ViAqua Therapeutics, an Israeli biotechnology startup, has garnered $8.25 million in funding from venture capitalists to develop an oral RNA-based shrimp vaccine. This accine is allegedly designed to combat the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), a devastating ailment that annually slashes global shrimp production by 15%, amounting to approximately $3 billion in losses.
The rationale is simple to understand. It's about money, three billion dollars a year. The real issue however is the mad drive to insert laboratory-modified genetic material into our food, which ends up in our body with unknown long-term consequences.
ViAqua's approach involves using RNA interference (RNAi) particles as a feed supplement to manipulate gene expression in shrimp. In a proof-of-concept study conducted in 2022, RNA was delivered to shrimp orally via a polyanhydride nanoparticle delivery system. The study revealed that this "nanovaccine" was around 80% effective in protecting shrimp against WSSV when administered through reverse gavage to simulate oral delivery. That's a discovery worth a lot of money to Big Shrimp.
ViAqua intends to take oral delivery to the next level, with plans to commence the production of its RNAi capsule products in India by 2024. Shai Ufaz, the CEO of ViAqua, highlighted the significance of oral delivery in aquaculture health development, as it offers an efficient and cost-effective means of disease management while enhancing outcomes.
Historically, it was believed that shrimp, lacking an adaptive immune system, were incapable of vaccination. This belief stemmed from the fact that shrimp do not possess the specific immune memory found in traditional vaccines. However, recent research has unveiled the existence of certain immune defenses against viruses in shrimp, though the details remain limited.
ViAqua's RNAi product claims to boost shrimp's resistance to viral infections, offering potential benefits to the aquaculture industry. The company also plans to develop additional mRNA vaccines targeting various shrimp viruses and pathogens. Nevertheless, the persistence of shrimp pathogens in intensive aquaculture farms and the long-term effects of genetic manipulation in shrimp remain unknown.
While mRNA vaccines for shrimp are gaining attention, a similar trend has been unfolding in the livestock industry. Since 2018, pork producers have been employing customizable mRNA-based "vaccines" for their herds. This development largely went unnoticed until recently when attorney Tom Renz advocated for transparency in labeling mRNA products. The implications of mRNA vaccines in livestock are raising concerns about potential gene-altering effects in resulting foods.
The cattle industry has also expressed reservations about the use of mRNA injections in livestock, with concerns that mRNA could end up in the global protein supply chain. The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) has called for transparency, heightened research on mRNA safety, and greater public vigilance regarding its use in livestock.
In addition to genetic manipulation, shrimp farming is plagued by another issue—antibiotic use. Antibiotics are commonly administered to farmed shrimp to combat pathogens, resulting in the contamination of shrimp with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Consumers are urged to opt for wild-caught or locally produced shrimp to avoid potential health risks associated with farmed shrimp.
The mRNA vaccines are controversial because they rely on genetic material created in a lab to induce changes in the immune system. It's entirely unnatural, and it is uncertain what the long-term effects of mRNA use may be. The public is right to be wary. In a world where the richest, most powerful elites are calling for a reduction of the human population, it is sensible to be skeptical of anything that comes out of the laboratories they happen to own and control. What if the mRNA "vaccines" are designed to cull the human population? Or what if scientists truly have no idea what the long-term effects will be? Since mRNA vaccine use is new to science, there hasn't been enough time to perform a single long-term study. Yet, the world's elites seem bent on getting this into our bodies by all means necessary. Something smells fishy.