valerie wrote: USA has another problem, they say.
Approximately 50% of USA population has been vaccinated.
I have a BIG problem believing that. Is that a number that Biden came up with from his magic hat ? or are they inflating the numbers just like hospitals are doing with COVID19 mortality ?
If it's true then good for them. Canada is in 14th place - we might be amongst the last few countries to get out of this genocide of COVID19. Well I guess the buck stops there, they said that republicans do not want the vaccine - they keep forgetting that it was Trump who made a speedy vaccine reality, his push and pledge to a vaccine by year end, the funding, the pressure, etc, so why do most Republicans do not want it is odd, if they want America to be better again, they should move their lazy arses and get that vaccine, I mean YES it's painful and you feel like a rod is piercing through your arm, at least mine felt like that
but in the end, they are contributing to the war - think of COVID19 like the illegal trying to get in, but no, I guess more than 50% of Americans do not want the vaccine, because they believe in FAKE news OR maybe they want to get back at Biden, but one thing for sure, they are punishing themselves - because 50% of the population does not cut it, the pandemic will not end, and a 50% rate will NOT stop cases from rising, and it will create a new problem, community transmission will still be high which means new variants and double variants, which means basically the 50% of those who did get the jab, will feel they wasted their bloody time.
Seniors have no problem, they are the most vulnerable of the population along with people with conditions...... Now the transmitters of this virus are the kids and teens, so it's time they press the pause button the Grand THeft Auto and get their vaccine, if they want to get back to some normal life.
Ideally 75-85% of the population should be vaccinated to reach that so-called herd immunity - or something similar............. what are the odds of America reaching that - I would not bet my money on that. I mean some countries have opened back everything and are back to normal even with 50% rate - but that is crazy because they will see their cases rise big time soon, as CASES still remain very high - it's just the hospital and mortality that goes down - but if the COVID19 infections still remain high, it means more potential for new variants and eventually the cases, hospitalisations and mortality will all rise again.
The problem is, an over abundance of vaccines on the shelf.
I say, if they are not used soon, put them on a plane and ship to India.
Problem is, nobody knows with certainty if these vaccines give enough protection against the Indian variants.
Also even if they were to receive ALL the surplus stock, there is no way it would be enough. The situation in India has reached catastrophic proportions, out of control, they basically are in such a situation where nothing can work now other than waiting for that so-called herd immunity - I mean look at all the deaths that will happen before this happens. It's not only about their variant, they have other issues too with poor management of the pandemic and people not willing to follow guidelines - pretty much like here, but some provinces here are better off and did not yet get a taste of the variants, maybe soon the Indian variant will be predominant around the world - it's a competition between India and UK, both variants are competing, the thing is, vaccines are still very effective against the UK variant BUT not as much for the Indian variant, since it is a double mutation, it significantly reduces efficacy of the vaccine - but you still have some protection but it's likely you will not get that 100% protection against hospital and mortality.
So what's next - now China is saying "Hey, don't blame us, we didn't create the variants"