Current vaccines are effective at reducing transmission?
Update: This OIA Response has been personally vetted with MOH by phone.
It’s a simple and comforting assumption that’s being repeated by “the experts” and their vassals, but who can point to data suggesting that the current vaccines are effective at reducing transmission?
Under normal circumstances, (NZ) OIA responses containing “information considered to be of public interest” will be posted here – https://www.health.govt.nz/about-ministry/information-releases/responses-official-information-act-requests – But this is not yet publicly posted by MOH.
Looks like I’m not the only one trying to verify this OIA response – https://fyi.org.nz/request/16779-effect-of-pfizer-vaccine-on-reducing-transmission
Based on my understanding of the data (what some people might call “the science”), the highlighted portion of this OIA Response is substantively correct. I do suspect that the OIA Response is legit, and Ruby’s OIA Request via FYI holds a key as to why it has not been published on MOH’s website.
This document states that ‘reducing transmission was not an outcome measured in trials of the Pfizer vaccine’ but on the Ministry of Health website it claims getting the vaccine will make you ‘less likely to transmit the virus to others.’