Quote from: vhfpmr
we would need more than 125% of the population vaccinated.The existing vaccines are all designed to be effective against the original (Wuhan) variant*
And that's without excluding children and refuseniks.
- They are not so effective at preventing infection and transmission of the new variants, but they are still very effective at reducing the death rate, transmission and probably the incidence of long COVID (compared to unvaccinated people) - so that's a win!
- Reducing circulation in the worldwide community is essential to reducing the number of new variants popping up
- While the vaccine makers work on their vaccine 2.0 that will deal with the newer variants.
If, with vaccination, we can make COVID-19 like the common cold, we won't need to vaccinate every year, as everyone will catch it as a child, before they get old enough to die from it
If, with vaccination, we can make COVID-19 like the flu, we can leave it to susceptible older individuals to get an annual booster, but the younger people may decide to "tough it out", on the basis that they will probably survive it.
*PS: Why isn't the original (Wuhan) variant called "Alpha", instead of the Kent variant?
- Maybe we should call it "ground zero"?