Mirroring data from Israel, Britain’s chief scientific adviser said Tuesday that 40% of people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 are fully vaccinated.
Sir Patrick Vallance told a news briefing that the figure was not surprising “because the vaccines are not 100% effective,” Britain’s Sky News reported.
“They’re very, very effective, but not 100%, and as a higher proportion of the population is double-vaccinated, it’s inevitable that those 10% of that very large number remain at risk, and therefore will be amongst the people who both catch the infection and end up in hospital.”
Vallance previously said 60% of people who have been hospitalized with COVID were fully vaccinated then said he misspoke, meaning 40% were fully vaccinated.
He said the U.K. was close to the previous “winter wave” of infections in which about 60,000 people tested positive each day. But most of the models, Vallance added, suggest a peak and either a plateau or decrease in August.
Meanwhile, Israel’s health ministry found that about 40% of the new cases of COVID-19 detected since May were vaccinated patients, Israel National News reported.
Among 7,700 new cases of the virus detected during that time, only 72 people who previously had COVID became infected again, about 1%.
In contrast, among the 7,700, more than 3,000 people who were fully vaccinated became infected again, about 40%.
Israelis who were vaccinated were 6.72 times more likely to get infected after the shot than after natural infection.
Israel’s Channel 13 reported the disparity has confounded and divided Health Ministry experts.
Some say the data proves natural infection provides a higher level of immunity while others remain unconvinced, the report said.
In June, contradicting the claims of Dr. Anthony Fauci and the FDA, a study by the prestigious Cleveland Clinic demonstrated the effectiveness of natural immunity. It concluded there is no need to vaccinate people who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
The study found individuals with previous SARS-CoV-2 infection do not get additional benefits from vaccination, reported News-Medical.Net
The finding aligned with a study published in May in Nature by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis concluding that even mild or asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 can produce lasting immunity that would guard against repeated infections.
Fauci, the White House coronavirus adviser, told Business Insider that vaccines are “better than the traditional response you get from natural infection” and everyone should get a COVID shot. And in May, the Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory saying the same.
But the Cleveland Clinic study found not a single incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection was observed in previously infected participants with or without vaccination.
In November, several researchers told the New York Times they had found that natural immunity from COVID occured and there were indications it is long-lasting.
People infected with the closely related virus SARS-CoV-1 have been shown to be immune for at least 17 nears, according to a study published by the journal Nature.
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