U.S. Federal Government Doesn’t Possess the Data to Calculate Transmissibility & Thus No Vaccination Target Can Foretell ‘Herd Immunity’

U.S. Federal Government Doesn’t Possess the Data to Calculate Transmissibility & Thus No Vaccination Target Can Foretell ‘Herd Immunity’

Achieving so-called “herd immunity” underpins the major mass vaccination drive, the premier goal of the Joe Biden presidency thus far. Represented by the targeted goal of at least 70% of Americans with at least one jab, is the underlying rationale sound here? But what is herd immunity and, importantly, what is needed for achieving this status? COVID-19 vaccines don’t actually prevent SARS-CoV-2-based infection and moreover don’t stop viral shedding once infected. A 90%+ effective rare for the vaccines means actually that once an individual develops COVID-19, they have more protection, reducing the risks of complications from disease progression such as hyperinflammatory syndrome. While predicting disease necessitates viral infection, that’s not enough as many get infected yet don’t develop the disease. All of this matters for the goal of herd immunity, again the very point of why POTUS seeks a target of 70% of the American population treated to at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines (e.g. Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson and Johnson). 

As shared by TrialSite advisory committee member Dr. Robert Malone, the milestone called herd immunity actually prec...

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