‘Pandemic of the Vaccinated’ – Sharyl Attkisson

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The following is a news analysis.

The dominant public health message in the U.S. is pro-Covid-19-vaccine, no matter how ineffective the vaccines have proven to be in terms of infection and spread.

Government, establishment public health officials, and other vaccine industry interests have widely advanced the false narrative that the pandemic is a “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated.”

There’s no record of any expert predicting at the outset that as more people got vaccinated… vastly more would get sick from Covid and die. The trend should have been the opposite: more vaccination: fewer cases, illnesses and deaths.

But even prior to the alarming spread of the Omicron variant of Covid, there was growing cause for concern to be found among scientific studies and data about the quick and efficient transmission of Covid by and among the “fully vaccinated.”

Nothing in this article is intended as advice for any individual. When considering any medical treatment, experts say patients should consult doctors who know them and their condition. Individual considerations may vary.

You should read CDC’s information and listen to the prevailing narratives, and also consider the information included below to help you make up your own mind about related issues in an uncertain environment and managed information landscape.

CDC Covid Information

CDC on Covid-19 vaccines

From: The epidemiological relevance of the COVID-19-vaccinated population is increasing

  • High COVID-19 vaccination rates were expected to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in populations by reducing the number of possible sources for transmission and thereby to reduce the burden of COVID-19 disease. 
  • Recent data, however, indicate that the epidemiological relevance of COVID-19 vaccinated individuals is increasing. 
  • In the UK it was described that secondary attack rates among household contacts exposed to fully vaccinated index cases was similar to household contacts exposed to unvaccinated index cases (25% for vaccinated vs 23% for unvaccinated). 
  • Peak viral load did not differ by vaccination status or variant type. 
  • In Germany, the rate of symptomatic COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated (“breakthrough infections”) is…increasing week by week and was 58.9% on 27, October 2021 providing clear evidence of the increasing relevance of the fully vaccinated as a possible source of transmission. 
  • A similar situation was described for the UK. Between week 39 and 42, a total of 100,160 COVID-19 cases were reported among citizens of 60 years or older. 
  • 89,821 occurred among the fully vaccinated (89.7%), 
  • 3,395 among the unvaccinated (3.4%).
  • One week before, the COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 was higher among the subgroup of the vaccinated compared to the subgroup of the unvaccinated in all age groups of 30 years or more. 
  • In Israel a nosocomial [originating in hospital] outbreak was reported involving 16 healthcare workers, 23 exposed patients and two family members. The source was a fully vaccinated COVID-19 patient. 
  • The vaccination rate was 96.2% among all exposed individuals (151 healthcare workers and 97 patients). 
  • Fourteen fully vaccinated patients became severely ill or died, the two unvaccinated patients developed mild disease. 
  • The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies four of the top five counties with the highest percentage of fully vaccinated population (99.9–84.3%) as “high” transmission counties. 
  • Many decisionmakers assume that the vaccinated can be excluded as a source of transmission. It appears to be grossly negligent to ignore the vaccinated population as a possible and relevant source of transmission when deciding about public health control measures.

Read more information here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanepe/article/PIIS2666-7762(21)00258-1/fulltext

From: Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States

  • At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days. 
  • In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.
  • Notably, Israel with over 60% of their population fully vaccinated had the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people in the last 7 days. 
  • The lack of a meaningful association between percentage population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases is further exemplified, for instance, by comparison of Iceland and Portugal. 
  • Both countries have over 75% of their population fully vaccinated and have more COVID-19 cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa that have around 10% of their population fully vaccinated.
  • Across the US counties too, the median new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days is largely similar across the categories of percent population fully vaccinated. 
  • Notably there is also substantial county variation in new COVID-19 cases within categories of percentage population fully vaccinated. There also appears to be no significant signaling of COVID-19 cases decreasing with higher percentages of population fully vaccinated.
  • Of the top 5 counties that have the highest percentage of population fully vaccinated (99.9–84.3%), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies 4 of them as “High” Transmission counties. 
  • Chattahoochee (Georgia), McKinley (New Mexico), and Arecibo (Puerto Rico) counties have above 90% of their population fully vaccinated with all three being classified as “High” transmission. 
  • Conversely, of the 57 counties that have been classified as “low” transmission counties by the CDC, 26.3% (15) have percentage of population fully vaccinated below 20%.
  • The sole reliance on vaccination as a primary strategy to mitigate COVID-19 and its adverse consequences needs to be re-examined
  • [I]n a report released from the Ministry of Health in Israel, the effectiveness of 2 doses of the BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccine against preventing COVID-19 infection was reported to be 39%, substantially lower than the trial efficacy of 96%. 
  • It is also emerging that immunity derived from the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine may not be as strong as immunity acquired through recovery from the COVID-19 virus. 
  • [T[he CDC reported an increase from 0.01 to 9% and 0 to 15.1% (between January to May 2021) in the rates of hospitalizations and deaths, respectively, amongst the fully vaccinated.

Read more information here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10654-021-00808-7

From: Nosocomial outbreak caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in a highly vaccinated population, Israel, July 2021

  • We present an investigation of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak that started from one unidentified COVID-19 patient, with extensive, rapid nosocomial spread among vaccinated, including individuals wearing surgical masks
  • We have investigated a nosocomial [hospital origin] COVID-19 outbreak involving the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant among a highly vaccinated population. 
  • The attack rate among exposed individuals reached 23.3% in patients and 10.3% in staff, with 96.2% vaccination rate among exposed individuals. 
  • Moreover, several transmissions probably occurred between two individuals both wearing surgical masks, and in one instance using full PPE, including N-95 mask, face shield, gown and gloves.
  • …Israel [experienced] a rapid increase in cases since June 2021 despite a high vaccination rate.
  • It challenges the assumption that high universal vaccination rates will lead to herd immunity and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. This was probably true for the wild-type SARS-CoV-2 virus, but in the outbreak described here, 96.2% of the exposed population was vaccinated. 
  • Infection advanced rapidly (many cases became symptomatic within 2 days of exposure), and viral load was high. 
  • Another accepted view is that, when facing a possible mismatch between the SARS-CoV-2 variant and vaccine or waning immunity, the combination of vaccine and face mask should provide the necessary protection. Although some transmission between staff members could have occurred without masks, all transmissions between patients and staff occurred between masked and vaccinated individuals, as experienced in an outbreak from Finland.
  • This nosocomial outbreak exemplifies the high transmissibility of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant among twice vaccinated and masked individuals.

Read more information here: https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.39.2100822

From: Community transmission and viral load kinetics of the SARS-CoV-2 delta (B.1.617.2) variant in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in the UK: a prospective, longitudinal, cohort study

  • Fully vaccinated individuals with breakthrough infections have peak viral load similar to unvaccinated cases and can efficiently transmit infection in household settings, including to fully vaccinated contacts.

Read more information here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00648-4/fulltext

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