“I would like to let you know that I have tested positive for #COVID19. I am thankful to have received four doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and I am feeling well while experiencing very mild symptoms. I am isolating and have started a course of Paxlovid.” These were the words of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Aug. 15, 2022 shortly after discovering he had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and developed symptoms of COVID-19.1 2
“I guess you heard, this morning I tested positive for COVID. But I’ve been double vaccinated, double boosted. Symptoms are mild and I really appreciate your inquires and concerns. But I’m doing well, getting a lot of work done. Going to continue to get it done and in the meantime, thanks for your concern and keep the faith. It’s gonna be OK.” These were President Biden’s words on July 21, 2022 soon after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 and showing COVID symptoms.3
President Biden was prescribed Pfizer’s antiviral therapy Paxlovid, which is advertised as reducing the risk of hospitalization and death. After completion of the five-day regimen of Paxlovid, he tested positive again for SARS-CoV-2 several times and experienced a recurrence of COVID symptoms—a phenomenon known as “COVID-19 rebound” (or “Paxlovid rebound”).4 5 6
On June 15, 2022, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a news release stating that Anthony Fauci, MD, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical advisor to President Biden, had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and developed symptoms of COVID.7 According to the release:
He is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice. He is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from his home.7
Dr. Fauci went on to take Paxlovid. He experienced COVID-19 rebound and subsequently took a second round of Paxlovid before eventually testing negative for SARS-CoV-2.8
A lot of people still do not know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only required the vaccine manufacturers to demonstrate that COVID shots were at least 50 percent effective in preventing severe symptoms of disease, hospitalization and death, rather than preventing infection and transmission, which has always been the purpose of vaccination.9
Stoking the public’s belief that getting a COVID shot would protect against getting infected with SARS-CoV-2, President Biden confidently stated during a July 2021 CNN town hall meeting that, “You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.”10
The Irony of Getting Four Shots and Still Getting COVID
It is ironic that all three of these high-profile, influential players in the COVID saga—Bourla, Biden and Fauci, who have consistently been promoting COVID vaccinations and have each gotten four shots—have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and come down with COVID. But what is perhaps most interesting is how each of them has gone out their way to put a positive spin on their common experience.
Rather than express a sense of frustration that, despite all those shots, they still managed to get infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and develop COVID, all three of these individuals actually emphasized the fact that they were fully vaccinated and boosted and doing well, implying that their wellness was directly due to all those shots. “Mild symptoms” being the operative phrase.
But how do they know the mildness of their symptoms was attributable to the shots they got? After all, there are vaccinated people who have suffered from severe COVID symptoms and been hospitalized, and even died. And there have been unvaccinated people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 but never developed any COVID symptoms or only mild ones.
In the case of Bourla, the symptoms were “very mild.” In the case of President Biden, the symptoms were so mild that he was “getting a lot of work done.” No need to stay in bed and rest. The symptoms for Dr. Fauci were also so mild and the spin was that he would “continue to work from his home.” No need to do what sick people normally do and take it easy.
Taking Paxlovid to Prevent Serious COVID Illness?
It’s also interesting to note that all three of these individuals opted to take Paxlovid. Twice, in Dr. Fauci’s case. But why? Isn’t the primary selling point of the COVID shots that they protect against serious COVID illness, hospitalization and death? Some might say that prescribing Paxlovid indicated a lack of confidence in the shots. Others might argue that the antiviral drug simply provides an added measure of insurance against a really bad outcome from the “breakthrough” infection. Others might just call it overkill, an act of desperation.
The Thankfulness Refrain from the COVID Vaxxed
While there are similarities in the statements by Bourla, Biden and Fauci confirming their coronavirus infections and COVID conditions, they pale in comparison to the statements of other well-known Americans who were fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID. For example, here’s the statement from former President Barack Obama:
I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative. It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.11
The following is the statement from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts:
I regularly test for COVID & while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case. Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms & am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted.12
Here’s the statement from former First Lady and former U.S. Senator from New York Hillary Clinton:
Well, I’ve tested positive for COVID. I’ve got some mild cold symptoms but am feeling fine. I’m more grateful than ever for the protection vaccines can provide against serious illness. Please get vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already!13
The statement from U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia reads:
Late this afternoon after a routine test, I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m so thankful to be both vaccinated & boosted, and at the advice of the Attending Physician I plan to isolate. If you haven’t gotten your shot yet, I encourage you to do so.14
I could go on and on. There is no scarcity of nearly identical remarks from members of Congress, members of President Biden’s Cabinet, foreign government officials, TV celebrities and professional athletes. But for the sake of not beating a dead horse… just one more. This one from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut:
Unfortunately, I’ve tested positive for COVID. So this week, I’ll be working remotely. I’m not experiencing symptoms & am thankful to be fully vaccinated & boosted. If you haven’t gotten your shot or booster yet, make an appointment today!15
The commonality is striking. It’s almost as if they were auditioning for a role in a Broadway show and reading from the same script. Despite being fully vaccinated, fully boosted and fully infected, they were all doing fine and thankful to have gotten the shots. All but one of them felt the need to market COVID products.
A mere coincidence? Perhaps. Or maybe there is a script.
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