Fauci: Waning Protection From Hospitalizations & Death Make Booster Shot "Essential"
On Nov. 12, White House COVID adviser Anthony Fauci, MD, went on The New York Times' podcast The Daily to discuss all things COVID. On the podcast, Fauci pointed towards the waning immunity that COVID vaccines provides against infection, which has been evident for some time.
Fauci stated the following on the podcast,
"They are seeing a waning of immunity not only against infection but against hospitalization and to some extent death, which is starting to now involve all age groups. It isn't just the elderly," Fauci said. "It's waning to the point that you're seeing more and more people getting breakthrough infections, and more and more of those people who are getting breakthrough infections are winding up in the hospital."
Dr Anthony Fauci
A number of highly vaccinated countries are experiencing exponential outbreaks in cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) still lists the most vaccinated countries as highly transmissible ones.
As a result of this emerging data, Fauci emphasized that "fully" vaccinated people should get their booster shot as soon as possible, and called it essential.
"If one looks back at this, one can say, do you know, it isn't as if a booster is a bonus, but a booster might actually be an essential part of the primary regimen that people should have...Boosting is gonna be an absolutely essential component of our response, not a bonus, not a luxury, but an absolute essential part of the program."
Dr. Anthony Fauci
Not all doctors agree with Fauci's call for boosters. Dr. Steven Pelech, a professor of immunology and neurology at the University of British Columbia in Canada recently emphasized this on the Strong and Free Truthcast,
"We now know that these Covid vaccines that use the RNA or that use the adenovirus for delivery, the immunity does not last. Even with double booster shots in Israel we see that 90% of the people that are in hospital in Israel are double-vaccinated.”
Dr Steven Pelech
Dr. Peter Doshi, a professor at the University of Maryland and a senior editor at the British Medical Journal, recently appeared alongside several other doctors and medical researchers in a panel discussion put on U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. In his presentation he pointed out that many double vaccinated people in the UK are now starting to end up in hospitals. He also pointed out that clinical trials did not show a highly effective vaccine, which is the way COVID shots were initially marketed.
Dr. Pelech and Dr. Doshi are not advocating for booster shots, but rather see this data as cause for the termination of vaccine mandate policies.
All this said, there has been data around the globe providing evidence that the vaccine has been effective against hospitalizations and deaths from COVID for a short period of time. As time goes on, the science behind this evolves and our understanding of what's happening has to also.
What's often not discussed is the fact that hospitals have been over-capacity well before COVID, and ICUs have always been busy, something governments have done little to improve. COVID has added to a problem that has already existed, and vaccine mandates are not likely to solve this issue.
We've seen the definition of "fully vaccinated" changed in Israel. Citizens are not eligible for their vaccine pass unless they've received a booster shot, and it's looking like the the definition of fully vaccinated may change again to require a fourth dose. Israel's coronavirus czar, Dr. Salman Zarka, expressed in early September that Israeli citizens will need a 4th dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
With poor efficacy against transmission, and waning efficacy against death and hospitalizations, this isn't a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" as many politicians have claimed.
For a healthy person under the age of 65, the survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Early on in the pandemic, 94 percent of COVID deaths in the United States were seen in people with multiple underlying health conditions. This means management of people's co-morbidities should be a focus of government policy.
As The Great Barrington Declaration has advocated for since the beginning of the pandemic, a more focused protection plan could be put in place.
Finally, why has the science of natural immunity been ignored in so many countries throughout this pandemic if it provides more robust protection compared to COVID shots?