During a recent CNN interview, Dr Fauci was asked about the millions of people who have contracted the coronavirus naturally and now have natural immunity.
CNN reporter Sanjay Gupta asked if Fauci had an answer for those who are naturally immune, referring to a recent study published about the subject.
“There was a study that came out of Israel about natural immunity, and basically the headline was natural immunity provides a lot of protection, even better than the vaccine,” Gupta said. “As we talk about vaccine mandates, I get calls all the time from people who say I’ve already had COVID, I’m protected, should they also get the vaccine, how do you make the case to them?” Gupta asked.
According to the Wall Street Journal, at least half of the unvaccinated people in the US have natural immunity. Many other scientists estimate that it could be as many as 100 million Americans infected just in 2020.
As it stands currently, the vaccine passports and mandates do not exempt those who have a natural immunity to the virus, and the CDC’s herd immunity percentage continues to change while only accounting for those vaccinated.
The study Gupta is likely referring to was published on medRxiv.org and covered more than 800,000 people split into three groups. The study concluded that fully vaccinated individuals may be at greater risk of COVID than those unvaccinated.
According to the massive study, people who have taken both doses of the Pfizer jab are 13 times more likely to have a breakthrough infection and are even at a vastly greater risk for Covid-19 hospitalizations.
Vaccinated individuals were found to have 27 times higher risk of symptomatic COVID infection compared to those with natural immunity from prior COVID disease.
Israel has among the world’s highest levels of vaccination for COVID-19, with 80% of those 12 and older fully vaccinated, the vast majority with the Pfizer vaccine. Yet the country is now recording one of the world’s highest infection rates, and Americans aren’t allowed to travel there.
More than half of the cases in Israel, and over 60% of the hospitalizations for severe COVID cases are in fully vaccinated people.
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.
Original Definition on the WHO Website
Change to the Definition on the WHO Website
Final Change to the Definition on the WHO Website
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.