At a time we have the tools & knowledge to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 - most of the Western world has given up – Dr. Deepti Gurdasani sur Twitter @dgurdasani1
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At a time we have the tools & knowledge to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 - most of the Western world has given up, the result being death rates in some countries in the vaccine era are higher than any point in the pandemic, simply because they’ve let it spread unmitigated.
It looks like so many countries (including now Australia) bought into the ’living with it’ ideology, without actually putting in the measures needed to protect public health. The impact will be devastating- not just in terms of death, but also long-term disability.
Even in countries like the UK, where vaccine uptake in vulnerable populations has been high, so death rates have dropped, long COVID is affecting 2 million people - with numbers having increased substantially in the vaccine era- because of unprecedented levels of transmission.
Before the anti-vaxxers jump on this- it’s not because of vaccination- it’s despite vaccination - because these countries have used their over-reliance on vaccinations to tolerate much higher levels of infection, rather than use a vaccine plus multilayered approach to reduce it
Most people don’t realise this- but current infection rates in England are 140 times higher than the rates at the same time in July 2020. At those rates, a vaccine only strategy isn’t going to be enough. By any stretch of the imagination