In the interest of maybe saving a few folks some time, the Julius Ruechel article begins to fall apart in its second paragraph:
One of the most common reasons given for mass COVID vaccinations is the idea that if we reach herd immunity through vaccination, we can starve the virus out of existence and get our lives back.
I don’t know who might be spreading that “common reason”, but I doubt it’s anyone who knows even the first few things about how infectious diseases, immunology, vaccines, epidemics, and so forth actually work.
A vaccine, or a highly vaccinated population, is not expected to “starve the virus out of existence”. An effective vaccine is only supposed to “starve the virus into a corner” where it isn’t such a threat to civilization, or your kids, or your old age, or whatever problem the disease presents. COVID is no different, it’s just a plain old deadly virus.
Some vaccines do not require boosters (did I ever get a followup measles shot?). Some require a booster every once in a while (tetanus). Some need an update every year (influenza). Some work better with a series for full immunization (HepB, shingles), while many are one and done. COVID is no different, it’s just a new and unfamiliar vaccine.
As far as I know, none of these familiar and unfamiliar vaccine-preventable diseases has been cured or eliminated by vaccines — but billions of lives have been saved, and decades of public health catastrophe averted through their diligent use:
- Dengue fever
- Haemophilus influenzae type b
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis E
- Human papillomavirus infection
- Japanese encephalitis
- Meningococcal disease
- Pneumococcal disease
- Rotavirus gastroenteritis
- Tick-borne encephalitis
- Typhoid fever
- Yellow fever
Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
Sure, the drug makers will get their vig, but that’s how capitalism works isn’t it?
Hey, why am I here? I thought this forum was about responsible gun ownership, not disease theory and politics…