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!
Stew Peters : CDC says the “VACCINATED” are more likely to catch the FAKE new variant of “covid”.
Dr Jordan B Peterson : And the CDC clearly said that the vaccinated were more likely to catch the new variant I read it on their website Screenshotted it And tweeted or Exed it Or whatever the hell we’re doing now
Charlie Kirk : Wait, what?!
According to the CDC’s newly published “Risk Assessment Summary for SARS CoV-2 Sublineage BA.2.86,” the new variant “may be more capable of causing infection in people who have previously had COVID-19 or who have received COVID-19 vaccines.”
So if you’ve received the experimental mRNA injection, the CDC now admits you’re more susceptible to COVID The “experts” failed you. Never again.
Leading Report : BREAKING: CDC has stated that Americans who have received mRNA COVID vaccines are now at a higher risk of infection from new variants of the virus than those who are unvaccinated.
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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:
BA.2.86 may be more capable of causing infection in people who have previously had COVID-19 or who have received COVID-19 vaccines.
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:
Scientists are evaluating the effectiveness of the forthcoming, updated COVID-19 vaccine. CDC’s current assessment is that this updated vaccine will be effective at reducing severe disease and hospitalization.
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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:
Scientists are evaluating how previous immunity from vaccinations or past infections protect against this new variant. Tests of how well antibodies block the virus from infecting cells give us one measure of how well one part of the immune system might handle BA.2.86.
Along with antibodies, other parts of the immune system have important roles in protecting people from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19. These other parts of the immune system have been less affected by viral evolution and are not predicted to have decreased activity against BA.2.86.
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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