Nebraska Medicine Declares Natural Immunity Inferior to Vaccine—But What’s Their Evidence?

Stanford-led Study Demonstrates COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients Produce Self-Attacking Antibodies—Make a Case for Vaccination

Nebraska Medicine, a large health network associated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, recently shared an article on their website. They claim that vaccine-induced immunity is superior to natural immunity, basing their conclusion on one set of data with a small sample size. For some reason, the writers of the article downplayed a prominent Israeli study suggesting natural immunity is superior. The Midwestern group declared that in that Israel-based study, led by Maccabi Health System, a leading HMO, the retrospective study design could not factor away survivorship bias and selection bias. 

Nebraska Medicine bases its conclusion on one CDC-sponsored study finding that 36% of COVID-19 cases do not result in any SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The study suggests that the different tiers of severity levels may be associated with varying levels of antibodies. While the Israeli study involved hundreds of thousands of people, the CDC-based study included 72 people and 144 plasma samples collected at enrollment and follow-up visits for antibodies specific for the COVID-19 spike protein. They found that 36% of the cohort were “nonresponses.” Weimin Liu, a University ...

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