With new Covid variants popping up and infection rates ramping up as the colder weather rolls in, should we be ready to get another jab? According to President Biden, we all should be. However, according to the peer-reviewed journal Oxford Academic’s journal article entitled, “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Naturally Acquired Immunity versus Vaccine-induced Immunity, Reinfections versus Breakthrough Infections: A Retrospective Cohort Study” the results are officially in an as you may have guessed, naturally acquired immunity did a much better job. Data coming out of Israel shows naturally acquired immunity thirteen times better at protecting against re-infection and twenty-eight times more effective at protecting against symptomatic reinfection than vaccine induced immunity.
There is no magic bullet, and though both naturally acquired immunity and vaccine induced immunity have shown diminish over time. The consensus is that waning immune protection begins shortly after injection of the vaccine, with a substantial reduction of protection after four months. The results of this study are based on the Delta variant, which was one of the nastier versions and when people were getting very sick. The study provides a direct comparison naturally acquired immunity to vaccine induced immunity, 673,676 individuals who were vaccinated with Pfizer’s BioNTech vaccine, and 62,883 individuals who were unvaccinated but acquired natural immunity via infection with the SARS-Co2 virus and offers us a rare but effective direct comparison Jan-Feb 2021 4 to 8 months after their infection or injection. As would have it, the unvaccinated who acquired their immunity form natural infections were 1300% less likely to be reinfected and 2800% less likely to suffer from symptomatic reinfection from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), with zero hospitalizations in naturally acquired immunity group.
Naturally acquired immunity has been proven to be substantially superior to the quickly diminished and ineffective immunity generated through the vaccination. Even further out after infection or vaccine naturally acquired immunity is massively better than the vaccine offered. Six to seventeen months after the infection or vaccine naturally acquired immunity was shown to be 600% better than vaccine at preventing re-infection and 700% better at preventing symptomatic disease.
But if that is the case, and the naturally immune population are unlikely to benefit from vaccination, why would our public health officials and political leaders be so keen on spending so many of our tax dollars on new vaccines? It couldn’t possibly be the case that nobody gets paid for natural immunity, could it? Can we have a modicum of honesty and transparency? Probably not. A touch of humility? Evidently not.
As the adage goes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. As Marty Makary, Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine points out in a recent Washington Post article, “It’s okay to have incorrect scientific hypotheses.” As we all know early in the pandemic, many of the early and most popularly adopted hypotheses were shown to be incorrect. Professor Makary also point out the obvious in saying, “But when new data proves it wrong you have to adapt.” The elephant in the room is why haven’t our leaders like President Biden and our supposed public health institutions such as the CDC adapted to the obvious?
Our elected leaders and public health officials are still blindly insistent that vaccines are better than natural immunity. Is due to a fear of having been wrong, or simply to generate profits to their back to their best contributors? The lesser of two evils would be the former but unfortunately it appears it may be the latter. Over sixteen studies have reinforced this truth that naturally acquired immunity reign supreme. And no adaptation from our leaders who are still advising and mandating vaccination for all including healthcare workers who have been exposed many many times. This doubling down on the incorrect runs the risk of future loss of many lives and damaged credibility of public health officials. By degrading the trust the average citizen has in our healthcare system and leaders, what will the unforeseen consequences be? Time will tell.