Find out WHY Colin Powell caught COVID-19 and died from it, despite being fully vaccinated!
Colin Powell Died From COVID-19 Complications
Former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, died on the morning of Monday, 18 October 2021, due to “complications from COVID-19”. His family also stated that he was “fully-vaccinated”.
General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.
The Powell Family
Almost immediately, antivaxxers gleefully shared the news, pointing out that Colin Powell died from COVID-19 even though he was fully-vaccinated.
They believe that his death proves that the COVID-19 vaccines are useless… some even suggested he died because of the vaccine.
Why Fully-Vaccinated Colin Powell Died From COVID-19
It is distasteful for me to even get into this so soon after his death, but it has to be done.
So let’s take a look at WHY former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, got infected with COVID-19 and died from it, even though he was fully-vaccinated.
Fact #1 : Elderly More Prone To Vaccine Breakthrough
Colin Powell was 84 years old when he got infected by COVID-19. His age puts him at significantly higher risk of hospitalisation and mortality, even if he’s fully-vaccinated.
That’s partly because the COVID-19 vaccine is NOT a shield, but a self-defence class that teaches our immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus and make antibodies against it.
The immune system of elderly individuals do not respond to vaccines as robustly as younger adults. That’s why they experience more cases of vaccine breakthrough infections, hospitalisations and yes, deaths.
Fact #2 : Colin Powell Had Multiple Myeloma
Colin Powell survived prostate cancer, after undergoing surgery to remove the tumour in 2003.
And in 2019, General Powell revealed that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, after sharing a fireside chat with Kathy Giusti at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation annual dinner.
Fact #3 : Multiple Myeloma Reduces Response To mRNA Vaccines
Even though General Powell was fully-vaccinated, he may not have been developed a good enough immune response due to multiple myeloma.
The Stampfer et. al study that was published in July 2021 showed that LESS THAN HALF of multiple myeloma patients responded adequately to mRNA vaccines :
- only 45% of patients developed an adequate response
- 22% of patients only developed a partial response
- lower antibody levels were seen with patients with older age, impaired renal function, etc.
They concluded that “most multiple myeloma patients have impaired responses to mRNA vaccination against COVID-19“.
Such immunocompromised individuals usually require a booster dose of the vaccine to develop an adequate immune response against COVID-19.
Fact #4 : Multiple Myeloma Weakens Immune System
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells – a type of white blood cell that produces antibodies.
Untreated, the cancerous plasma cells (myeloma) produce abnormal antibodies that are not only useless, they build up in the body and damage the kidneys.
The multiple myelomas also multiply and overwhelm the normal plasma cells, reducing the amount of working antibodies.
That’s why multiple myeloma patients are at higher risk of developing infections.
Fact #5 : Multiple Myeloma Treatment Weakens Immune System
Ironically, the treatment for multiple myeloma often suppresses the immune system, leaving the patient more vulnerable to infections, including COVID-19.
Multiple myeloma patients like General Powell remain at significantly greater risk of infection, even while the treatment suppresses the cancerous cells and prolongs their lives.
Fact #6 : Colin Powell’s Death Emphasises Importance Of Herd Immunity
General Powell’s death is not proof that vaccines do not work. Instead, it emphasises the importance of herd immunity.
People who are immunocompromised like General Powell may not gain adequate protection even if fully-vaccinated. But they can be protected if transmission of COVID-19 is blocked by other vaccinated people in the community.
This herd immunity provides indirect protection, not just against vaccine breakthrough infections, but also for people who cannot be vaccinated yet – children, people with severe allergies, etc.
However, herd immunity is only achieved when a large majority – most scientists think about 80% – of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19.
Here is the takeaway lesson – we need to protect vulnerable members of our community by vaccinating enough people to achieve herd immunity.
So reach out to your family and friends who are still not vaccinated, and encourage them to get protected against COVID-19!
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