It’s unclear if natural immunity can stop COVID-19 infection as well as the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Does natural immunity stop COVID-19?
Fauci said on CNN last week that he’s unsure if people who were naturally infected with COVID-19 had a lower risk of contracting the virus compared to those who received the vaccine.
“I don’t have a really firm answer for you on that. That’s something that we’re going to have to discuss regarding the durability of the response,” Fauci said.
Meanwhile, actual science seems fairly firm: Previous Covid Prevents Delta Infection Better Than Pfizer Shot.
People who recovered from a bout of Covid-19 during one of the earlier waves of the pandemic appear to have a lower risk of contracting the delta variant than those who got two doses of the vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE.
The largest real-world analysis comparing natural immunity — gained from an earlier infection — to the protection provided by one of the most potent vaccines currently in use showed that reinfections were much less common. The paper from researchers in Israel contrasts with earlier studies, which showed that immunizations offered better protection than an earlier infection, though those studies were not of the delta variant.
The results are good news for patients who already successfully battled Covid-19, but show the challenge of relying exclusively on immunizations to move past the pandemic. People given both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were almost six-fold more likely to contract a delta infection and seven-fold more likely to have symptomatic disease than those who recovered.
“This analysis demonstrated that natural immunity affords longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization due to the delta variant,” the researchers said.
This will not entirely surprise InstaPundit readers who have been paying attention.
I wouldn’t mind Fauci hedging on this if he didn’t normally pronounce with such confidence on things that support his narrative rather than undercutting it.
Or as America’s Newspaper of Record notes: CDC Says A New COVID Variant May Be Needed To Effectively Bury Afghanistan News.