New Covid wave in the UK: Herd immunity is ‘impossible,’ as the Delta variety spreads rapidly.
A NEW coronavirus outbreak is set to sweep the UK because the Delta variety is still transmissible after vaccination, according to a top expert.
Herd immunity is “not a possibility,” according to Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group. He cautioned the UK government against relying on vaccination to restore normalcy.
“We know very clearly with coronavirus that this current variety, the Delta variant, will still infect people who have been vaccinated, and that does indicate that everyone who is still unprotected, at some time, will meet the virus,” he told MPs on the All-Party Group on Coronavirus.
Antibodies were assumed to be required for 60-72 percent of the population to achieve herd immunity against the original coronavirus strain, but this increased to 75-90 percent following the appearance of the Delta strain.
Vaccines, he claimed, may “slow the process” of transmission, but they can’t stop it entirely at the moment.
Currently, 89 percent of the adult population in the United Kingdom has had their first Covid vaccination.
In total, 74.8 percent of people have received the second dose, which is essential for maximum protection.
When children are included, the virus has been immunized against 58 percent of the UK population.
“I believe we are in a scenario with this present variation where herd immunity is not a possibility because it continues to infect vaccinated individuals,” Sir Andrew stated.
Vaccinated people infected with the Delta strain may be able to spread it as easily as those who haven’t been immunised, according to a report released last week by Public Health England.
While the overall risk seemed to have decreased significantly, it appeared that the variation will continue to spread.
Sir Andrew warned that the Delta variant’s potential to spread in people who had been fully jabbed meant there was a risk of more mutations.
“A variety that is probably even better at transmitting among vaccinated populations,” he anticipated as the next step.
A change in the virus’s makeup would likely result in an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.
Infections have increased since limitations were loosened in the UK following the distribution of vaccines, although deaths and hospitalizations have remained relatively low.
Yesterday, there were 25,161 new cases verified by a positive test.
During the same 24-hour period, 37 new deaths were averted, and 744 patients were admitted to the hospital.
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