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The Lancet Publishes Medical Prof’s Warning That Natural Immunity Has Made Vaccine Mandates Irrelevant

Kyle Becker
February 15, 2022

A highly acclaimed professor of medicine at the University of Leeds is touting that recent findings on Covid natural immunity have made the vaccine mandates irrelevant. Furthermore, the mandates are unnecessarily exacerbating labor shortages in the medical field, which is harming patient care.

The Lancet letter is attributed to Dr. Dennis G. McGonagle, who is a professor at the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds.

According to his university biography, McGonagle is “PhD trained in medicine at University College Dublin and graduated in 1990. He trained in General Medicine and Rheumatology at St James University Teaching Hospital in Dublin and at the Leeds General Infirmary UK.  He is currently Professor of Investigative Rheumatology at the NIHR funded Academic Unit for the Musculoskeletal Diseases and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.” He has also received “First class honours in medicine.”

Dr. McConagle laid out the recent findings on natural immunity and how they stack up with vaccinated immunity.

“First, it is well established that for single stranded RNA viruses such as influenza, natural immunity after recovery from infection provides better protection than vaccination, which needs to be undertaken annually because of waning vaccine immunity,” the letter reads. “The same has been shown for SARS-CoV-2; in one study, individuals exposed to natural infection were ten-times less likely to be reinfected compared with vaccinated individuals without natural infection (adjusted hazard ratio 0·02, 95% CI 0·01–0·04 for previous infection vs 0·26, 0·24–0·28 for vaccination). Individuals exposed to natural infection were also less likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19.”

Johns Hopkins university in January dropped a quiet bombshell about natural immunity that went widely ignored in the mainstream media. Dr. Marty Makary, spearheading a team at Johns Hopkins to do the work the CDC and NIH refused to do, showed that 99% of unvaccinated people known to have Covid infections had robust “natural immunity” that did not diminish for at least 650 days. The letter continues.

“Second, before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a well-established principle that although systemic vaccination against viral respiratory tract pathogens protects vaccinees against serious infection, these individuals can still transmit virus to non-vaccinated individuals because of a lack of mucosal immunity,” he continued. “Therefore, individuals with immunity resulting from natural infection are probably less likely to transmit the infection to vulnerable patients (who should themselves be vaccinated) compared with those who are vaccinated but not naturally immune. Long-term immunity in the upper airway cannot be directly measured, and serum antibody levels are not a surrogate for mucosal immunity.”

As reported at Becker News earlier, medical experts have revealed that vaccines not only don’t stop the spread, they cannot stop the spread.

“Vaccines that are injected into the muscle – i.e., the interior of the body – will only induce IgG and circulating IgA, not secretory IgA. Such antibodies cannot and will not effectively protect the mucous membranes from infection by SARS-CoV-2,” the authors Dr. Bhakdi and Dr. Arne Burkhardt conclude. “Thus, the currently observed ‘breakthrough infections’ among vaccinated individuals merely confirm the fundamental design flaws of the vaccines.”

Dr. McGonagle continued listing the reasons why vaccinate mandates are irrelevant in light of the prevalence of natural immunity.

“Third, numerous studies have shown that vaccination in individuals with previous natural SARS-CoV-2 infection induces so-called super-immunity (or hybrid immunity)—ie, higher antibody and T-cell responses compared with vaccination alone,” the letter notes. “This concept is often evoked in favour of vaccination, but this super-immune state has no proven long-term clinical correlates, and an increasing number of studies show marginal, if any, additional benefits of vaccination in individuals with natural immunity.”

“Attributing higher serum antibody responses in vaccinated individuals to superiority over natural infection is erroneous, as considerable time might have elapsed since the natural infection with the expected waning of antibody levels,” he continues.

The professor then highlighted that nations have begun to concede these medical facts, while noting that the vaccine mandates seem to be exacerbating labor shortages.

“In some countries, including Germany, the voices of immunologists around the equivalence of natural immunity to vaccination are at least partly heard, since health-care workers who have recovered from natural SARS-CoV-2 infection are exempt from mandated vaccination for 90 days,” he added. “However, based on the history of viral pneumonia and natural immunity, the scientific basis of this time frame is unclear—arguably it should be indefinite.”

“There is an ongoing shortage of health-care workers in England, which a vaccine mandate would probably exacerbate; indeed, this seems to be the primary factor in the UK government’s reconsideration of the policy,” he added. “A strong component of averting a further crisis in health-care personnel should include making politicians aware of the power of natural immunity in individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.”

Interestingly, the professor has declared previous grants from Pfizer and Janssen.

“I declare grants from Pfizer and Janssen, outside the submitted work,” Dr. McGonagle adds.

A medical expert with integrity? That seems to be all-too-rare nowadays.

Natural Covid Immunity Discovered in Unvaccinated Adults up to 20 Months after Infection

ARJUN WALIA
FEBRUARY 11th, 2022

A new JAMA study published on Feb 3, 2022 titled “Prevalence and Durability of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Among Unvaccinated US Adults by History of COVID-19” has found evidence of natural immunity to COVID in unvaccinated healthy US adults up to 20 months after confirmed COVID-19 infection. It will be interesting to see studies examining natural immunity years down the road to see if it lasts beyond this point.

One of the authors, Dr. Marty Makary from Johns Hopkins, recently tweeted the following.

Yes, science regarding natural immunity throughout this entire pandemic has been ignored and not included in health policy. It’s even been censored. I recently published an article about a paper published by nine academics from various institutions explaining how government health authorities, legacy media and politicians have completely misled the public when it comes to the science of COVID. This includes natural immunity.

This particular study regarding natural immunity found evidence of natural immunity in unvaccinated healthy US adults up to 20 months after confirmed COVID-19 infection.

The authors used three equal sized sample groups. Including a group who reported a test-confirmed COVID-19 infection (“COVID-confirmed”), a group that believed they had COVID-19 but were never tested (“COVID-unconfirmed”), and a group that did not believe they ever had COVID-19 and never tested positive (“no-COVID”).

These groups were invited to undergo antibody testing at LabCorp facilities nationwide.

Among 295 reported COVID-confirmed participated, 293 of them (99%) tested positive for antibodies up to 20 months after a reported COVID diagnosis. Among 275 reported COVID-unconfirmed participants, 152 (55%) tested positive for antibodies, and among 246 reported no-COVID cases, 11% of them tested positive for antibodies.

We know that vaccine efficacy wanes between 4-6 months, so to see high levels of antibodies in some people up to 20 months after infection is quite encouraging.

Another recent paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine had similar results. According to their research, the effectiveness of a prior COVID infection in preventing reinfection is, for Alpha: 90.2% Beta: 85.7% Delta: 92.0% Omicron: 56.0%.

Natural infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2) elicits strong protection against reinfection with the B.1.1.7 (alpha), 1,2 B.1.351 (beta(,1 and B.1.617.2 (delta) 3 variants.

I emailed one of the authors, Dr. Laith Jamal Abu Raddad with a question regarding the duration of the immunity. He responded,

Hello Arjun,

Thank you for your interest in our study. We have been following people for >18 months, and so far natural immunity remains strong with little waning, apart from the drop in protection against Omicron. Our studies continue for us to see how long this will last. My guess natural immunity protection will wane against infection over-time, but slowly over few years. However, natural immunity against severe COVID-19 will last substantially longer, perhaps even for a lifetime (as we see for other common cold coronaviruses.)

There are now well over 130 studies (including a recent CDC study) attesting to the power of natural immunity, which goes far beyond just antibodies. Natural immunity provides a robust level of protection, and even those who do not test positive for COVID antibodies can still have protection. The absence of specific antibodies does not mean an absence of immune memory. We cannot forget the contribution of B cells and T cells to immunity to SARS-CoV-2.

CDC Admits Natural Immunity Trumps Vaccine Immunity — 5 Months After Touting Vaccines as Superior

David Charbonneau, Ph.D.
February 2nd, 2022

A Jan. 19 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed natural immunity against COVID was at least three times as effective as vaccination alone at preventing people from becoming infected with the Delta variant.

Overall, the study showed natural immunity outperformed vaccine immunity when it came to preventing infection and hospitalization from Delta.

The results contradicted a previous CDC study, published in August 2021, which concluded vaccination was better than natural immunity. The CDC issued a media statement about the August study, which was widely covered by mainstream press.

When a much larger Israeli study was published two weeks later, finding the opposite, the CDC did not offer any comment or analysis on the new data.

“The CDC is now finally revising its position five months later,” said Dr. Madhava Setty, senior science editor for The Defender. “This is a major problem with the CDC and its data. They have been opaque and late to the game from the beginning.”

Are vaccines interfering with natural immunity?

The latest CDC study examined four categories of people in California and New York between May and November 2021: unvaccinated and vaccinated who survived a previous COVID infection, and unvaccinated and vaccinated who had never been infected.

While the highest case rates were among those who had neither previous exposure nor vaccination, the outcomes with Delta for those who were unvaccinated but previously exposed were substantially better than for those whose immunity came from vaccination alone.

Unvaccinated, recovered individuals had infection rates 14.7 (N.Y.) to 29 (Calif.) times lower than those who had no immunity, while the vaccinated who had no prior COVID exposure had rates 4.5 (N.Y.) to 6.2 (Calif.) lower than those without any immunity.

The results were similar for hospitalization: Those with natural immunity were 2- 6 times less likely to be hospitalized than those with vaccinated immunity alone.

Additionally, the week-by-week hospitalization risk data often showed natural immunity registering lower risk rates than even hybrid immunity (vaccination plus prior recovery from COVID).

During the last three months of the study (Sept. 4 to Nov. 13), the hazard rate of hospitalization for those with natural immunity was typically 20 or more points lower than the hazard rates for those with hybrid immunity.

The report did not offer cumulative, comparative data on hospitalization rates.

“This is potentially a concerning finding in that it suggests the vaccine could be interfering with natural immunity,” Setty said.

Summarizing the data, the CDC made reference to the now well-documented decline of vaccinated immunity during Delta:

“Case rates were initially lowest among vaccinated persons without a previous COVID-19 diagnosis; however, after emergence of the Delta variant and over the course of time, incidence increased sharply in this group [those with vaccinated immunity], but only slightly among both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons with previously diagnosed COVID-19.”

The CDC cautioned the data in question measured results only against the Delta variant and Omicron may present new challenges that could alter the comparison of natural immunity to vaccination.

The authors also emphasized that data clearly indicated the unvaccinated without prior exposure had the highest infection and hospitalization rates.

 Why aren’t we doing ‘gold standard’ testing on natural immunity?

Analyzing the data on his YouTube channel, Dr. Vinay Prasad, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California — San Francisco said:

‘This finally confirms something that a lot of people have known to be true and is supported by Israeli data — but there’s been a lot of fragmentary data on this question — which is: If you have had COVID-19 and recovered, your probability of catching the virus again and getting so sick you require hospitalization is very, very, very low.

“Biden administration officials and some public health experts, including CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, have repeatedly dismissed the value of natural immunity against COVID-19.”

In fact, the more recent study of people in New York and California is only the latest to indicate that recovery from prior infection can at least rival, if not surpass, immunity provided by vaccination alone.

In December, a South African study found Omicron provided robust immunity against both reinfection and exposure to the Delta strain, and last fall a major study found natural COVID immunity provided 6-13 times better defense against Delta than the Pfizer vaccine.

Summing up his analysis, Prasad praised the CDC study for looking at “clinically relevant endpoints,” but added:

 “What would be even better, would be to run randomized control trials in every single one of these groups randomized to different doses and different strategies of vaccination … to have enough power in these randomized control trials to see interaction by age or comorbidity.

 “That would be the gold standard, and, in fact, companies have a lot of money and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] could have compelled them to do that, but instead we have a very low regulatory standard which is something I have quite a problem with.”

The Latest Research Puts the Final Nail in the Coffin for Deniers of ‘Natural Immunity’ to Covid

Kyle Becker
December 27th, 2021

It is one of the great mysteries of the pandemic: Why have mainstream journalists, public health officials, and America’s elected leaders ignored “natural immunity” to Covid from prior infections?

The incessant agenda to get everyone ‘vaccinated’ — despite the now undeniable body of evidence the mRNA shots do nothing to stop the spread of the virus — has defied basic scientific reasoning. Even if the mRNA shots appear to lower mortality rates for those who are at risk, prior infections provide equal or even superior protection due to their spurring of antibodies. After all, this is what the mRNA shots are meant to accomplish in the first place.

Research in the past has established that natural immunity is a real thing and actually works. A famous, widely cited Israeli study that showed “natural immunity confers longer-lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization” was recently replicated in an independent study. Nonetheless, there has been a stubborn refusal by the part of the media to acknowledge natural immunity exists, and the overwhelming majority of Democrat voters do not believe that it works against Covid.

Enter a new study on natural immunity published in the European Journal of Immunology. The cutting-edge research shows that not only is natural immunity effective, it is superior to vaccinated immunity because it is much longer-lasting.

“Most subjects develop antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 following infection,” the study states. “In order to estimate the duration of immunity induced by SARS-CoV-2 it is important to understand for how long antibodies persist after infection in humans… We found that NAb  [natural antibodies] against the WT virus [B-lineage variants] persisted in 89% and S-IgG in 97% of subjects for at least 13 months after infection.”

Eat your heart out, Big Pharma. Nature’s immunization system beats your leaky, ineffective products any day of the week. Let’s dig a little deeper and examine the results:

The study’s results show the overwhelming majority of subjects received natural immunity from prior infection, regardless of whether the case was ‘severe’ or ‘mild.’ The researchers also sought to assess if natural immunity to certain variants of concern can be expected to protect against future variants.

Previous infection with SARS-CoV-2 has shown to induce effective immunity and protection against reinfections in most individuals,” the study says. “In animal studies, a protective antibody titer against SARS-CoV-2 infection has been suggested to be low. Higher IgG antibody levels against SARS-CoV-2 among healthcare workers within three months after vaccination were found to be associated with lower infectivity. However, a protective threshold for humans is still under debate and subject to the standardization of serological methods. The accumulating research data on the persistence of antibodies after natural infection, and NAbs in particular, will provide important insight into estimating for how long antibodies induced by Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination can be expected to persist and provide protection against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants.”

It is important to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention refuses to accept the presence of antibodies as a demonstration of natural immunity to Covid-19. The CDC insists on every eligible person getting vaccinated, regardless of prior infection.

  • Antibody testing is not currently recommended to assess for immunity to SARS-CoV-2 following COVID-19 vaccination, to assess the need for vaccination in an unvaccinated person, or to determine the need to quarantine after a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Some antibody tests will not detect the antibodies generated by COVID-19 vaccines. Because these vaccines induce antibodies to specific viral protein targets, post-vaccination antibody test results will be negative in persons without history of previous infection, if the test used does not detect antibodies induced by the vaccine.
  • All eligible people should be vaccinated, including unvaccinated people who have previously been infected and have detectable antibodies.
  • Unvaccinated persons, including those who have previously tested antibody positive, should follow current recommendations to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection.

There is no credible scientific reasoning provided — only a vague appeal that it is hard to test for the specific antibodies provided by the “vaccines.” Needless to say, this is not a valid argument.

Additionally, the CDC itself claims that there have been 146.6 million prior infections in the United States (as of October 2). Based on its calculation and the current reported 52 million “cases,” this would put prior infections and natural immunity at around 200 million people.

The Mayo Clinic once considered 200 million Americans with vaccinated or natural immunity to be sufficient to claim “herd immunity.” Obviously, the “experts” (who have been wrong in countless ways) continue to move the goalposts to further the total-vaccination/zero-Covid agenda at all costs.

The European Journal of Immunology nonetheless demonstrates that natural immunity from prior infection is both durable and longer-lasting than vaccinated immunity, although elderly patients may benefit less from this form of immunity.

“Previous studies have indicated that the presence of antibodiesto SARS-CoV-2 was associated with a significantly reduced risk of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection among healthcare workers for upto 7 months after infection,” the study points out. “We observed that S-IgG antibodies [one of three types tested in the study] and NAbs [natural antibodies] persist at least a year after infection in most individuals. This strongly suggests that protection against reinfection is long-lived, although antibody-mediated immunity may not persist equally well among elderly subjects.”

“The results of our study support previous findings indicating that protection against infection mediated by NAbs may be impaired against the VOCs [variants of concern], especially after a mild disease,” the study’s authors continue. “While in the absence of NAbs reinfection is possible, cellular immunity is not similarly affected by mutations in the RBD site [receptor-binding domain on the virus] and is likely to provide long-term protection against severe disease.”

It should be noted that these aren’t some rogue scientists who happened to get a journal article smuggled through peer-review: The nine authors include members of the Department of Health Security and Department of Public Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland.

As a sidenote, RBD mutation [D614G S trimer mutation] is one key characteristic of the Omicron variant. Furthermore, South Africa data suggest that prior infection to the Delta variant confers natural immunity to the Omicron variant.

But the final nail in the coffin for the media’s natural immunity deniers is a recent study that was conducted on children.

study published just days ago in nature immunology shows that children have an even more robust natural immunity response than adults.

“SARS-CoV-2 infection is generally mild or asymptomatic in children but a biological basis for this outcome is unclear,” the study’s authors state in the abstract. “Here we compare antibody and cellular immunity in children (aged 3–11 years) and adults. Antibody responses against spike protein were high in children and seroconversion boosted responses against seasonal Beta-coronaviruses through cross-recognition of the S2 domain. Neutralization of viral variants was comparable between children and adults.”

However, the children had a much stronger T cell response than adults, meaning a heightened ability for their bodies to recognize the virus. Furthermore, their natural immune response lasted longer.

“Spike-specific T cell responses were more than twice as high in children and were also detected in many seronegative children, indicating pre-existing cross-reactive responses to seasonal coronaviruses,” the study states. “Importantly, children retained antibody and cellular responses 6 months after infection, whereas relative waning occurred in adults. Spike-specific responses were also broadly stable beyond 12 months.”

“Therefore, children generate robust, cross-reactive and sustained immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 with focused specificity for the spike protein,” the study notes. “These findings provide insight into the relative clinical protection that occurs in most children and might help to guide the design of pediatric vaccination regimens.”

The children also demonstrated strong humoral immunity (B-cell immunity), while most but not all adults demonstrated this type of adaptive immunity.

“We next assessed the longevity of immune responses within a subgroup of 35 children and 81 adults who had seroconverted at least 6 months before the analysis,” the study says. “All children retained humoral immunity while 7% (6/81) of previously seropositive adults failed to show antibody responses. Children also maintained higher antibody titers against spike and RBD, which were 1.8-fold higher than adults.”

Nonetheless, America is one of the few nations in the Western world that continues to treat children as if they are at equal risk to the virus as the at-risk elderly. There are 29 states in the United States that have seen zero Covid-related mortality in children, and the survival rate for healthy children is literally 99.99995%. Even so, America is one of only seven Western countries that insists on masking children in schools, ignoring the dubious efficacy of masks and that there is a mental health crisis being exacerbated by the pandemic response.

America’s “public health” officials thus continue to ignore the Science on vaccines (they do not stop the spread, therefore they are not a “public health” but a personal issue), natural immunity (which is superior to ‘vaccinated immunity’), and the overwhelming evidence of immune resiliency to the virus among children.

One of these days, the people will catch on to the facts of the Covid pandemic. Until then, it is up to us citizens to spread the word.

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