Scientists Tout New “Super-Immunity” to Covid-19

We know that vaccinated adults are extremely unlikely to die from the Chinese virus that causes Covid-19. But now we are learning that there exists in the population people who possess an astounding super-immunity to SARS CoV-2.

So who is capable of mounting this “superhuman” or “hybrid” immune response?

People who have had a “hybrid” exposure to the virus. Specifically, they were infected with the coronavirus in 2020 and then immunized with mRNA vaccines this year. “Those people have amazing responses to the vaccine,” says virologist Theodora Hatziioannou at Rockefeller University, who also helped lead several of the studies. “I think they are in the best position to fight the virus. The antibodies in these people’s blood can even neutralize SARS-CoV-1, the first coronavirus, which emerged 20 years ago. That virus is very, very different from SARS-CoV-2.”

In fact, these antibodies were even able to deactivate a virus engineered, on purpose, to be highly resistant to neutralization. This virus contained 20 mutations that are known to prevent SARS-CoV-2 antibodies from binding to it. Antibodies from people who were only vaccinated or who only had prior coronavirus infections were essentially useless against this mutant virus. But antibodies in people with the “hybrid immunity” could neutralize it.

These findings show how powerful the mRNA vaccines can be in people with prior exposure to SARS-CoV-2, she says. “There’s a lot of research now focused on finding a pan-coronavirus vaccine that would protect against all future variants. Our findings tell you that we already have it.

“But there’s a catch, right?” she adds: You first need to be sick with COVID-19. “After natural infections, the antibodies seem to evolve and become not only more potent but also broader. They become more resistant to mutations within the [virus].”

Super-Human Immunity to COVID

This Chinese virus was certainly engineered in a lab in Wuhan, perhaps with the assistance of funding from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s US government agency. But that is water under the bridge.

Vaccines appear to be helping, in spite of all of the sniping from the sidelines. And if you can become super-immune after recovery from Covid infection by also getting vaccinated — well that must appeal to at least a few people.

But that is no reason to mandate vaccines for workers, travelers, or others.

…the fact remains that all three COVID-19 vaccines have yet to obtain full FDA approval. While the evidence gives us every reason to believe that the vaccines will eventually receive full authorization, they are still only available under emergency-use authorization. The distinction may be a technicality, but Americans who want full assurance of the safety and efficacy of vaccines should have it.

That’s not to say that Americans shouldn’t already feel comfortable with the vaccine. Despite the emergency status, overwhelming evidence shows the decision of immunization to be a safe and responsible one. But it is still that: a decision. Many who have yet to get the vaccine are not waiting because they never plan to get it. They are simply wary of the possibly rushed development. While some may disagree with that hesitance, that does not invalidate their right to that choice.

Still a Free Country?

It is virtually certain that some individuals are genetically resistant to getting seriously ill with the Chinese virus that causes Covid. Others less fortunate are genetically more susceptible to a serious Covid illness and death. Scientists have barely scratched the surface in understanding this Wuhan virus. The risk factors that are given — obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, old age, heart disease, lung disease etc. — are pathetically crude and general. They reflect the general ignorance that medical science still has with regard to this Chinese engineered virus. And the Chinese are not being very forthcoming — in fact one of the first things the CPC ordered back in December of 2019 was the destruction of all lab materials and data relating to the development of this virus.

The US CDC has behaved abominably throughout this entire sorry episode:

In summary:

COVID-19 is a highly communicable disease that spreads rapidly, even in communities under lockdown orders.51

It is virtually impossible to eradicate the risk of infection. However, as illustrated in Chart 5, not everyone is at equal risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. Public health officials and news outlets seem to have a significant amount of trouble differentiating between the risk of infection and the risk of serious illness and death—which is predominantly a problem among the unvaccinated, especially the elderly. This failure amongst officials to recognize the value of more targeted public health approaches has needlessly created panic and prolonged the pandemic.

According to CDC estimates, the Delta variant represented more than 80 percent of new U.S. COVID-19 cases at the end of July 2021. Unfortunately, the CDC has done a poor job of using evidence to calm the public’s fears throughout the pandemic, and its latest public health guidelines for the fully vaccinated are no exception to that rule.

CDC Director Walensky announced these new guidelines based on data that allegedly imply that the vaccines offer little protection against the Delta variant. However, the CDC report fails to support this conclusion. In fact, the authors of the CDC report provide an explicit warning: “[D]ata from this report are insufficient to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, including the Delta variant, during this outbreak.”52

Brown et al., “Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections,” p. 3.

Despite the CDC’s misuse of the data in the new report, the overall evidence remains clear: Vaccines for COVID-19 have provided people with significant protection against serious illness or death from the virus, including the Delta variant. Public health guidelines should reflect this reality.

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