The spin blog on Kristi Noem’s payroll criticizes Steven Haugaard for making a long, boring speech.
Halfway into robotically reading her hour-long State of the State speech off teleprompters—
—but persistently and dangerously wrong:
—South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem promised “to protect the people’s right to a medical or religious exemption from COVID vaccines.”
She then raised her hand with the index finger extended to emphasize some particular idiocy.
“We will also recognize natural immunity,” she said.
…“Contracting COVID once does not make you immune over the long term and certainly does not make you immune to new variants,” Jeffrey Townsend told The Daily Beast on Tuesday.
Townsend is the author of a study published by The Lancet Microbe in October 2021 whose conclusion he summarized in a Yale News write-up.
“Reinfection can reasonably happen in three months or less,” he was quoted saying. “Therefore, those who have been naturally infected should get vaccinated. Previous infection alone can offer very little long-term protection against subsequent infections” [Michael Daly, “The Reckless South Dakota Governor Wants to ‘Recognize Natural Immunity’ from Covid. She’s Not Only Wrong—She’s Also Encouraging Hesitant Folks Not to Get Vaccinated,” Daily Beast, 2022.01.12].
Noem seems to use her wrongheaded notion of natural immunity as an excuse for her inability and her arguably criminal unwillingness to come up with responsible, science-based policy interventions to protect the health of South Dakotans.
Boring and oblivious to the basic science of the pandemic—that’s South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem.