In an apparent challenge to the repeated claim that controversial COVID-19 vaccines may not make you less likely to contract the virus, but will make you less likely to become critically ill, former CDC director Robert Redfield revealed that over 40% of COVID-19 deaths in Maryland have been vaccinated.

Redfield, who previously oversaw the CDC during the Trump administration and now serves as nominally Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s senior advisor on COVID-19, made the claims during an appearance on Fox News earlier this week.

“A lot of times people may feel it’s a rare event that fully vaccinated people die,” said Redfield. “I happen to be the senior advisor to Governor Hogan in the state of Maryland. In the last six to 8 weeks, more than 40% of people who died in Maryland were fully vaccinated,” Redfield said while discussing the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. As Town Hall notes, the Maryland Department of Health claims 65.7 percent of adults in the state are fully vaccinated.

Powell, who served under President George W. Bush, died of COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the virus. Like many who die of COVID-19, Powell also had a severe comorbidity: blood cancer.

Just before the CDC quietly changed the definition of a vaccine in August of this year, current CDC director Rochelle Walensky appeared on CNN and delivered an announcement many predicted and others found chilling: COVID-19 vaccines do not keep individuals from contracting the virus.

Since August, scientists have claimed repeatedly that the vaccines may not succeed in preventing someone from contracting COVID-19 – the old definition of a vaccine the CDC replaced – but will instead decrease the likelihood those who contract the China-originated virus after being vaccinated will suffer from severe symptoms or need to be hospitalized.

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