While a federal appeals court issued a temporary stay on President Biden’s controversial vaccine mandate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admitted last week that it lacks evidence of recovered COVID patients spreading the virus. Elizabeth Brehm, a New York Attorney, filed a Freedom of Information Act in early September. In response to Brehm’s request, a letter from the CDC admitted it had no such records that showed any single “documented case of an individual who (1) never received a COVID-19 vaccine; (2) was infected with COVID-19 once, recovered, and then later became infected again; and (3) transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to another person when reinfected.”
Shocking? Of course not. While vaccination has been shown to reduce the severity of COVID symptoms and risk of hospitalization, it is not as effective at preventing transmission with the Delta variant as first believed. A press release from the CDC in July revealed also that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals carry similar viral loads with the Delta variant, rendering them equally capable of spreading the virus while infected. This finding, along with the CDC’s admission this month that it does not possess evidence of recovered unvaccinated individuals spreading the virus likely provides another reason for hesitation among unvaccinated individuals considering the jab.
If immunity is considered an important key in ending the pandemic, then the CDC’s admission fails to provide needed justification to the Biden administration in enforcing an unlawful vaccine mandate.