Vaccines Less Effective Over Time
The FDA has found that the effectiveness of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine drops by about 19 percent to 84 percent over six months. That’s far better than the Chinese vaccine, which apparently drops below 50 percent after six months. The news may worry the vaccinated, but Pfizer’s shareholders are probably celebrating. This news could mean they get to sell booster shots. According to the wall Street Journal, Pfizer expects to make $33.5 billion selling the vaccine this year.
The Best Places for Survival
A study published in the journal Sustainability rated the top places to survive the collapse of society are island nations in this order: New Zealand, Iceland, the UK, Tasmania, and Ireland. These countries were chosen for their ability to grow food, protect their borders from mass migration, and maintain their electrical grid. My guess is that the U.S. failed on the second point, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your retreat a “collapse lifeboat” within the U.S.
The article is an interesting read for the serious prepper while the actual journal article goes into detail on the problems of a complex society and says it has determined “human civilisation that is in a perilous state, with large and growing risks developing in multiple spheres of the human endeavour.” While I do not agree with many of the assumptions and predictions of the paper, it is still worth reading and provides many ideas worth considering.
Flashpoints and Future Wars
We’ve talked previously about rising tensions between China and Taiwan and its allies, and how this could result in a war. Here’s an interesting article on flashpoints for World War Three, and Taiwan ranks at the top.