The COVID-19 vaccines are incredibly effective -- despite what Fox News is telling its audience.
On July 17, Fox News aired this reprehensible segment on Dan Bongino’s new show, in which guest Alex Berenson argued that evidence from England, Europe, and Israel shows that the “vaccines have pretty limited efficacy”:
On July 18, after Berenson’s apparent Twitter suspension ended, he tried to make a similar point on Israel’s vaccination program, quickly getting called out for pushing misinformation and logical fallacies. That said, a review of people who replied to his statement shows that many clearly appeared to believe the lies. The actual relevant charts, rather than the ones Berenson posted, showed the incredible effectiveness of vaccines.
We can be certain that the people who run Fox News know that the vaccines are effective against the Delta variant; not only did Rupert Murdoch receive his vaccination before the queen of England received hers, but the Murdoch-run Wall Street Journal actually looked at the data on July 15 and reported it in clear and uncertain terms. Of course, others have noted the same, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccination numbers out of India are startlingly good. Even when there are sometimes alarming tabloid headlines, sober analysis shows that the vaccines work well, and experts are clear that vaccination is the best protection against Delta, even if it is not 100% effective.
Furthermore, the read from Berenson and Bongino about the U.K. and Delta is really quite ridiculous if you look at the data. Positive tests are up but deaths are still quite low -- especially in comparison to prior spikes.