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Your vaccine needs a software update

It's easy to install the latest anti-virus patch
Dateline: 5 February 2026

You’ve got the latest multi-protection vaccine – or so you thought, but now it turns out there’s a new mutation of the SMERS-CoV-6 virus that needs a tweak to the inoculation. But don’t despair, because there’s an update in the works.

Now that bio-printed medications and vaccines are fully digitally designed and constructed, with the help of advanced ‘quantum’ intelligence, it’s only a matter of isolating the troublesome ‘bug’ in the mRNA code, and re-coding the assembler routine.

If that’s a little confusing, you’re excused. But the way these things work now, it’s all software. The software of life, DNA, and the ‘apps’ that apply the fixes, messenger RNA or mRNA, are the tools we use to defend people from new infections and diseases. Including viruses.

It’s like a hotfix for your operating system. If it’s not performing optimally, perhaps it needs a refresh; only thing is, we’re talking about a refresh of you – your personal operating system, which keeps you breathing!

But it’s not all that critical, it’s just a minor update, and things should be fine afterwards. Millions of users, I mean people, have already applied the fix, and reports are coming in of 99.999% success. One or two failures in a million are quite within the norm.

There’s just one problem. You can’t roll back to a previous version. Once you’ve swallowed the new pill, the installation is permanent; there’s no going back. This update can’t be uninstalled.

So, if your anti-virus is out of date, check your version carefully before you install the new one!

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