Just a few months ago, new bivalent boosters rolled out to the public in the latest attempt to prevent the unpreventable.
After years of mass vaccination with mRNA products from Pfizer and Moderna and endless masking, COVID was still spreading, defying expert expectations.
But the bivalent boosters were targeted to the dominant strain of the virus. At the time. Despite the fact that the virus is continuously mutating, the new formulation led to expectations from experts like Dr. Fauci that it would significantly outperform previous doses targeted to earlier strains.
During an interview with The Hill last summer, Fauci said that using Omicron specific boosters would be significantly more beneficial.
“As we get into the fall, you’d want to boost with a BA.5 [vaccine] — so that if you get BA.5 or something closely related to that, you will enhance the immunity against that particular variant.”
According to Fauci, this meant that they were the country’s “best guess” at slowing the spread heading into fall and winter.
His assertions were backed up by other experts like Dr. Ashish Jha, the head of the White House COVID response.
Jha spoke to the American Medical Association last fall about the bivalent booster and the rationale behind it. He stated that effectiveness of the original vaccines against infection and transmission had waned, but that new boosters would recover those benefits.
“But over time, we saw vaccine effectiveness against infection and transmission slowly get chipped away by viral evolution. And what that meant in my mind very clearly, and certainly the minds of the scientists at NIH and FDA, was we needed to make an update. And when Omicron hit, that decision was made by companies, that we needed to make an update. They built a bivalent vaccine.
And so when it comes to this decision—first of all, it clinically makes all the sense in the world. You want a vaccine that targets the virus out there, not the virus that was around two and half years ago. But the evidence behind it is actually quite strong,” Jha said.
According to him, the “evidence behind it is actually quite strong.”
Both of these powerful, influential bureaucrats immediately pushed for every eligible American to get the new, updated booster dose. The expert community at large also assured the public that it would dramatically reduce the risk of infection and transmission among vaccinated people. Claiming that there was substantial evidence supporting that assertion.
Which makes recent news that much more predictable.
News that anyone paying attention would not be surprised to see.
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