Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum recently reviewed a CDC report used as one of the sources for the basis of the agency’s new coronavirus guidelines. The report states 9 out of 10 infection cases of Massachusetts residents vacationing in the popular get away of Provincetown, Cape Cod involved the COVID-19 Delta variant and found similar infection rates in vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Consequently, the agency concluded, that vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant can also spread COVID-19.
The essay highlights something Rochelle Walensky has been stressing recently (quoting from Reason):
“COVID-19 vaccines do not provide complete protection against infection, especially when people are exposed to the delta variant, which accounts for the vast majority of recently identified cases in the United States. “
While the CDC’s research also posits that Delta variant-infected vaccinated people may transmit the virus to others, the proof about that assertion is, according to Sullum, inconclusive. All in all he says it looks like Rochelle Walensky has misread the definition of the infection rates in which one would expect the head of the CDC
(who has an extensive scientific career) to know the difference and not make that kind of error.
If you would like to read Sullum’s excellent report you can do so here. In the end, Walensky’s efforts could end up undermining the very vaccines she claims to champion.
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