Wednesday, May 11, 2022

White House warns of 100 million COVID infections this fall

Just as Americans get used to life without masks, shutdowns and other restrictions, the White House is warning that the fall season in which the midterm elections will take place could see up to 100 million new COVID infections.

In response, according to Biden COVID response coordinator Ashish Jha, the administration is asking Congress to approve another $22.5 billion in emergency aid to pay for a fourth round of shots as well as treatments and tests.

However, as Becker News points out, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has acknowledged that 95% of Americans have protection due to vaccination and natural immunity, and the projection of 100 million is based on a range of models. And as recent history has shown, none of those models may turn out to be close to reality.

In fact, a Johns Hopkins University study published in January found that 99% of unvaccinated people who had COVID infections gained robust natural immunity that did not wane for at least 650 days.