Go back to December 2020 when the Pfizer jab was being sold to have as much as an 96 percent efficacy rate. Articles about the waning effectiveness of the COVID vaccines are, for Trends Journal readers, hardly “news”; see “CDC’S 3 NEW VAX EFFECTIVENESS STUDIES = BIG LIE” (24 Aug 2021), “VAX EFFECTIVENESS: LIARS LIE, THE NUMBERS DON’T” (12 Oct 2021), and “VACCINES LOSE EFFECTIVENESS, MORE SHOTS NEEDED. HO-HUM.” (3 Aug 2021).
But a new study by the Public Health Institute in Oakland, CA, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco, and the University of Texas Health Science Center, published 4 November in the journal Science and reported the same day in the LA Times, claims to be the most comprehensive comparison yet of the performance of three major COVID vaccines—from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson—in the U.S., from 1 February to 1 October of this year.
The subjects were 780,225 veterans (not quite 669,000 of them male), ethnically diverse, with 48 percent over 65, 29 percent between 50 and 64, and 24 percent under 50. Some 500,000 had been vaccinated, while just under 300,000 had not.
The three vaccines started out providing roughly equal protection, but over 6 months that changed markedly. The Moderna vaccine’s effectiveness fell from 89 percent in March to 58 percent in September. In the same period, the Pfizer vaccine went from 87 percent to 45 percent, and the J&J vaccine fell from 86 percent to 13 percent. The rise of the Delta variant is thought to have been a significant factor, rather than the vaccines’ power simply fading over time.
All three vaccines, however, while losing ability to prevent infections, did maintain the ability to reduce fatalities in vets 65 and older who developed “breakthrough” infections; see “THE VAX NOT WORKING” (27 Jul 2021).
The findings support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations of booster shots for everyone who got the Johnson & Johnson vax, and for those over 65 and/or immuno-compromised (or at high risk because of medical conditions, living conditions or occupation) who had received the Pfizer or Moderna jabs.
The study’s authors believe their findings support the need for mask mandates, even in highly-vaccinated populations.
TREND FORECAST: Anyone who thinks the COVID War is winding down, that vaccines, boosters and masks won’t be deemed necessary (and even mandated) in perpetuity, or that enough progress has been made that herd immunity will soon be achieved – see “NO HERD IMMUNITY FOR THE HERD” (17 Aug 2021)—and this whole dismal episode will be put behind us, is advised to think again!
Nations such as China, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Slovakia to cities like Los Angeles and New York that have imposed continuing COVID War mandates will be hit with declining economic growth at a time when inflation is spiking. With the exception of China and the Democrat cities of America, there will be strong protests against the COVID mandates and Vax Passports. Again, the protests are foundations for strong anti-establishment political movements.