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The world's most vaccinated country is ... having a COVID wave


PeteS in CA:
The world's most vaccinated country is ... having a COVID wave

--- Quote ---Looks like the vaccines are a bust!

No, not our vaccines. China’s vaccines. But you already knew that.

Let’s back up. Contrary to popular belief, the nation with the highest percentage of its population that’s been fully vaccinated isn’t Israel. It’s the tiny country of Seychelles, located off of Africa’s east coast in the Indian Ocean. They’ve fully vaxxed 62.2 percent of their people, the only nation on earth to cross the 60 percent threshold. And yet:

Bloomberg is hunting for clues:

--- Quote ---By April 12, 59% of the doses administered [in Seychelles] were Sinopharm vaccines and the rest were Covishield, a version of AstraZeneca Plc’s shot made under license in India…
Of those cases, 84% are Seychellois and the rest are foreigners, Daniel Lucey, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, said in a blog post. Just under two thirds of those are either unvaccinated or have only had one dose, and the rest have had two doses, he said.
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Right off the bat we see that most of the new cases are turning up in people who haven’t had their shots yet, which isn’t an argument that the vaccines don’t work. To the contrary.

But the first big clue has to do with which vaccines they’re using. Sinopharm is a Chinese product, donated by the UAE to Seychelles. It’s not the same vaccine as Sinovac, a Chinese vaccine that’s in use in Chile and made headlines recently for offering very little protection after a single dose. But there are doubts about Sinopharm too. ...
There’s a second problem. Because Seychelles is a small island country it depends heavily on tourism, which means it’s at constant risk of new variants being brought in. And because of its location in the Indian Ocean, it stands to reason that it might see a higher than usual share of the South African and Indian variants. In fact, notes Bloomberg, “the B.1.351 variant, first identified in South Africa late last year, was found in the Seychelles in February.” Which is a big deal, because guess which vaccine has already been found to provide little protection against the South African variant. Yep — AstraZeneca, the other product that Seychelles has been using in large quantities. ...
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So, an interesting picture:

* ~66% of the new cases are from the ~38% of citizens not vaccinated;

* Of the 34% of cases who have been vaccinated, 59% received a vaccine of dubious effectiveness;

* The remaining 41% had received a vaccine known to be ineffective against a variant currently in circulation in the Seychelles.

When it comes to vaccines, the Seychelles chose poorly. Or maybe they got into the marketplace so late that good choices were not readily available.


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