Dr. Anthony Fauci is back. And he warns Americans that Covid reinforcements will likely be “necessary” for the foreseeable future.
Fauci: Americans will need new Covid vaccinations ‘at least once a year’ pic.twitter.com/u7DAyDMPGI
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 16, 2023
“Yes, well, that leads to the question, Joe, and we’d like an answer from you, Dr. Fauci, who are the pride of Holy Cross University,” said former Boston Globe writer Mike Barnicle.
“And I don’t think you were in med school with Ted Cruz or Jim Jordan, but how many booster shots do you think we’re going to get? There’s one available now, but how far into the future are we going to get one?” he added shyly
“You know, we don’t know the definitive answer, but this is likely not going to go away, it’s not going to be eradicated and it’s not going to be removed,” he said. “So it’s going to be around, you know, for the foreseeable future.”
“So we probably need an intermittent shot, probably at the same time we get a flu shot, at least once a year. Much like what we do to stay up-to-date on our flu immunity. It’s very likely that we’re going through a similar situation with Covid, which is getting a booster shot once a year, probably at the same time as getting a flu shot.”
A major study recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases showed that natural immunity, or post-infection immunity, was shown to provide 76 percent protection against hospitalizations associated with Covid-19 during the Omicron surge, they found the investigators. The Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, both using mRNA technology, provided only 39 percent protection for those without prior infection.
Natural immunity also lasted longer than mRNA vaccination plus boosters, according to the study. During the Omicron surge, natural immunity protection against hospitalization was 74% for 150 or more days after infection. A series of primary vaccines without previous infection provided only 39 percent protection beyond 149 days after the final vaccine. Three doses initially provided 81 percent protection, but this faded to 31 percent after 150 or more days after the last dose.
According to current CDC data via the New York Times, about 34% of the US population is currently “boosted.” There are approximately 27,442 cases of Covid each day and 414 deaths related to Covid, according to the Times Health and Human Services.
Fauci also discussed whether his views on the origins of Covid had changed in light of new reports from the Department of Energy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that support a lab leak theory.
“If you look at the history, as well as the information that has been published recently by a considerably large group of highly respected, although not definitive, international evolutionary virologists, they have published in the peer-reviewed literature, when you look at… https:/ /t.co/WO6OimR3Z5 pic.twitter.com/MQ4jlofX3f
— Becker News (@NewsBecker) March 16, 2023
“Dr. Fauci, as you know, there are still questions that remain as to the origin of Covid. The US Department of Energy about two weeks ago released an assessment saying that they have little confidence that there is a possibility that this came from a lab. Right now, where do you think the Covid came from?” he was asked.
“Yeah, well, first of all, we don’t know,” Fauci replied. “And I think that’s where there’s a lot of accusations and confusion about who’s saying what. We don’t know the definitive answer to that.”
“Obviously, there are two possibilities that are being entertained, and I think we have to keep a completely open mind until we have definitive proof. However, having said that, if you look at the information, just because something could be possible, one thing or the other, that doesn’t mean one is more likely than the other.”
“And if you look historically, as well as the information that has been published recently by a considerably large group of highly respected, although not definitive, international evolutionary virologists have published in the peer-reviewed literature, when you look at Epidemiological, Virological and Geospatial Information from Wuhan, they feel and have published this, which is more likely, not definitive, but more likely to be a natural occurrence from an animal reservoir to a human,” he added.
“That said, because it’s not definitive, we all have to be completely open-minded that it could be one or the other,” Fauci continued. “So instead of fighting over it, we should try to find out absolutely which it is. But in the meantime, do everything you can to prevent either option from happening again. If it’s a leak of lab, make the lab much safer, get good regulations on what you can do to reduce the possibility in the future. If this is a natural evolution from a reservoir of animals, look very closely at the animal-human interface and the fact that wild animals are brought to wet markets, which exposes them directly to the human population.
“We can, right now, even without knowing definitively what the source is, we can work on both possibilities,” he said.
The House Select Subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic has uncovered evidence that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the nation’s top Covid authority, abused his influence in steering researchers away from the “lab leak theory.” of the origins of SARS-CoV-2, lied to Congress about his role in this research, and in fact may have been the lead author of the now infamous paper, “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2 “.
On March 5, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic issued a memorandum on its findings that Dr. Fauci had inappropriately influenced Covid-19 researchers. The memorandum reads as follows:
Evidence before the Select Subcommittee suggests that Dr. Anthony Fauci “asked” Dr. Kristian Andersen, a professor at Scripps Research (Scripps), to write Proximal Origin and that the goal was to “disprove” any leak theory. laboratory
On August 18, 2021, Scripps responded to Jim Jordan’s July 29, 2021 letter to Oversight and Reform Committee Ranking Member James Comer, then Judicial Ranking Member, to Dr. Andersen. In that letter, Scripps claims that Dr. Andersen “objectively” investigated the origins and that Dr. Anthony Fauci did not try to influence his work. Both claims do not appear to be supported by the available evidence.
The select subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic adds that “The purpose of proximate origin was to ‘disprove’ a laboratory theory”. This is based on statements made by Dr. Kristian Anderson, the lead author.
“Our main work over the past few weeks has been focused on trying to disprove any sort of lab theory…” Anderson wrote in a February 8, 2020, email.
The memo reveals how researchers believed the hypothesis of natural evolution was based on dubious claims.
Dr Fauci has agreed to testify before Congress on the Covid lab leak theory and other matters if called.
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