by Jack Phillips
Zhang contributed to this report.
July 13, 2022
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
at a Senate Health, Education, and Labor
and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington
Sept. 23, 2020.
(Graeme Jennings/Pool/Getty Images)
White House COVID-19 adviser
Anthony Fauci conceded
Wednesday morning that
COVID-19 vaccines don't protect
"overly well" against the virus.
Speaking during a
Fox News interview, Fauci told host
Neil Cavuto that,
"one of the things
that's clear from the data [is] that... vaccines - because of
the high degree of transmissibility of this virus - don't
protect overly well, as it were, against infection."
But Fauci said later that
"protect quite well
against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death"
before he made note of his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.
"At my age, being vaccinated and boosted, even though it didn't
protect me against infection, I feel confident that it made a
major role in protecting me from progressing to severe disease,"
said Fauci, who is 81 and has worked in various capacities in
the federal government since the late 1960s.
He's also headed the
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since the
Fauci then said it's because of the vaccination that it is,
"very likely why I
had a relatively mild course."
The official's comments come just days after a
bombshell study revealed that
natural immunity, or the immunity conferred via a previous
protection against the virus when compared with vaccines...
Researchers in Qatar said
that individuals who survived a COVID-19 infection and weren't
vaccinated had very high protection against severe or fatal
primary infection against severe, critical, or fatal COVID-19
reinfection was 97.3 percent... irrespective of the variant of
primary infection or reinfection, and with no evidence for
Similar results were
found in sub-group analyses for those ≥50 years of age," Dr.
Laith Abu-Raddad of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar wrote.
But the researchers noted
that both natural and artificial immunity conferred via vaccines
waned over time.
People who were
previously infected with COVID-19 and were not vaccinated had half
the risks of reinfection as compared to those that were vaccinated
with two doses but not infected.
During an interview with the
Washington Post this week,
Fauci 'suggested' that Americans aged 5 to 50 should be allowed
to get a second booster shot.
The federal government, he argued,
"need[s] to allow
people who are under 50 to get their second booster shot, since
it may have been months since many of them got their first
"If I got my third shot [in 2021], it is very likely the
immunity is waning," Fauci