Pandemic of the vaccinated

Stop calling it the pandemic of the “unvaccinated”. The infection rates can’t be ignored.

By Patricia Adams and Lawrence Solomon for The Epoch Times, published on November 7, 2021

Commentary

A sign on an Auckland motorway urges people to get vaccinated at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination clinic during a single-day vaccination drive, aimed at significantly increasing the percentage of vaccinated people in the country, in Auckland, New Zealand, October 16, 2021. REUTERS/Simon Watts. File photo.

In September, “pandemic of the unvaccinated” became a household term, calling out those who had refused to get a COVID-19 shot for the failure to end infections and the pandemic. But we’re in November now, and “pandemic of the unvaccinated” is so yesterday. Today, the branding should read “pandemic of the vaccinated.”

Singapore is one of the most vaccinated countries on earth, with 85 percent of the population fully vaccinated. Singapore has soaring rates of infection—almost four times its highest pre-vaccination rates. Deaths are also soaring, to 12 times their pre-vaccination rates. Six months ago, Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking scale deemed Singapore “the world’s best place to be during Covid.” Today, after becoming highly vaccinated, Singapore ranks 39th, its lowest ever ranking.

Ireland is even more heavily vaccinated—92 percent of adults and 89 percent of those over 12 years of age have had two jabs, making it the EU’s most vaccinated jurisdiction. Yet despite the ever-increasing numbers who are doubly vaccinated, infections are surging in Ireland, to the highest rate it has experienced since March. Within Ireland, the city of Waterford, whose over-18 population is 99.7 percent fully vaccinated, has Ireland’s highest rate of infection. Waterford County, which previously had one of Ireland’s lowest rates of infection, now has one of the highest. Herd immunity based on vaccinations has not only failed to stop the spread, it has also failed to prevent serious outcomes: Of Ireland’s 474 COVID-19 deaths between April and October, 44 percent were fully vaccinated.

Iceland, Ireland’s northern neighbor, declared victory and lifted all domestic restrictions at the end of June when 88 percent of its over-16 population had received either one or two jabs. Starting in July, it entered what has become its longest-lasting and most intense surge of infections—a rollercoaster that dipped in September only to surge all over again. Iceland’s chief epidemiologist, noting that COVID-19 cases are growing exponentially in Iceland as well as other European countries, now believes that “widespread vaccination … does not seem to be enough to stop the current wave nor to prevent hospitalization of those who are seriously ill.”

New Zealand, where 89 percent have received at least one dose and 77 percent are fully vaccinated, is in the midst of its greatest surge of infections at the same time as it’s accelerating vaccinations. Australia is experiencing an even greater surge, one more than four times its pre-vaccination infection rate.

England, which has some of the best record-keeping, shows in finer detail the extent to which the pandemic is of the vaccinated. As seen in Public Health England’s most recent COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report (pdf) covering the four weeks to Oct. 31, those vaccinated had much higher rates of infection than those unvaccinated. Those in their 40s, for example, who were vaccinated had infection rates that were twice as high—2,125 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 vaccinated population if they had two doses compared to 933 per 100,000 among the unvaccinated. That better-than-two-to-one ratio also held for those in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Those in their 30s and over 80, too, had higher infection rates if they had been double dosed, but by less than two-to-one.

England’s very high rates of infection occurred despite its highly vaccinated population—all groups over 60 years of age were 90 percent or more doubly vaccinated, those in their 50s were 85 percent doubly vaccinated, and the rest weren’t far behind.

Vaccinations not only fail to stem the pandemic in the most highly vaccinated countries, they fail to do so across the board.

“Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States,” the title of a study co-authored by a Harvard researcher and published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, found that, if anything, vaccinations lead to the opposite of intended results: “Countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people,” it found.

The vaccinated are now in the majority in all countries in the Western world. They own the pandemic.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

About Lawrence Solomon

Lawrence Solomon is one of Canada's leading environmentalists. His book, The Conserver Solution (Doubleday) popularized the Conserver Society concept in the late 1970s and became the manual for those interested in incorporating environmental factors into economic life. An advisor to President Jimmy Carter's Task Force on the Global Environment (the Global 2000 Report) in the late 1970's, he has since been at the forefront of movements to reform foreign aid, stop nuclear power expansion and adopt toll roads. Mr. Solomon is a founder and managing director of Energy Probe Research Foundation and the executive director of its Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute divisions. He has been a columnist for The Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the editor and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine, and the author or co-author of seven books, most recently The Deniers, a #1 environmental best-seller in both Canada and the U.S. .

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