The paradox of the COVID-19 vaccine

The latest wave of COVID-19 infections in the US caused by the Delta super-infectious variant has made people who have been vaccinated against the disease frustrated. They believe that people who do not get vaccinated are the cause of the prolonged COVID-19 epidemic and that the government must re-impose restrictive measures to prevent the epidemic instead of all having a comfortable summer of travel.

Vaccination against COVID-19 vaccine for a volunteer in Detroit, Michigan, USA, August 5, 2020
Vaccination against COVID-19 vaccine for a volunteer in Detroit, Michigan, USA, August 5, 2020

Across the country, 60.2% of adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, much lower than the 85-90% that epidemiologists consider necessary to achieve herd immunity. , thereby completely controlling the epidemic. Paradoxically, the US medical facilities currently have a surplus of vaccines for many months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that vaccinated people still wear masks in public places nationwide. This makes people who are aware of prevention and have been vaccinated to find their lives disrupted because of other people's choice not to vaccinate.

On July 29, President Biden announced that millions of federal employees will have to be vaccinated or test negative and have to wear masks. Previously, the state of California and New York also applied the above regulation. Companies such as Facebook, Google and Netflix have said they will require many employees to be vaccinated. American journalist Geraldo Rivera asserted on Fox News that people who do not get injections are "arrogant" and "selfish".

According to CDC data, the infection rate in the US in the past 7 days is at least 50 cases per 100,000 population. In the week to July 27, the average number of infections per day was more than 57,300 cases, gradually increasing from 11,351 cases on June 22. Within a week, the number of infections increased by 50% or more in 35 states from a week earlier. Former US CDC director Tom Frieden warned that in 4-6 weeks, the US could record 200,000 new infections a day like in January. He said that although the number of deaths would not be as terrible as before thanks to injections. vaccine, but those deaths could have been prevented if all people were aware of vaccination.

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