Lies of omission
Discovery knows all of this
Discovery argues, “There is a huge price to pay in achieving natural immunity”. Sometimes. Some people suffer terribly to recover from Covid. Some don’t even notice they’ve had the virus because their bodies protect them, as they’ve so wonderfully evolved to do.
Moreover, they phrase this as though we have a choice to make: either get the vaccine or get the virus. That may be a binary that turns out to be the case, and we’ll all get one or the other at some point. My objection is that they package this to assume some of us are out here deciding to get Covid in order to get immunity.
A more appropriate couching is to treat natural immunity as something we’ll either have by chance or get by chance. Having already had the virus is a sunk cost. There is no “huge price to pay” in the future. It is done. It happened. We can no longer include that in any calculation. The actuaries at Discovery know this. This type of thinking is their stock in trade.
Next they distort the truth by omission. “Natural immunity has been shown to wane over time and we are not yet sure of how long immunity lasts after COVID-19.” They don’t tell you that vaccine immunity appears to wane faster.
In Waning of BNT162b2 vaccine protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection in Qatar, researchers conclude, “BNT162b2-induced [Pfizer-BioNTech] protection against infection appears to wane rapidly after its peak right after the second dose, but it persists at a robust level against hospitalization and death for at least six months following the second dose.”
Effectiveness against infection “reached its peak at 72.1% (95% CI: 70.9-73.2) in the first five weeks after the second dose. Effectiveness declined gradually thereafter, with the decline accelerating ≥15 weeks after the second dose, reaching diminished levels of protection by the 20th week.”
The firm Adrian Gore founded and runs tacitly lies again in the very next line: “Some people who have recovered from natural infection have also been shown to get the infection again (reinfection).” True. But people also get infected again after the vaccine.
And there is even evidence that in some populations the vaccinated are getting the virus at a higher rate. Look at Public Health England covers vaccine effectiveness comprehensively in their “Covid-10 vaccine surveillance report”.
As per the table below, between ages 40 and 79, a higher proportion of fully vaccinated people (two doses) than unvaccinated people caught the virus during weeks 32 and 35 of 2021.
In the words of Public Health England: “In individuals aged 40 to 79, the rate of a positive COVID-19 test is higher in vaccinated individuals compared to unvaccinated.”
The graphic is even more stunning:
The many intelligent and highly educated people at Discovery know very well how to do all the analysis I have done above. Easily.
Why do they not do it? Why do they persistently present misleading data?