Is the Small Kingdom of Qatar About to Change Global Pandemic Policy?

Remarkably some scientists in Qatar working with counterparts in New York have undertaken a study asking vital questions.

They decided to study only the unvaccinated. Objectively considered, what they discovered should change the exclusively pro-mRNA vaccination policies which currently dominate the entire world. 90% of Qataris are vaccinated, but the authors tracked several hundred thousand unvaccinated individuals and studied how well they were protected from infection, reinfection, and serious Covid illness. The authors began by noting that:

The future of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hinges on virus evolution and duration of immune protection of natural infection against reinfection.”

In other words: How well does natural immunity work? They found:

Effectiveness of primary infection against severe, critical, or fatal COVID-19 reinfection was 97.3% (95% CI: 94.9- 98.6%), irrespective of the variant of primary infection or reinfection, and with no evidence for waning. Similar results were found in subgroup analyses for those 50 years of age.”

The authors concluded that protection at this 97.3% level will last for three years, possibly longer depending on the course of Covid viral evolution. The resounding significance of this is:

Once infected by Covid, if you are unvaccinated, you are very highly protected from serious illness even if reinfected.

Published by markskidmore

Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

One thought on “Is the Small Kingdom of Qatar About to Change Global Pandemic Policy?

  1. Maybe some sanity is appearing – I had CV19 November 2019 – didn’t know what it was except it was a nasty flu
    thing. Used Oil of Oregano and Mucinex. Lasted about 5 days – was very tired for about 3 weeks after symptoms went away. Nothing since. No jabs – ONLY “flu shot” I ever had was in 1976 – Fell for the swine flu nonsense. Was so ill my husband wanted to put me in the hospital. Think those annual flu shots undermine the general health and the immune system of anyone who gets them.

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