How do we know? Actually, those who are vaccinated are less likely test positive. As I said, practically no sovereign nation has yet reaped the full vaccine benefits. Instead of a discussion about living with covid, let's actually wait and see what happens when near universal vaccination has been achieved.
This morning I was reading the study on I think Pfizer which is now formly approved by US FDA, not emergency approval.
- 5 times less likely to get CV
- 29 times less likely to end up in hosipital from CV
The problem with getting on top of CV faster via vaccinations is that its not deadly enough. I'm sure if it was like Ebola the hard core anti-vaxers would be hiding in fear in their caves and the rest of the middle ground would be jabbing up.
UAE annouced last week that all emirates but Dubai will need to have kids vaxed to go back to school with monthly PCR, non-vaxed must get PCR each week. Dubai Emirate said kids don't need to be vaxed, but online learning in the private sector (majority of schools) will end on 1st Oct. So both systems are basically saying you don't have a choice.
I was listening to radio listeners feed back and usual respose. "I'm normally the mum (English) who takes their kids for their usual childhood vaccines without care of where its from, what type it is and who made it. But now as we are all arm chair experts in CV vaccines for this I think my kids will probably get regular PCR." WTF???
All UAE residents and citizens must renew our vaccination within 6 weeks of 6mth from last dose to get access to many services and in any cases employment.
Of Interest Gold Sachs Bank in USA annouced today that no vaccine, no entry to building, employee or customer. Another airline (Swiss) annouced to its flight crew, no vax, no job as too many issues getting access to countries if not vaxed. I'd expect enearly all international airlines to make this a requirement for all its on board crew by end of year as condition of employment.
UAE is 84% single jab and today 75% double jab. Our positive cases are down below 1000 / day for first time in 9mths and death rate around 2/day (total population 10m). International Travel is open and only Abu Dhabi has quaratine for some countries and overall some coutries are still blocked and Sub-cont expats must be vaccinated in the UAE to return to the UAE. So I think overall we are close to reaping the full vaccine benefits.
As Aaron pointed out, Globally we still have countries expressing vaccine snobbery, which will make travel more difficult than in the past even for those vaccinated especially those in developing nations not able to get the Pfizer/Moderna. AZ I suspect will be no more by the end of the year in developed nations although Sinopharm will likely kick on for some time as cheap and easy to roll out despite limited life and effaacicy it does help. Likely the future will be any nMRNA vaccine is the recognised vaccine for travel.