It was one year ago today when President Biden promised Americans that if they got vaccinated they would not contract COVID-19.
On Thursday, after four COVID-19 shots, the White House announced that the president had tested positive for the disease and was experiencing mild symptoms while isolating from his staff.
Nevertheless, Biden said Wednesday in response to a reporter’s question that his plan to address a rise in COVID-19 cases was that Americans should be “getting vaccinated.”
The administration finally, reluctantly, has acknowledged the shots don’t stop infection or transmission but continues to insist they prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death.
Biden’s top coronavirus adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci – who tested positive for COVID-19 last month after being quadruple vaccinated – acknowledged in a recent interview that the COVID vaccines “don’t protect overly well” from infection. But he maintained they still have virtue.
“One of the things that’s clear from the data [is] that even though vaccines – because of the high degree of transmissibility of this virus – don’t protect overly well, as it were, against infection, they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death,” Fauci said.
However, an analysis of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine trials found the mRNA shots are more likely to land a recipient in the hospital than to provide protection from a severe adverse event. The findings were similar to those of a recent pre-print analysis that found “no evidence of a reduction in overall mortality in the mRNA vaccine trials.” And a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that two doses of the mRNA vaccines increased the risk of COVID-19 infection during the omicron wave.
Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the technology platform behind the mRNA vaccines and a leading critic of the COVID-19 shots, summarized Thursday on Gettr what current scientific research and real world data indicate.
“The highly inoculated are the ones at most risk for clinical COVID, hospitalization and death with these escape mutant variants, and they are the ones breeding the next round of escape mutants,” he wrote.
Dr. Harvey Risch, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said in EpochTV interview published Wednesday that the antibodies triggered by COVID-19 vaccines are interfering with people’s immune systems as newer virus variants emerge.
The White House said Biden is being treated with the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which is produced by Pfizer. Fauci said he experienced a rebound of COVID symptoms after he was treated with the drug. In fact, Pfizer’s own trial data showed the drug may not be effective for people who have received a COVID vaccine.
The Pfizer Paxlovid trial was stopped, pointed out Malone, due to a lack of efficacy in standard risk patients. Lab studies, he further noted, show coronavirus has been able to evade the drug in multiple ways.
Last fall, Risch was among scientists and physicians who said in Senate testimony that thousands of lives could have been saved if treatments such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine had not been suppressed.