Republican Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin is collecting information concerning the Biden administration’s vaccine guidance for individuals who have already been infected with COVID-19 and now have some form of immunity.
In a letter written to three top public health officials, Johnson said, “This administration’s decision to disregard the effectiveness of natural immunity and demand vaccination ignores current data and is an assault on all Americans’ civil liberties.”
On Sep. 9 President Joe Biden announced that he would be directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to create an Emergency Temporary Standard that would require all companies that have more than 100 employees to implement a policy that would require employees to either be vaccinated or to be tested weekly for the COVID-19 virus.
Johnson pointed out that Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Biden’s chief medical advisor, was unable to answer questions during a CNN interview about the effectiveness of natural immunity in the wake of Biden’s mandate, saying that he did not have a “firm answer.” Johnson described Fauci’s inability to respond as “shocking.” Fauci is among the recipients of the letter, as was Rochelle Walensky Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Janet Woodcock director of the Food and Drug Administration.
A study conducted in May by researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis found that natural immunity has cells retaining a memory of the virus which allows them to generate antibodies, which may last as long as a year. Some scientists however have cautioned that natural immunity is not as effective against other variants of COVID-19, such as the Delta variant, and still recommend the vaccine.
Dr. Michel Nussenzweig, who conducted a study on the impact of getting a post-infection vaccination said, “People who were infected, and get vaccinated really have a terrific response, a terrific set of antibodies because they continue to evolve their antibodies.”
Johnson said that tested positive for the virus and seven months later he did have antibodies.
“My serology is positive for antibodies against SARS-COV-2 at roughly the same level as an individual that has received the Moderna vaccine,” he wrote.
“The Biden administration’s decision to mandate vaccines for working Americans without recognizing natural immunity and making exceptions for it, is an outrageous trampling of civil liberties,” Johnson said. “I’ve received a growing number of emails and other communications from individuals who are highly concerned about the pressure, coercion, and reprisals they will face if they do not comply with these vaccine mandates. Many of these individuals are first responders and health care professionals already concerned about worker shortages in their industries, and fear mandates will make matters worse.”
“The administration and these federal health agencies owe the American people answers about why they have made the decision to disregard the effectiveness of natural immunity and ignore current data,” he continued.
Thursday, the state of Arizona announced a lawsuit challenging the order.
“Our lawsuit basically says, that even to the executive order, even before OSHA promulgates the rules, they have violated essential constitutional principles because it violates traditional notions of federalism, that is the states were supposed to take care of public safety and welfare, not the federal government,” State Attorney General Mark Brnovich said.