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Covid-19 Vaccine Efficacy – Myth or Real?

by K. Vatsala Devi
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2020 was truly a humbling year when the Covid-19 pandemic had upended the world. On the global map, without a vaccine, the Covid-19 footprint had managed to reach almost every country, making it the world’s most-traveled pandemic. But humor aside, the pandemic left many countries reeling from the loss due to the regulations and lock downs announced by many governments to flatten the curve.

Social distancing, washing hands regularly for more than 20 seconds, wearing masks, sanitizing and working from home has become the norm.

Across the globe, many health experts and politicians agreed that the only effective way of curbing this pandemic and returning to a semblance of normalcy was innoculation. This sparked a race between the developed and wealthy nations to procure vaccines for their citizens. This race however has brought to light the inequality between countries.

The Unequal Race to be Safe

Nature.com, in one if its article titled, “The unequal scramble for coronavirus vaccines — by the numbers” stated that “wealthy countries have struck deals to buy more than two billion doses in a scramble that could leave limited supplies in the coming year.

By mid-August, the article further explained, the United States had secured 800 million doses of at least 6 vaccines in development, with an option to purchase around one billion more.

The United Kingdom was the world’s highest per-capita buyer, with 340 million purchased: around 5 doses for each citizen.

The European Union nations — which are buying vaccines as a group — and Japan have locked down hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines for themselves.

Are Vaccines Overrated?

But now, a new study out of Israel suggests natural infection offers a much better shield against the delta variant than vaccines. The study was described by Bloomberg as “the largest real-world analysis comparing natural immunity – gained from an earlier infection – to the protection provided by one of the most potent vaccines currently in use”.

The study further questions the credibility of relying on vaccines, given that the study showed that the vaccinated were ultimately 13x as likely to be infected as those who were infected previously, and 27x more likely to be symptomatic. As ESPC does not have access to the study in question, we are unable to verify the accuracy of data presented, however you can read the full article here.

But hey, read this article at your discretion because by publishing this article, we at ESPC.world are not saying it is okay not to be vaccinated. By getting as many people as possible vaccinated is our chance of achieving herd immunity – and hopefully we can give the front liners who have been around the clock for more than a year, a chance to take a break. And completing your vaccination gives you special access to all activities that you love and have missed.

So go get vaccinated and stay safe, Malaysians.

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