Dr. Anthony Fauci is under fire after his recently published paper cast doubt on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Joel Zinberg, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, blasted Fauci for pushing for tougher mandates despite concerns about vaccines.
“Dr. Anthony Fauci recently acknowledged that there was always good scientific reason to believe that a vaccine against the respiratory virus that causes Covid-19 – SARS-CoV-2 – would provide limited protection against infection, and only for a short time,” Joel Zinberg, Competitive senior fellow at the Enterprise Institute, told The Center Square.
“Of course this is what happened: it quickly became clear that protection against infection lasted only a few months, and that the effectiveness declined as each new viral variant proved more infectious than its predecessor,” he continued. “Yet Dr. Fauci insists that everyone needs repeated vaccinations and until recently pushed for a vaccine mandate.”
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Fauci, who left his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases last year, made the comments in a recent Medical Journal piece he co-authored. The piece makes clear that developing a long-term vaccine for respiratory conditions like COVID-19 is very difficult and a problem still to be overcome, something researchers have known for years.
From the article published in Cell Host and Microbe:
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While vaccine development and licensure is a long and complex process that requires years of preclinical and clinical safety and efficacy data, the limitations of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 vaccines remind us that candidate vaccines for most other respiratory viruses to date was insufficiently protective. For license consideration, including candidate vaccines against RSV, a major killer of children and the elderly, parainfluenzavirus, endemic coronavirus and many other ‘common cold’ viruses that cause significant morbidity and economic loss…
Taking all these factors into account, it is not surprising that none of the predominantly mucosal respiratory viruses have been effectively controlled by vaccines. This observation raises a question of fundamental importance: if natural mucosal respiratory virus infection does not elicit complete and long-term protective immunity against reinfection, how can we expect vaccines, especially systemically administered non-replicating vaccines? This is a major challenge for future vaccine development, and is important to overcome as we work to develop ‘next generation’ vaccines.
The paper and other studies have shown that Fauci was wrong or deceptive in his promises about the vaccine’s effectiveness while pushing for it on behalf of the federal government. For example, Fauci said in May 2021 that “when you get vaccinated, you not only protect your own health and the health of your family … but you also contribute to the health of the community by preventing the spread of the virus throughout the community. And in other words, you become the end of the virus.
The latest research shows that vaccinated people can still spread the virus.
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Pandemic-era shutdowns have crippled the economy and caused countless Americans to lose their jobs.
From nurses to Navy SEALs, those who refused to vaccinate were thrown out of their jobs. Elected leaders have also publicly attacked vaccine skeptics.
Over time, more studies and papers like Fauci’s have emerged, either casting doubt on the vaccine’s effectiveness and, in some cases, highlighting adverse side effects.
“Thousands of workers who, perhaps ill, were willing to risk serious illness themselves, were fired even though the vaccine would not protect them or their colleagues from infection. “Essential personnel including firefighters, police and military are missing,” Zinberg said.
“Fauci’s prolonged unwillingness to admit the foreseeable flaws of the Covid vaccine has undermined trust in public health authorities,” he added. “Even after government efforts to denounce ‘misinformation,’ the declining effectiveness of vaccines in stopping infection has become public knowledge. When the next pandemic comes, people may have little faith in the advice they receive, with potentially catastrophic consequences.”
Syndicated with permission from Center Square.