Why do breakthrough infections happen? In this April 20, 2021 article for Miami Herald, writer Katie Camero attempts to explain.
In the article, Camero cites Dr. Ghady Haidar, an infectious diseases physician specializing in immunosuppressed populations at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who says that immunocompromised people are more likely to get infected with SARS-CoV-2 after vaccination. In a study conducted by Dr. Haidar, he found that 46% of patients with hematologic malignancies did not produce antibodies against COVID-19 three weeks after the Pfizer or Moderna shots. Meanwhile, several other studies are showing that most people with comorbidities are unable to develop COVID antibodies even after immunization, regardless of what the vaccine is.
Haidar adds that additional research needs to be done in order to understand vaccine failure among those with immune abnormalities.
Editor’s Note: We have three takeaways from this article. First is that there is no data on the safety and efficacy of the experimental vaccines on individuals who are immunocompromised because this group was not included in the initial vaccine trials. And while we understand why the government chose to prioritize the elderly and the immunocompromised in the vaccination rollout, it must be said that this move was an experiment because no one knows how their weakened immune systems would respond.
Second, the article drives home the point that it is not the vaccine that causes immunity to COVID-19. Instead, the vaccine is a tool used to introduce the pathogen to the human body, and whether a person becomes immune to the virus or not, is still up to the health of a person’s immune system. If this is so, then what is the difference between the vaccine and natural infection? [There is growing evidence that natural infection offers significantly better protection against SARS-CoV-2, see Public Health England: Past COVID-19 infection gives vaccine-like immunity for months. Also read Our immune system evolves to fight coronavirus variants and Study of 10-million person-identifiable PCR-test in Denmark shows young people protected from SARS-CoV-2 reinfection].
Lastly, we realized that many of the vaccination campaigns launched by governments are misinformation. They sell vaccination as if people who get the jab suddenly get a superpower to fight against COVID-19. None of these campaigns mention the truth that vaccines rely on the health of the immune system. Never has vaccine failure ever been mentioned. Moreover, no campaign mentions the reality that as these COVID vaccines are experimental, no one knows what their adverse effects are, both in the short and long term.
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