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Emails reveal Biden administration knew that vaccines had breakthrough infections as early as January 2021, but imposed mandates anyway
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Emails reveal Biden administration knew that vaccines had breakthrough infections as early as January 2021, but imposed mandates anyway

New emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request have revealed that elements of the Biden administration knew as early as January 2021 — one month after the Food and Drug Administration first granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines — that there were "breakthrough" infections despite COVID-19 vaccination.

Despite this knowledge that the COVID-19 vaccines were no guarantee against transmission or infection, President Joe Biden issued an executive order in September 2021 requiring millions of federal workers to be vaccinated by Nov. 22, 2021, and called on the private sector to "do more to encourage vaccination as well," stating, "We know these requirements work."

The Washington Examiner underscored that the Biden administration's coercive measures, which got thousands of people fired from their jobs, were "all based on a lie."

Rochelle Walensky, Biden's outgoing director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, appears to have written in a Jan. 30, 2021, email with the subject heading, "Vaccine breakthroughs," that she had a call with then-National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins "and one of the issues we discussed was that of vaccine breakthroughs. ... This is clearly and [sic] important area of study and was specifically called out this week."

Walensky referenced a scientific article in her email that had been published just days earlier in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which indicated mutations in the virus had been found to "reduce the efficiency with which mRNA vaccine-induced antibodies neutralize test viruses in the laboratory" and delineated steps for tackling cases of vaccinated individuals "admitted to the hospital with COVID-19."

Walensky, who ultimately caught COVID-19 on multiple occasions herself despite being fully vaccinated, also indicated in her email that Collins had been discussing breakthrough cases with former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci.

This email was addressed to the following CDC personnel: Daniel Jernigan, then-director of the influenza division; Nancy Messonnier, then-director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; Henry Walke, director of the division of preparedness and emerging infections; and then-principal deputy director of the CDC Anne Schuchat.

While Walensky was privately discussing breakthrough cases and referencing studies noting the prospect of the vaccines' waning efficacy, she stated on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" in March 2021, "Vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick, and that it's not just in the clinical trials but it's also in real-world data."

On April 1, a CDC spokesman walked back Walensky's statement, telling the New York Times that she "spoke broadly during this interview," adding, "It’s possible that some people who are fully vaccinated could get Covid-19. The evidence isn’t clear whether they can spread the virus to others. We are continuing to evaluate the evidence."

Walensky, who discounted warnings from an agency advisory panel about booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine and recommended them anyway, told a Senate panel on May 19, 2021, that vaccinated people who got infected "can't give it to anyone else," reported the Epoch Times.

Biden said in October 2021, "We’re requiring active duty military to be vaccinated. We’re making sure healthcare workers are vaccinated, because if you seek care at a healthcare facility, you should have the certainty that the ... people providing that care are protected from COVID and cannot spread it to you."

The Democratic president said in a Dec. 14 WHIO-TV interview that "this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated," suggesting that by getting vaccinated, people wouldn't spread the disease to anyone else.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford School of Medicine professor and Great Barrington Declaration proponent, called "stunning" the revelation about the disconnect between what the Biden administration knew and the sense it had publicly conveyed.

It is unclear how much earlier the Biden administration knew that the COVID vaccine did not fully prevent transmission or infection.

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Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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