WASAHINGTON, D.C. – Despite recent reports indicating that current COVID-19 vaccines do little against the current, highly-transmissible Omicron variant – which is now responsible for the vast majority of new cases in the United States – President Joe Biden nonetheless recently took aim at those who have refused to take the jab as being responsible for the current surge, referring to it on Tuesday as the “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
“We have all the vaccines we need to get every American fully vaccinated including the booster shot. There’s no excuse. No excuse for anyone being unvaccinated. This continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Biden said. “These coming weeks are going to be challenging. Please wear your mask in public to protect yourself and others. We’re going to get through this.”
An additional 885,541 new COVID-19 infections were reported in the U.S. on Tuesday – the second highest daily total on record, following Monday’s numbers.
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A non-peer reviewed study published in October 2021 indicates that currently-available COVID-19 vaccines – even when accompanied by a booster shot – are far less effective against the Omicron variant then they were against Delta.
“In contrast, receipt of 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines was not protective against Omicron,” the study says. “Vaccine effectiveness against Omicron was 37% (95%CI, 19-50%) ≥7 days after receiving an mRNA vaccine for the third dose.”
On his show Tuesday night, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, a frequent critic of both Biden and COVID-19 vaccines in general, launched into the president’s claims that only the unvaccinated have been responsible for spreading Omicron, pointing out that the latest COVID-19 variant appears to be infecting the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike in record numbers by citing non-peer reviewed Dutch study published earlier this month as well as a Canadian study.
“We looked at the science today, and every available piece of it contradicts flatly what you just heard,” he said. “So a recent study from the Netherlands, for example, found that so-called secondary attack rates – that means the spread of COVID within the household – is higher in double vaccinated individuals than in the unvaccinated. That would be a pandemic of the vaccinated, just for the record. It’s not attacking anyone. That’s the science.”
The Fox News host also mentioned a recent Canadian study that ran along the same lines. Highlighted is the section below which points out that VE (vaccine effectiveness) resulted in negative results when compared between vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
“Meanwhile, in Canada, researchers just concluded, quote, ‘We also observed negative vaccine effectiveness against OMICRON amongst those that have received two doses compared to unvaccinated individuals.’ Oh, wait a second. So if you didn’t get the vax you’re less likely to get the new variant of COVID? That’s what the data are telling us,” Carlson said.
Carlson also noted that children have a lower risk of suffering serious effects from a COVID-19 infection, despite Biden’s claims to the contrary.
“But Joe Biden doesn’t want to deal with reality because it wouldn’t give him power over you,” he said.