he Food and Drug Administration’s top scientists recently gave a sobering assessment of the Covid-19 pandemic that stands as a stark departure from the hysteria public health experts have promoted for over two years.
The FDA’s Principal Deputy Commissioner Janet Woodcock and top vaccine official Dr. Peter Marks wrote their view that Covid-19 is the “new normal” in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“As the US emerges from the recent Omicron surge of the COVID-19 pandemic following close to a million deaths in the country attributable to COVID-19, many people are hoping that the worst is over,” the FDA scientists wrote. “Widespread vaccine- and infection-induced immunity, combined with the availability of effective therapeutics, could blunt the effects of future outbreaks.”
“Nonetheless, it is time to accept that the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is the new normal,” they added.
“It will likely circulate globally for the foreseeable future, taking its place alongside other common respiratory viruses such as influenza,” they went on. “And it likely will require similar annual consideration for vaccine composition updates in consultation with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC).”
It should be noted that seasonal flu vaccines are recommended for the elderly and at-risk; they have never been mandated in the United States despite their widespread introduction in the early 1980s. Nor have masks been a part of any influenza strategy prior to the emergence of Covid-19.
The Office for National Statistics (U.K.) show decisively in February that Covid-19 was not more dangerous for young people and children than the seasonal flu.
A bioethicist at the University of Oxford named Euzebiusz Jamrozik remarked on the findings, which were demonstrated by a chart of the data. It shows that Covid-19 was about equivalently dangerous for young people as the seasonal flu but progressively became less dangerous as more variants emerged.
While Covid cases have spiked in many parts of the country, it has not been accompanied by an increase in hospitalizations or deaths.
In late March, the CDC Director Rochelle Walensky admitted that 95% of Americans have some form of protection against Covid.
“So, let’s just talk about where we are with the variant,” Walensky said. “This is the most recent variant that causes up to a million cases in the middle of January, every single day. What we know specifically about this Omicron variant, in contrast to what we saw with both Delta and Alpha, is this more transmissible.”
“But we also know that it tends to cause less severe disease correcting for comorbidities, correcting for vaccine status and booster status,” she said. “We have seen that Omicron specifically causes less severe disease, less hospitalizations, less ICU stays and less death correcting for all of those things. So that is true of Omicron. Specifically.”
She did not mention that natural immunity is a massive factor in the risk calculus for patients, a fact that the CDC’s data showed in January. But she did acknowledge that in part because of prior infections, 95% of Americans have at least “some” protection against Covid.
“We also know that in this country because of vaccines because of boosters and because of protection from prior disease, infection-induced immunity (natural immunity) that about 95% of people in this cou…