Earlier this year – on March 29, to be exact – Rachel Maddow, the host of a highly rated MSNBC cable nightly program, spent a considerable portion of her show extolling the purported efficacy of the vaccines. Maddow claimed, among other things, that there was evidence that vaccination protected against infection. She then declared that the vaccines were going to end the pandemic by stopping transmission. These are some of the claims she made that night:
“We know that the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person… What this means is that we can get there with vaccines. We can end this thing… A vaccinated person gets exposed to the virus. The virus does not infect them. The virus cannot then use that person to go anywhere else. It cannot use a vaccinated person as a host to get more people.
That means the vaccines will get us to the end of this. If we just go fast enough to get the whole population vaccinated. It`s huge news!”
Maddow’s claims were seconded by her guest on the show Rochelle Walensky. Dr Walensky, as you may know, is the director of the CDC and considered one of the nation’s top experts on infectious diseases. This is what Dr Walensky told Maddow that day:
“[W]e can kind of almost see the end. We`re vaccinating so very fast, our data from the CDC today suggests, you know, that 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.”
At that time, the claims made by Maddow and Walensky were typical of what was being said by mainstream media journalists and public health officials.
There was, however, one problem with those claims. Almost all that was said on Maddow’s show that night regarding the vaccines was inaccurate and wrong. It was not true that the vaccines would protect against infection, stop transmission or end the pandemic. A few months later the truth was impossible to hide.
Fast forward to August 5 of this year. On that day Rochelle Walensky made a startling admission to CNN as she spoke with Wolf Blitzer on his program called The Situation Room. Referring to the vaccines, she said:
“What they can’t do anymore is to prevent transmission.”
This was a stunning confession from a woman who, barely four months before, had advertised the vaccines as the solution to the pandemic.