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1 hour ago, tadmjones said:

What was the hoped for accomplishment?

Getting to where most people didn't have to worry much about COVID-19 and could go back to normal.

1 hour ago, tadmjones said:

does anyone think the local CVS, Rite Aid Walmart jab clinic followed the rather precise storage and handling specifications of the Pfizer formulations? I have my doubts

If you're concerned, maybe you should inquire with the retailers and the local health department.  Ask detailed questions.

 

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25 minutes ago, Doug Morris said:

Getting to where most people didn't have to worry much about COVID-19 and could go back to normal.

If you're concerned, maybe you should inquire with the retailers and the local health department.  Ask detailed questions.

 

Are saying that the jabs function was only to ameliorate worry ?

That safety and effectiveness were secondary or non-relevant concerns? That EUA's were granted in order to quell panic?

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1 hour ago, tadmjones said:

Are saying that the jabs function was only to ameliorate worry ?

That safety and effectiveness were secondary or non-relevant concerns? That EUA's were granted in order to quell panic?

No, I am saying that if enough people get vaccinated, the situation will improve to the point that most people will have no good reason to worry.

Worry is a secondary concern at most.  The extent to which people have reason to worry is one way of measuring success in dealing with a problem.

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"Unfortunately, the vaccine’s beneficial effect on Delta transmission waned to almost negligible levels over time. In people infected 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, both in the UK, the chance that an unvaccinated close contact would test positive was 57%, but 3 months later, that chance rose to 67%. The latter figure is on par with the likelihood that an unvaccinated person will spread the virus.

A reduction was also observed in people vaccinated with the jab made by US company Pfizer and German firm BioNTech. The risk of spreading the Delta infection soon after vaccination with that jab was 42%, but increased to 58% with time".

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiNzpbyvJv0AhWKhP0HHfk3Cn4QFnoECAMQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nature.com%2Farticles%2Fd41586-021-02689-y&usg=AOvVaw12ZnDpzq1fqp0SP7Z0MYOR

"On par with the likelihood..."

--within 3 months of vaccination, transmission of Covid, comparing the vaccinated to the unvaccinated, becomes equalized, according to nature.com. recently

Evidence that vaxxes are extremely limited at obtaining population immunity, merely slowing the spread a little (like the results of lockdowns and masking proved).

To protect yourself, fine and good, which is the purpose of a vaccine - the sake of an individual recipient; to do it needlessly (by the fit and/or young) and unwillingly, for the supposed protection of the mass of society is senseless and sacrificial.

 

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9 hours ago, Doug Morris said:

I didn't say you wrote eradication of the virus.  You wrote eradication of transmission and of viral mutations, and I questioned whether anyone has claimed either, and I pointed out the point is significant reduction, not eradication.

Better late than never.

Nonsense.  The purpose is not eradication of spread or of anything else, but significant reduction of spread and of the potential for viral mutation.

How good is "so good" and why are you trying to make an issue of it?  No one is claiming that vaccination completely eliminates anything.  It significantly reduces the chances of infection and spread.  In those cases where infection still takes place, it greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death.

I am not advocating lockdowns, which are a much more drastic step.  The biggest reason vaccines have not accomplished as much as hoped is that a lot of people haven't gotten vaccinated.

Four excerpts from the article you linked:

 even small pockets of unvaccinated people can drive transmission. In Ireland's population of 5 million, around a million are still not protected.

 Ireland's deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told CNN that unprotected people are "causing a lot of the trouble" -- and that Ireland "wouldn't be imposing the restrictions we are imposing now" if everyone was vaccinated.

The difference between vaccination rates of 70% and 80% is huge, experts say, because each extra percentile further isolates the virus and eases pressure on hospitals. But McConkey said that given the transmissibility of the current Delta variant, no country can truly consider themselves "highly vaccinated" -- he argued that until they inoculate a percentage in the mid-90s of their total population, unvaccinated pockets of society would still drive transmission.

Vaccines continue to dramatically reduce the likelihood of serious illness and death, he noted -- and they have therefore changed the make-up of those needing treatment in intensive care units. There are far fewer admissions than in previous waves, and "it's now mostly unvaccinated young people, or very elderly people,"

 

"...not accomplished as much as hoped is that a lot of people havent gotten vaccinated".

Nonsensical. From the type of biased CNN (etc.) reporting of those ignoramuses who proclaim:

"This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated!". Despite evidence.

Look what is happening when EU nations (e.g. Iceland, Ireland, Portugal) have double vaccinated from 70% to the early 80's% of people  -- but are experiencing fresh winter surges approaching previous infection peaks. Near those before vaccines were available.

But it is the unvaccinated remnants we must hold responsible!

 

Be logical, and be sceptical about the popular sources you read. As you can see in the previous nature.com article, the Delta virus transmission averages 67% ... by the UN-vaxxed. It drops to the 40's and 50's percentile with the (newly) vaccinated, according to product used. An improvement, sure. (Except that this level is short-lived).

Anyway, with +/- one out of five people (in e.g. Ireland) unvaccinated - who do you think is alone in driving the upsurge in 'cases'? That minority?

Despite the probabilities of close contact *far* favoring someone vaccinated to someone vaccinated, and far lesser contact with the non-vaxxed.

Plus - given a relatively small and waning transmission differential (~50% to 67%)?

Therefore, "the pandemic of the unvaccinated" is pure rubbish  - there is probably as much and more transmission from vaxxed-to-vaxxed, by only the weight of numbers.

But it is this irrationality by 'experts' which stigmatizes and is punishing the unvaccinated for disallowing us our 'return to normal'.

When 95% have been pressured into vaccinations and the virus keeps returning, who will be the convenient culprits then?

(The other five per cent, I guess; then, by that collectivist logic, sub-five yo infants will have to also get the jab).

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Reuters Covid Tracker is a useful quick source of data, country by country.

Here for Iceland:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjJhKCLsqv0AhULhlwKHfIWCfcQFnoECAQQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgraphics.reuters.com%2Fworld-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps%2Fcountries-and-territories%2Ficeland%2F&usg=AOvVaw2tQC8f0YpRida1MyK0rd3S

This for South Africa:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjC-MfXuav0AhVYi_0HHSkpDxoQFnoECAIQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgraphics.reuters.com%2Fworld-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps%2Fcountries-and-territories%2Fsouth-africa%2F&usg=AOvVaw3ZsBOEMrT0gMn69AlaC0IY

Does anyone detect any correlation between case numbers and vaccinations?

Iceland - at 84% double-vaxxed and at 92% infections of peak at present

SA - at a low 21% d-vaxxed and now at 3% of peak.

If anything, it would 'appear' that the higher the vaccinations, the more the present infections! A tempting conclusion which will be simplistic and false.

BUT, the graphs raise a lot of doubt about the efficacy of vaccinations to reduce transmission. It indicates there are many other factors which drive infections up - other than the unvaxxed.

AND, the above comparison mounts a huge opposition to the tactics of intimidation by Gvt's, some scientists, some media and the pharma people to get everybody vaxxed, by any means.

The vilified unvaxxed are not the problem nor pose any threat to anyone.

"We have a pandemic of the unvaccinated": a downright lie.

The graphs also indicate much reduced mortality figures, and that is the significant purpose of vaccines.

 

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13 hours ago, whYNOT said:

"Unfortunately, the vaccine’s beneficial effect on Delta transmission waned to almost negligible levels over time. In people infected 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, both in the UK, the chance that an unvaccinated close contact would test positive was 57%, but 3 months later, that chance rose to 67%. The latter figure is on par with the likelihood that an unvaccinated person will spread the virus.

A reduction was also observed in people vaccinated with the jab made by US company Pfizer and German firm BioNTech. The risk of spreading the Delta infection soon after vaccination with that jab was 42%, but increased to 58% with time".

 

Sounds like when the effects of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines wane, they still reduce the probability of spread.

Do these statistics take into account the reduced chance of getting infected in the first place?

These data also support the need for boosters.

 

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22 hours ago, Doug Morris said:

The difference between vaccination rates of 70% and 80% is huge, experts say, because each extra percentile further isolates the virus and eases pressure on hospitals. But McConkey said that given the transmissibility of the current Delta variant, no country can truly consider themselves "highly vaccinated" -- he argued that until they inoculate a percentage in the mid-90s of their total population, unvaccinated pockets of society would still drive transmission.

whYNOT ignores this excerpt from the article he linked.

13 hours ago, whYNOT said:

Anyway, with +/- one out of five people (in e.g. Ireland) unvaccinated - who do you think is alone in driving the upsurge in 'cases'? That minority?

Yes, the unvaccinated are the primary drivers of the surge.

 

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9 hours ago, whYNOT said:

If anything, it would 'appear' that the higher the vaccinations, the more the present infections! A tempting conclusion which will be simplistic and false.

BUT, the graphs raise a lot of doubt about the efficacy of vaccinations to reduce transmission. It indicates there are many other factors which drive infections up - other than the unvaxxed.

There have been 2,929,862 infections and 89,574 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

There have been 16,800 infections and 34 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

That is from your links. The percentage of the peak is higher in Iceland because the peak itself is significantly lower than it is in South Africa. All you did is show that you don't know how to interpret data.

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6 hours ago, tadmjones said:

The graphs may show reduced mortality in reported covid death and that could be attributed to the jabs, but what is happening with total excess death ?

 

Your link indicates that excess deaths are somewhat lower this year than last, and they aren't sure why the difference isn't greater.

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