CDC: Vaccinate Even if Naturally Immune
The question is whether the science behind this pronouncement is sound.
It’s not news to our readers that the CDC has greatly undermined its own credibility, creating a colossal trust deficit. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC has been unclear, contradictory, and sometimes misleading. Well, here we go again.
The CDC recently decided that “all eligible persons should be offered COVID-19 vaccine, even those with previous SARS-CoV-2 infection.” This has long been a point of contention for anyone paying attention.
Arguably, the whole point of vaccination is to create the same antibodies that your own system would produce after having contracted the virus. And as the Cato Institute’s Todd Zywicki recently wrote, there’s evidence suggesting that natural immunities are as good or better than at least the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. And the goal of vaccination may be 100% inoculation, but that’s never reality.
Nevertheless, government officials and media talkingheads routinely ignore the immunity conferred by having contracted the virus. Some 37.1 million Americans have had recorded cases. No doubt some number of those have also been vaccinated, either before or after infection. Do the previously infected but unvaccinated need to be vaccinated? The CDC says yes, even though the evidence is unclear.
To justify its pronouncement, the CDC pointed to a Kentucky study of residents who were vaccinated versus those who had contracted COVID at some point. The problem with that study, argues Power Line’s John Hinderaker, is actually profound:
CDC has misrepresented the significance of that study. The relevant question is whether people who have had covid are any more likely to be re-infected than people who have not had covid, but who have been vaccinated. But the Kentucky study did not address that question at all. Rather, it looked only at those who had already contracted covid, and examined whether a subsequent vaccination would reduce their small risk of re-infection even further.
Hinderaker’s Washington neurosurgeon pal digs in even further at the above link. But suffice it to say that science isn’t the guiding principle when the CDC pulls such stunts. Neither is science the standard used by Leftmedia propagandists, who dutifully repeat the CDC’s deceptive press release about its supposed findings.
Why do they repeat it? Because President Joe Biden, who spent 2020 telling people not to trust any vaccine that Donald Trump played a part in developing, now wants every American vaccinated.
Inquiring minds want to know: What’s Dr. Anthony Fauci’s position on herd immunity this week? He didn’t specify, but he did make this astounding declaration: “Put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy and that common enemy is the virus.”
It’s no wonder so many Americans have trust issues when it comes to government.
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