Fauci's Back From His Battle With Covid With A New Outlook: Vaccines 'Don't Protect Overly Well'
Dr. Anthony Fauci is alive and well, a good thing too because he's had a change of heart on his vaccine narrative. Yes, he still wants you to take the jab and all the boosters but he now realizes that the vaccine did nothing to prevent his infection in the first place.
Dr. Fauci admitted that "one of the things that's clear from the data [is] that even though vaccines - because of the high degree of transmissibility of this virus - don't protect overly well, as it were, against infection"
He continued, "they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death. And I believe that's the reason, Neil, why at my age, being vaccinated and boosted, even though it didn't protect me against infection, I feel confident that it made a major role in protecting me from progressing to severe disease."
He concluded, "that's very likely why I had a relatively mild course. So my message to people who seem confused because people who are vaccinated get infected - the answer is if you weren't vaccinated, the likelihood [is] you would have had [a] more severe course than you did have when you were vaccinated."
He doubled down during a White House briefing:
“The threat to you is now,” Fauci warned during Tuesday's briefing. “Immunity wanes, whether that’s immunity following infection or immunity following vaccine."
“If you were infected with BA.1, you really don’t have a lot of good protection against BA.4/5,” he warned of the latest two Omicron strains that account for more than 80% of circulating variants last week.
“We should not let it disrupt our lives,” he said, “but we cannot deny that it is a reality that we need to deal with.”
During an interview with MSNBC, Fauci singled out “the New York area” as where “you’re starting to see cases go up.”
“It’s something we absolutely need to take seriously. It has a transmission advantage over the prior variants that were dominant,” he insisted of the new variant, which makes up a majority of cases.