In this April 18, 2022, article published by The Manila Bulletin, Jel Santos reports on the remarks of World Health Organization representative to the Philippines Dr. Rajendra Yadav during the Laging Handa briefing with the President.
Yadav said, “We should not rely on the number of cases to know whether we have too much Covid-19 or not rather we need to focus on increasing our vaccination. In short, whether the numbers will increase or not only time will tell. But also, we should not focus too much on the number [of Covid-19] cases, rather, the number of people who are vaccinated, that is more important”.
Yadav says that the country should try to reach 70% vaccination in order to “create adequate herd immunity”.
Editor’s Note: We add this article to the website for two reasons. First, we agree with Yadav when he said that the Philippine government should not obsess about the number of cases. After all, many experts are now saying that we will never be able to eradicate COVID, and counting the number of cases, without considering other indicators such as the hospitalization rate, ICU utilization rate, and death rate, is inappropriate. [Many countries are already making this shift, see US treats new COVID wave differently: COVID should not dictate our lives anymore, It’s time to rethink COVID restrictions, African experience proves countries “mishandled” COVID, South Korea shifts pandemic policy to focused protection, How Denmark decided COVID isn’t a critical threat to society, Singapore Abandons Zero COVID Strategy, Singapore decides to “live with the virus”].
And while testing may be important to detect the movement of the virus and prevent infection clusters, it cannot be used indiscriminately [see How COVID Testing Strategy Will Extend Pandemic Scare, Faulty COVID-19 tests: Why prisoners love their jailers and never-ending lockdowns, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya: Test and tracing only creates panic].
Aside from that first point, all the other claims made by Yadav were erroneous. For one, vaccines cannot create “adequate herd immunity” because they cannot step infection or transmission which is a characteristic of herd immunity [see CDC Head declares COVID ‘vaccines’ don’t prevent infections or transmissions, Fauci: Early COVID-19 vaccines will only prevent symptoms, not block infection, Expert Says COVID Vaccines Not Strong Enough for Herd Immunity, Israeli study concludes vaccines have failed to prevent spread of COVID, Iceland: Vaccines Not Enough, as Many as Possible People Need to be Infected for herd immunity].
And even if we believe Yadav’s lie that the vaccines create herd immunity (or any kind of immunity), protection from it is the short term [see Finland study shows vaccines, universal masking, useless against Delta variant, New data shows vaccines useless against COVID in the long-term, COVID Vaccines Efficacy Wanes Thus Public is Encouraged to Get Booster Shots].
We know that Yadav was only doing his job when he said, “focus on vaccination”. But what he really means was: to focus on immunity. And do you know what kind of immunity is most useful for the reopening of our country and the return to normal life? Yes, you guessed it right: natural immunity [read South Africa eases most COVID restrictions, citing high population immunity, Iceland: Vaccines Not Enough, as Many as Possible People Need to be Infected for herd immunity, 99% of Indonesia’s population has COVID antibodies, New Study: Natural Immunity from Prior COVID Infection Among Unvaccinated Individuals Lasted for at least 650 Days, CDC Director Acknowledges Infection-Induced Immunity aka Natural Immunity, Study: Natural immunity still robust and persistent after one and a half year of recovery from COVID infection, New study: T-cells induced by COVID infection can respond to new SARS-CoV-2 variants, Our immune system evolves to fight coronavirus variants, New study found pre-existing SARS-CoV-2 immunity in general population, Researchers find life-long immunity to Spanish flu, can natural immunity to SARS-CoV-2 offer the same?].
If the Philippine government truly wants to end this “pandemic” then it should consider natural immunity. With natural immunity, there is no reason to mandate vaccination. Why aren’t politicians standing up to protect our right to medical freedom?
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