Imagine being “optimistic” about a certain issue while also sensing an “impending doom” about the same thing.
Both of those sentiments have been espoused by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, with the “impending doom” comment coming during a Monday White House COVID-19 press briefing and the “optimistic” comment coming later in the day with host Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.
The “optimistic” comment came during a segment in which Walensky said something very interesting concerning a recent CDC study on the efficacy of the COVID vaccine.
“Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick,” Walensky told Maddow, “and that it's not just in the clinical trials, but it's also in real-world data.”
The CDC report Walensky spoke of was released on Monday and reported the following:
Prospective cohorts of 3,950 health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers completed weekly SARS-CoV-2 testing for 13 consecutive weeks. Under real-world conditions, mRNA vaccine effectiveness of full immunization (≥14 days after second dose) was 90% against SARS-CoV-2 infections regardless of symptom status; vaccine effectiveness of partial immunization (≥14 days after first dose but before second dose) was 80%.
So then why are people who are vaccinated still advised to continue pandemic safety measures, like masking and social distancing?
Back in February, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor Dr. Marty Makary wrote about the downturn in cases in the Wall Street Journal and said something that now seemingly expands on even the 80 percent low-end percentage of effectiveness for people with only partial immunization.
“Amid the dire Covid warnings, one crucial fact has been largely ignored: Cases are down 77% over the past six weeks,” Makary wrote. “If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it a miracle pill.”
So if you compound the 77 percent downturn in cases, combined with the effectiveness of the vaccine that the CDC reported, where does the “impending doom” part come in?
Maddow asked Walensky about her “impending doom” comment.
“What is the doom that you sense might be impending?” Maddow asked.
Walensky began her answer by talking of the “optimism” she sees based on the numbers the CDC is reporting in terms of vaccinations, including a comment stating that “we can kind of almost see the end [of the pandmeic],” but immediately pivoted to her worries and actually answered Maddow’s question.
On the other side, I’m watching the cases tick up. I’m watching us have increased numbers of hyper-transmissible variants. I’m watching our travel numbers tick up. And the sense is I’ve seen what it looks like to anticipate the oncoming surge, and what I would really hate to have happen is to have another oncoming surge just as we’re reaching towards getting so many more people vaccinated.
Maybe intimating that people traveling is a bad thing when referencing “impending doom” is what government entities will use to require people to have passports to go pretty much anywhere.
These medical “experts,” like Dr. Anthony Fauci, like to play both sides of the fence and hedge their bets so that when one of those outcomes comes to fruition they can use those comments to justify whatever other draconian measure they want to put people through.
Who knows? I’m no “expert.”
To view the segment in question, watch below:
H/T: Business Insider