An Open Letter to CDC on Reinfection charges in Vaccinated & Unvaccinated
From James Lyons-Weiler PhD:
By: James Lyons Hamlet
Date: Wed, September 1, 2021 at 2:39 pm
Subject: cycle threshold distributions
Dear Doctor. Campbell,
I speak to Dr. Poland, as it recently interpreted your report uncritically in such a way that the risk of re-infection in unvaccinated people is higher than in vaccinated people in a YouTube presentation.
I read your report with interest
As a corresponding author, I direct my questions to you.
1. Among the partially vaccinated, vaccinated and unvaccinated, what were the qPCR-Ct threshold distributions for each group?
2. If your team has used the CDC guidelines for reporting cases with (Ct <28 cycles + hospitalized or dead for vaccinated but Ct up to 40 or even higher for unvaccinated), how can we handle the case, Compare hospital and death rates? in so-called vaccinated "cases" and so-called unvaccinated "cases"?
3. Are the groups studied confused in any way?
4. Were the NAAT test rates the same in both groups compared to the antigen test rates?
5. According to your report, the “vaccinated” were considered vaccinated on the 14th or later according to CDC guidelines. This seems unusual; If the vaccine damages the immune system for a period of time, making people more prone to infection, it would appear within the first two weeks, according to the animal studies.
6. If people are not vaccinated within 14 days of receiving the vaccine, shouldn’t people have to wait 14 days to get their vaccination card if herd immunity is sought?
7. Your particular group criteria definition would greatly skew the data to find an increased reinfection rate in previously infected or unvaccinated people, thus making a causal association with the vaccine and unsupporting your recommendation that everyone should be vaccinated with your data.
8. The description of the periods for the two groups is also ambiguous. Have the dates for the controls been synchronized? Trends in the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2, public health measures, and seasonality of respiratory viruses change over time. Using a different (albeit overlapping) time period could skew results for group infection rates.
9. Were “vaccinated” considered vaccinated in the last 90 days or were they switched to “unvaccinated” after 90 days according to CDC guidelines?
10. Has this report been reviewed by scientists who do not work with or for the CDC?
11. In light of the above, do you and your co-authors agree with your conclusions?
The professional favor of an answer is requested.
James Lyons Hamlet, PhD–