Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), wrote a letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci demanding answers regarding natural immunity from COVID. The letter was also addressed to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Johnson wrote, “As President Biden revealingly declared, the vaccine mandate ‘is not about freedom or personal choice.’ This administration’s decision to disregard the effectiveness of natural immunity and demand vaccination ignores current data and is an assault on all Americans’ civil liberties.”
Johnson took issue with Fauci’s statement regarding research on natural immunity.
“When asked to comment on the effectiveness of natural immunity against the virus based on recent studies from Israel, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated he did not ‘have a real firm answer’ on that,” the letter said.
The letter added, “Almost 20 months into the pandemic, it is shocking that the chief medical advisor to the president does not have a firm grasp on the effectiveness of natural immunity, but still promotes freedom-robbing vaccine mandates.”
Johnson also talked about how the FDA and CDC have both admitted that they have not studied natural immunity and are pushing vaccination against COVID over any sort of natural immunity. Johnson cited recent studies in Israel that “appear to show that natural immunity may provide similar or even better protection than vaccines in the fight against COVID-19.”
Johnson also referenced a similar study published by the National Institutes of Health from January 2021, conducted by the La Jolla Institute for Immunology “with the headline ‘Lasting immunity found after recovery from COVID-19.’”
He also requested answers to twelve individual questions:
- Approximately 20 months into this pandemic, why have U.S. health agencies not fully studied COVID-19 natural immunity?
- Please explain why Dr. Fauci supports vaccine mandates for all individuals without apparently considering studies that show the effectiveness of natural immunity against the virus.
- Did Dr. Fauci recommend to study the protection offered by natural immunity prior to President Biden’s decision to impose vaccine mandates? If not, why not?
- Did FDA and CDC consider the January 2021 NIH article titled, “Lasting immunity found after recovery from COVID-19,” or other studies on natural immunity, when deciding that individuals, regardless of previous COVID-19 infection, should be vaccinated? If not, why not?
- Does the FDA and CDC agree with the World Health Organization’s statement that “[a]vailable scientific data suggests that in most people immune responses remain robust and protective against reinfection for at least 6-8 months after infection”? If not, why not?
- Is the FDA or CDC aware of any adverse events in previously infected individuals that have been vaccinated? Please provide a complete list of these adverse events.
- How many Americans received a vaccination after having COVID-19? If this data is unavailable, please explain why.
- Provide the current estimated total number of infections of COVID-19 in the U.S.
- Do the FDA and CDC dispute the findings of the two Israeli studies cited in this letter? If so, please provide the data that contradict these studies.
- Provide the estimated number of breakthrough infections in vaccinated persons versus reinfections in previously infected persons.
- Please explain why “antibody testing is not recommended to determine whether you are immune or protected from COVID-19.”
- Has the FDA or CDC examined the duration of natural immunity compared to vaccine immunity? If not, why not?
Johnson requested a response to his letter by September 29.
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