“Our vaccines are working exceptionally well,” Walensky told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “They continue to work well for Delta, with regard to severe illness and death—they prevent it. But what they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission.”
Thus spoke Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, in an August 5, 2021 interview with CNN. She may have believed the COVID-19 vaccines prevented severe illness and death then, but she cannot possibly believe that now.
That was 8 months ago. The vaccines had barely been rolled out 8 months earlier. Now we have nearly 16 months of observation and what have we found?
- Natural immunity was three times better at preventing cases than vaccination alone, even before Omicron.
- Natural immunity was somewhat better at preventing serious illness, measured as hospitalizations, than vaccination alone, even before Omicron.
- Boosters (a 3rd shot) reduced the death rate in England of the vaccinated from Omicron, but the benefit was starting to drop off by January 2022.
- Overall, England’s unvaccinated population had a lower COVID-19 death rate during the Omicron wave than the COVID-19 death rate in its doubly vaccinated population.
- Rochelle Walensky and the other so-called experts are wrong. Natural immunity provided 3 times more protection against infection (and therefore against transmission) than did double vaccination, even before Omicron. After Omicron, vaccine efficacy was even worse.
- While vaccination provided some protection against severe illness (measured as hospitalizations) during the Delta wave, it provided less protection than natural immunity.
- The vast majority of COVID-19 deaths occur in those over 70. In this age group, the double-vaccinated died from COVID-19 at higher rates during Omicron than the unvaccinated.