by Bill Sardi, Lew Rockwell:
Herd immunity not allowed
The primary thrust of public health directives has been to keep the population fearful and therefore compliant and vulnerable to infection and in desperate need of a vaccine. In the absence of a vaccine people need to be exposed and infected to activate sufficient antibodies to produce long-term immunity. That is what is called herd immunity.
But by socially distancing and wearing masks, any herd immunity would theoretically be slowed, or delayed indefinitely. Health authorities are talking out of two sides of their mouth. It is possible there will never be a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine. Herd immunity is plan B, but lockdowns and face-masks run counter to the development of herd immunity.
Lockdowns aren’t intended to save lives
Johan Giesecke, professor emeritus at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm says a lockdown only pushes severe cases and deaths into the future, it will not prevent them.
Even should a vaccine be licensed, if a vaccine is to have efficacy (ability to protect against infection and symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, or prevent hospitalization and death) – – at least 70% of a population has to be vaccinated to prevent an emerging epidemic and an 80% immunization rate achieved to extinguish an ongoing epidemic (complete return to normal).
The Food & Drug Administration has set the bar low for licensure of a vaccine. A vaccine will only need to prevent or decrease severity of the COVID-19 coronavirus by at least 50 percent, said the FDA before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. No mention of saving lives.
The chart below displays the (in)effectiveness of flu vaccines over recent years. Efficacy ranges from 10% to 60% depending on the year. Will any COVID-19 vaccine fare better?
But that performance mark should be confined to 70% to 80% of high-risk individuals, not the masses of healthy people.