As cases, deaths, and hospitalizations mostly seem to affect fully vaccinated individuals in many countries, and the same trend begins to emerge in the US, one thing is abundantly clear.
This is not a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated.’
According to a recent report regarding certain counties in California from CBS Sacramento, “A new analysis finds several counties with above-average vaccination rates also have higher COVID case rates, while case rates are falling in counties with below-average vaccination rates.”
Data analyzed by the news outlet found five counties, Los Angeles, San Diego, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco, have both a higher percentage of people who are fully vaccinated than the state average, yet also have a higher average daily case rate.
In contrast, counties like Modoc, Glenn, Lassen, Del Norte, and San Benito, which have below-average vaccination rates also have consistently decreasing case rates.
According to an NBC news affiliate, thousands of Massachusetts residents have recently tested positive for COVID-19, and the overwhelming majority of the cases were among people who have been fully vaccinated against the virus. According to the most recent numbers, at least 80 of them have died.
According to another report from ABC News, at least 33 people in a nursing home in Yarmouth on Cape Cod have tested positive for SARS-Cov-2, also with the vast majority of the cases among fully vaccinated individuals.
Several countries that vaccinated their populations quicker than the US, and with the same vaccines, are seeing cases, hospitalizations, and deaths surge among the fully vaccinated. The unvaccinated individuals in those countries now seem to be doing better than the fully vaccinated ones. People who have been previously infected and obtained natural immunity without being vaccinated are doing the best of any group.
The Guardian recently published an article in late June asking “why most people who now die or are hospitalized with Covid in England have had a vaccination?”
“Study shows 29% of the 42 people who have died after catching the new strain had BOTH vaccinations. In Public Health England’s technical briefing on 25 June, that figure had risen to 43% (50 of 117), with the majority (60%) having received at least one dose.”
Today, in England, Scotland, and Israel, a greater percentage of the population was vaccinated, and much more quickly than in the United States. Because of this, the falling efficacy is much more apparent. Those countries have also been much more transparent about reporting hospitalizations and deaths among vaccinated people.
In Singapore, officials recently reported 1,096 locally transmitted cases in the last 28 days, of which 484, or 44%, were fully vaccinated people, while 30% were partially vaccinated and the remaining 25% were unvaccinated.
Vaccine companies and the government are beginning to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence that suggests the vaccines begin to lose their protective effect after a few months, and that many people will need boosters soon.
In all three countries, hospitalizations and deaths have risen since May, and vaccinated people have accounted for more than 50% of the deaths recently. Israel only used the Pfizer vaccine, and the United Kingdom used a mix. When broken down by different vaccines, the same results are found.
NBC News recently published an article about the CDC reversing course, and now recommending that even the fully vaccinated wear masks indoors, and schoolchildren should be mandated to wear masks in all schools in the fall.
In states that publish data like Utah, breakthrough cases have exponentially accelerated in the past two months.
In Utah at the beginning of June, just 8 percent of the 312 new cases in the state were breakthrough cases. As of July 26, this number had risen to 20 percent according to state data.
In Virginia, total cases among fully vaccinated individuals resulting in death went more than doubled from mid-June through July 29th.
Some news outlets have begun to contact health agencies across the US to collect information in the complete absence of comprehensive data from the CDC on breakthrough cases.
Jasmine Reed, a CDC spokesperson recently sent an email to NBC News saying that “state and local health departments continue to report breakthrough cases to the CDC to identify and investigate patterns or trends among hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases,” but the agency stopped publicly releasing that data on May 1.
CDC’s most recent published data says that as of July 26 there have been 6,587 hospitalizations among fully vaccinated Americans and 1,263 deaths.
On Independence Day, Dr. Anthony Fauci answered a question on Meet The Press about deaths specifically for June by saying that “if you look at the number of deaths, 99.2 percent of them are unvaccinated. About 0.8 percent are vaccinated.”
Fauci’s answer would mean that only about 80 vaccinated people – 0.8 percent of 10,000 – died in June.
The numbers are much higher than this, and increasing every day.
In Israel, England, Scotland, and several other countries, statistics on hospitalizations and deaths have three categories – “fully” vaccinated, “partially” vaccinated, and “unvaccinated.”
In the US, much of this data missing from the CDC, while many individual states have failed to record it. When there are statistics on vaccine hospitalizations or deaths available, the people that have received one dose are ignored.
Even among states that track cases closely, officials caution that the data is incomplete because vaccinated people who are infected and asymptomatic are likely largely missing from statistics.
The CDC director also said something during the interview that is raising some eyebrows:
“CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said recent studies had shown that those vaccinated individuals who do become infected with Covid have just as much viral load as the unvaccinated, making it possible for them to spread the virus to others. Based on that finding, Walensky said the CDC is also recommending that all school children wear masks in the fall.“
“We’re seeing now that it’s actually possible if you’re a rare breakthrough infection that you can transmit further, which is the reason for the change,” Walensky said.”
Breakthrough cases though, as we’re seeing in other countries now, seem to be becoming less rare and if the US follows the trend, will become very common.
The guideline change comes a few days after Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief COVID-19 medical adviser, said the agency was reexamining mask recommendations for fully vaccinated Americans.
“We’re going in the wrong direction,” Fauci told CNN’s anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday.
According to a report from USA Today, new data shows exactly what many experts warned about months ago. The efficacy of the vaccines is plummeting after a few months, just as researchers are seeing in other countries using the same vaccines.
The report concludes:
“New data suggests vaccinated individuals could have higher levels of virus and infect others amid the surge of cases driven by the delta variant of the coronavirus.”
The Guardian recently published another report showing that the vast majority of India’s population have antibodies to the virus despite only 6 to 13 percent of people being fully vaccinated.
The national survey shows 68% of Indians have SARSCoV2 antibodies, compared to 25% in January and 1% last spring. Experts say this is why cases and deaths have plunged so fast since May, even though few Indians are fully vaccinated.
One Twitter user asks:
“If the new finding is right that 67.6% Indians surveyed have Covid antibodies, India may be close to herd immunity. Why vaccinate those previously infected? An Israeli study shows immunity via natural infection is a bit stronger than vaccinated immunity.”
For most viruses, it is generally the scientific consensus that natural infection provides a better and more robust immunity than vaccines are able to. One of the only viruses where we know definitively this is not the case is the Human papillomavirus infection or HPV.
Israel National News recently reported that those who already had the virus at some point throughout the past year were more immune to Israel’s recent outbreak, while those who receive inoculation have been much more likely to fall ill in the latest wave.
“With a total of 835,792 Israelis known to have recovered from the virus, the 72 instances of reinfection amount to 0.0086% of people who were already infected with COVID. By contrast, Israelis who were vaccinated were 6.72 times more likely to get infected after the shot than after natural infection, with over 3,000 of the 5,193,499, or 0.0578%, of Israelis who were vaccinated getting infected in the latest wave.”
In a statement authored by several highly qualified epidemiologists from the universities of Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford, they declared similar findings for natural immunity against COVID-19.
“(A)s immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.”
A recent study found that the current vaccines do next to nothing to help the body’s CD8 T-cells, which is the key to long-term immunity.
Dr. Ryan Cole, a Mayo Clinic-trained pathologist who runs one of the largest independent laboratories in the US recently said:
“A natural infection induces hundreds upon hundreds of antibodies against all proteins of the virus, including the envelope, the membrane, the nucleocapsid, and the spike,” said Dr. Cole, who has spent the past 16 months examining and culturing SARS-CoV-2 specimens.
“Dozens upon dozens of these antibodies neutralize the virus when encountered again. Additionally, because of the immune system exposure to these numerous proteins (epitomes), our T cells mount a robust memory, as well. Our T cells are the ‘marines’ of the immune system and the first line of defense against pathogens. T cell memory to those infected with SARSCOV1 is at 17 years and running still.”
However, in vaccine-induced immunity, according to Cole, “we mount an antibody response to only the spike and its constituent proteins.” Cole explained how this produces much fewer neutralizing antibodies, and “as the virus preferentially mutates at the spike, these proteins are shaped differently and antibodies can no longer ‘lock and key’ bind to these new shapes.”
As natural immunity is proven superior for yet another virus, many Twitter users are pointing back to the time that the World Health Organization changed their definition of ‘herd immunity.’
For as long as the ‘herd immunity’ section existed on the World Health Organization’s website, the WHO defined herd immunity as through natural infection or vaccination.
After the vaccines were approved for emergency use authorization though, the WHO changed the definition on their site to show that herd immunity is achieved only through vaccination.
When many outlets, including the NY Post, highlighted this change which included misinformation, the WHO changed the definition on their website again.
According to a recent report from Reuters, Pfizer is set to reap massive financial benefits from their vaccine sales as the company becomes the preferred jab.
According to the first-quarter results published by Pfizer this week, its coronavirus jab has racked up revenues of $3.5bn for the biopharma giant in the first three months of 2021.
The financial results also revealed that Pfizer has vastly exceeded its Covid-19 vaccine sales forecast of $15bn, and now expects the jab to bring in over $30bn of revenue in 2021 – an increase of 73% on previously anticipated figures.
“Pfizer Inc raised its 2021 sales forecast for its COVID-19 vaccine by 29% to $33.5 billion and said it believes people will need a third dose of the shot developed with German partner BioNTech to keep protection against the virus high.
The company said it could apply for an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a booster dose as early as August.”
As vaccines fail in many countries across the world and begin to fail in the US as time passes and many more Americans get vaccinated, the conversation has shifted and the goalposts have moved.
On March 30th, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky touted CDC data that suggested ‘people who have been fully vaccinated almost never carry COVID-19.’
During an MSNBC interview with Rachel Maddow, Walensky said: “Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick, and that it’s not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real-world data.”
It’s beginning to become clear to many experts, COVID is here to stay just like influenza, As the virus runs through populations over the course of a couple of years, our immune systems – which are superior to fighting just about every virus that exists – will accustom.
According to doctors, the dominant Delta variant’s symptoms are much milder, and the fatality rate is far lower than previous coronavirus variants.
Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease specialist with Novant Health, said while the loss of taste and smell was the most telltale sign of the coronavirus throughout the pandemic, many getting sick with delta present with more mild symptoms, like a runny nose or sore throat.
The symptoms closely resemble the common cold or hay fever.