Arguing for people who choose not to be vaccinated, a Johns Hopkins professor estimates that nearly half the country has natural immunity due to prior infection that protects them from COVID-19.
Dr. Marty Makary, in an interview Tuesday with "The Vince Coglianese Show" on WMAL in Washington, claimed the United States already has achieved the objective of herd immunity, combining the vaccinated with those who have been infected. He estimates 85% of the population is immune to the novel coronavirus.
"Please, ignore the CDC guidance," he said, calling it the slowest "most reactionary CDC in history."
"Live a normal life, unless you are unvaccinated and did not have the infection, in which case you need to be careful," he said in the interview, which was spotlighted by the Daily Caller."We’ve got to start respecting people who choose not to get the vaccine instead of demonizing them," Makary said.
Risch said the FDA is correct that antibodies from infection are not the same as post-vaccination antibodies. But this is irrelevant, he contended.
"These natural antibodies are proof of past infection," said Risch. "Past infection is extremely strong evidence of immunity."