Did the CDC just say that the new BA.2.86 COVID-19 variant is MORE likely to infect vaccinated people, than unvaccinated people?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : CDC Said New Variant More Likely To Infect Vaccinated People!
People are sharing messages and a video clip, claiming or suggesting that the CDC just said that the new BA.2.86 COVID-19 variant is MORE likely to infect vaccinated people, than unvaccinated people!
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Truth : CDC Did NOT Say New Variant More Likely To Infect Vaccinated People!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Video Was Part Of Redacted Livestream
The viral video clip appears to be a modified clip from the Redacted show featuring Clayton Morris and Natali Morris, that was livestreamed on 1 September 2023. Here are other Redacted video clips that I fact checked earlier:
Fact #2 : CDC Did Not Say New Variant More Likely To Infect Vaccinated People
The viral article that the viral messages, and the Redacted video clip, referred to is called “Risk Assessment Summary for SARS CoV-2 Sublineage BA.2.86“, which you can read here.
They are (intentionally?) misinterpreting this single sentence in the article:
If you read the sentence carefully, you will realise that it does not say that the new BA.2.86 variant is more likely to cause infection in vaccinated people, than unvaccinated people. Heck, the word “unvaccinated” isn’t even mentioned once in the entire article!
What the sentence tells us is that the CDC believes it it “possible” that the BA.2.86 variant may be more capable of causing breakthrough infections in both vaccinated people, or (unvaccinated) people who developed natural immunity through a prior COVID-19 infection.
On top of that, they (intentionally?) skipped the following sentences that clearly point out that the CDC believes that the updated COVID-19 vaccine is effective in reducing severe disease and hospitalisation from the new BA.2.86 variant:
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Fact #3 : CDC Article Was Outdated
Interestingly, the CDC article in question was outdated by the time the viral Redacted video aired, and those message went viral in September 2023.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases weekly updates on respiratory illnesses here. The CDC article quoted in the viral messages, and the Redacted video clip, was posted on 23 August 2023, and superseded by an updated article posted on 30 August 2023.
The updated article, which was published before the Redacted video and the viral messages, removed that short sentence to give a clearer, and more nuanced assessment:
This updated explanation naturally “debunks” the claims that the CDC said that vaccinated people are more vulnerable than unvaccinated people to the new BA.2.86 variant.
It is peculiar why anyone would choose to use the outdated CDC article, instead of the updated CDC article with its better explanation of the risks of the new BA.2.86 variant…
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