Sen. Roger Marshall has accused the Biden administration of “dishonesty” over protection offered by a previous COVID-19 infection against the further spread of the virus and its variants.
“I think most all the European nations are now taking into account natural immunity,” Marshall, a Kansas Republican and obstetrician, told DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
“What I hear from people back home … one of the big issues to them about the dishonesty coming out of the White House is this issue of natural immunity,” he said. “Why would the White House not acknowledge natural immunity?”
“I think just most Americans know in their heart that natural immunity should have some role, and until the CDC and the White House acknowledges natural immunity, I think we’re stuck. I just don’t see many other people that are not immunized are going to move forward,” Marshall continued.
DailyMail.com reported that as of Monday, 65 percent of Americans over the age of 5 were fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
“I think there’s a wealth of studies out there that show the natural immunity is probably better than the vaccine,” Marshall offered. “Certainly with these variants, I think it’s going to prove true.”
The Kansas Republican went on to say that while vaccines are able to recognize “just a portion of the spike,” natural immunity is able to recognize “the whole virus.”
DailyMail.com reported that a South African study revealed that two doses of the Pfizer vaccine provides 70 percent protection against death or hospitalization from the most recent omicron variant, compared to 93 percent for the delta variant.
But a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October revealed that protection from a vaccine was better than natural immunity from a previous infection, the outlet said.
The study also found that those who are hospitalized with COVID-like symptoms were five times more likely to also test positive for the virus if they were recently infected than if they were recently vaccinated.
The new variant has been detected in 33 states as of this writing but only accounts for around 3 percent of new infections.
“The vaccine is running out of juice after about five to six months your antibody started going down … but that natural immunity with T cells memory cells is going to be certainly better,” Marshall insisted, going on to note that he supported vaccines and COVID boosters but not vaccine mandates.
To that point, an amendment to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act he authored to prevent the military from dishonorably discharging service members who refuse a vaccine was passed as part of the larger bill.
“If you’re not from a military family, I think it’s hard to estimate what a checkmark in your life a dishonorable discharge is,” he said.
“In some states, they treat you like a felon. You lose your rights, your VA benefits, education benefits, access to hospitals, some states you lose your voting rights, you’ll lose certain parts of your Second Amendment, your funeral rights as a veteran,” he added.
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