The Biden administration is pursuing a universal vaccination strategy, even encouraging private businesses and public universities to mandate COVID-19 shots as a prerequisite to be able to go to work or school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention insists even if you already contracted the virus and have survived, you should get the vaccination.
The U.S. federal government is failing to take natural immunity seriously – and their universal vaccination strategy is foolish, misguided, and at its worst, deadly.
Newly released data from Israel show people who once had a SARS-CoV-2 infection were much less likely than never-infected vaccinated people to contract the Delta variant, develop symptoms from it, or become hospitalized with serious COVID-19. That’s right – natural immunity provides more of a shield against Delta than two doses of Pfizer’s vaccine.
“It’s a textbook example of how natural immunity is really better than vaccination,” Charlotte Thalin, a physician and immunology researcher at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm, told Science magazine of the Israeli study, which tracked more than 700,000 individuals and was released on August 26th.
Other studies show similar results. A Public Health England study released in January found less than 1 percent of 6,614 people who tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies developed reinfection within five months. A Cleveland Clinic study published in June found that not one of the 1,359 unvaccinated people previously infected with COVID-19 contracted the virus. They concluded, “individuals who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection are unlikely to benefit from COVID-19 vaccination.”
Yet, the U.S. federal government wants to frame the debate around the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. Instead, they should be talking about the immune and the non-immune. More of an emphasis should be placed on antibody tests. Based on California studies, roughly a third to half of Americans who are unvaccinated have natural immunity, according to Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who has repeatedly pressed the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci to include natural immunity in their herd-immunity calculations and COVID-19 guidance.
“During every month of this pandemic, I’ve had debates with other public researchers about the effectiveness and durability of natural immunity,” Dr. Makary told US News & World Report in August. “I’ve been told that natural immunity could fall off a cliff, rendering people susceptible to infection. But here we are now, over a year and a half into the clinical experience of observing patients who were infected, and natural immunity is effective and going strong. And that’s because, with natural immunity, the body develops antibodies to the entire surface of the virus, not just a spike protein constructed from a vaccine.”
There are legitimate reasons for the immune not to want to get a vaccination. As Dr. Robert Malone and Peter Navarro have detailed on our pages, the shots can cause a wide range of serious side effects. The Pfizer vaccination is associated with an increased risk of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, especially among young males. Other than the Pfizer shot, both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccination hasn’t received full FDA approval.
As more studies show prior COVID-19 infection provides better immunity than vaccines, the Biden administration needs to recalibrate and abandon its universal vaccination strategy. Not doing so is unscientific, discriminatory, unethical, and potentially deadly.