear whether they can spread the virus to others. We are continuing to evaluate the evidence.”