CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is having a rough week. After her own agency confessed that prior infection provided superior protection to the Delta variant than vaccination alone, she is now regretfully informing the American people that “fully vaccinated” was all a lie.
She didn’t explicitly call it a “lie,” but she might as well have. Walensky appeared on CBS News to deliver the bad news to the remaining Covid expert believers.
“What we really are working to do is pivot the language to make sure that everybody is as up-to-date with their Covid-19 vaccines as they personally could be, should be, based on when they got their last vaccine,” she said.
“So, importantly right now, we are pivoting our language, we really want to make sure people are up-to-date. That means if you recently got your second dose, you are not eligible for a booster. You are up-to-date. If you are eligible for a booster and you haven’t got it, you are not up-to-date and you need to get your booster in order to be up-to-date.”
You “up-to-date” yet? This is all about “pivoting our language” and not about scientific reality. That reality came out this week when the CDC showed that prior infection provided a superior level of protection to vaccinated immunity after the Delta variant wave.
It released a study called “COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations by COVID-19 Vaccination Status and Previous COVID-19 Diagnosis — California and New York, May–November 2021.” The findings were reported by Agence France-Presse.
“During America’s last surge of the coronavirus driven by the Delta variant, people who were unvaccinated but survived Covid were better protected than those who were vaccinated and not previously infected,” AFP noted about the new study.
“The finding is the latest to weigh in on a debate on the relative strengths of natural versus vaccine-acquired immunity against SARS-CoV-2, but comes this time with the imprimatur of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” AFP added.
The study itself is heavily parsed and argues that vaccination is still the best strategy to prevent Covid hospitalizations and deaths. That may be true — but only for at-risk people who don’t have natural immunity from prior infections.
So, we will “pivot our language” and say it bluntly: Natural immunity beats vaccinated immunity. Now, the American people are truly “up-to-date.”
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