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Are the Boosted Really 97 Times Less Likely to Die Than the Unvaccinated?
Well, that depends on the definition of the phrase "To Die"- specifically how long you count - and if you ignore natural immunity.
On 2/2/2022, at a Press Briefing, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky reported that people who are boosted are 97 times less likely to die than the “unvaccinated”.
These are weekly death rates. We need much longer term data, especially given the unexplained increases in all-cause mortality. Using weekly death infection/hospitalization/death rates to compare boosters is like measuring the protection of houses doused with water for ten minutes during a raging forest fire. “100% of houses were saved while they were being doused”… Come on, talk w/us in a year.
Walensky left out any reference or comparison of the rates of death due to new infection in persons who are boosted to rates of death due to new infection in persons who are unvaccinated. This is important, because if you exclude people w/natural immunity, you’re comparing apples and oranges. And if you combine the vaccinated w/no prior infection with the vaccinated with prior infection, you’re combining clinical groups and ignoring a major contributor to variation in outcome. The last study of efficacy of natural immunity was that immunity lasted 13 months (Pubmed).
Walensky (and others) are being super inconsistent in their data, as well.
At the White House presser, Jeff Zients, “Counselor to the President”, reported
“A year ago, we stood up a historic nationwide vaccination program that’s now gotten 75 percent of adults in the U.S. fully vaccinated.”
Wrong. Our World in Data reports 64.3% of Americans as “Fully Vaccinated” (according to CDC), “fully vaccinated” means “received two doses of Moderna or Pfizer” or “one dose of Johnson & Johnson”.
As long as they keep getting it wrong, real-world perception will not match reality, and vaccine skepticism will continue to grow.