McCaughey: New vax science shows mandates unwise

Boston Herald

FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. Millions of U.S. workers now have a Jan. 4 deadline to get a COVID vaccine. The federal government on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 announced new vaccine requirements for workers at companies with more than 100 employees as well as workers at health care facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients.. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The findings prove the foolishness of forcing police and other public employees to get jabbed or lose their pay. And President Joe Biden should retract his order to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to compel large employers to mandate vaccines. The journal reported Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines have «minimal» impact on preventing transmission of the delta strain. Delta is the COVID strain currently causing over 99% of U. Vaccines protect the people getting the shots from serious illness, but they don’t stop the delta variant from spreading to others.

Now that the battle is against the delta variant, they’ve become disease-tamers rather than infection preventers. Just as politicians don’t read the bills before voting on them, they don’t keep up with science but still want to tell the rest of us what to do. The groundbreaking findings in Lancet show that fully vaccinated people who came down with COVID infected others in their household at the same rate as unvaccinated people did . That conflicts with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showing the vaccinated are far less likely to contract COVID.

The Biden administration expects to publish the rules in the Federal Register in the coming days, affecting about two-thirds of the private sector workforce. Yet the new science undercuts OSHA’s claim that unvaccinated people are a workplace hazard. Lancet Infectious Diseases stressed the urgency of improving current vaccines or developing new ones to actually «protect against asymptomatic infections and onward transmission». Foolishly, the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress vilify the vaccine developer Moderna for making a profit and threaten to seize its patents.

It’s possible COVID will continue morphing into new variants, requiring new vaccines from companies like Moderna.

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Source: Betsy McCaughey | Boston Herald

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