Covid in Israel
Israel is showing that the Pfizer vaccine seems to wear off within months, especially with older people.
It doesn’t mean the vaccine doesn’t work at all, but it’s not as effective as originally was thought – especially against the Delta variant.
I’m not anti-vaxx or conspiracy theorist. I have had two Pfizer jabs, less to protect myself than to help bring the country out of lockdown and try get back to normal – but that’s it. I will not be trying any new experimental vaccines, as new covid variants appear.
It is not wrong or callous to ask questions about covid. It's nasty, but the original purpose was to prevent overload upon health services, and in the meantime other very serious medical cases have been unable to get treatment, and the travel industry has effectively been extinguished imo
How will the pandemic end?
"After months of encouraging trendlines, July’s dramatic spike in global COVID-19 infections has dimmed the proverbial light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.
In May, coronavirus cases were declining across the U.S., parts of Europe, and the Middle Eastas vaccination rates rose, spurring an easing of social and travel restrictions and a wave of business reopenings. But in the U.S., at least, any celebration was short-lived. By July, vaccination rates flatlined and highly transmissible coronavirus variants swept the nation, forcing health officials to reimpose masking recommendations and call for increased inoculations.
The World Health Organization declared
COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. After 17 grueling and chaotic months, weary people are wondering: When will
the pandemic finally end?
“Even among the scientific community, you would get really different answers,” says Rachael Piltch-Loeb
, a researcher and fellow with the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “There is no one definition of what the end of a pandemic means.”
A pandemic is by definition a global crisis. Lifting some U.S. public health measures and interventions “gave people a sense that the panic was waning,” Piltch-Loeb says. That euphoria blinded many to the worldwide reality, which remains bleak.
“Until this [virus] is controlled or more limited globally, it’s not going away,” Piltch-Loeb says. That means declaring the pandemic’s “end” may be a distant goal, requiring different conditions depending on who’s asked.
Where do diseases go?
When the worldwide spread of a disease is brought under control in a localized area, it’s no longer a pandemic but an epidemic, according to the WHO. If COVID-19 persists globally at what the WHO judges to be “expected or normal levels,” the organization will then re-designate the disease “endemic.”
… WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week reinstated a goal
of vaccinating at least 10 percent of every nation’s population by September, with the loftier goal of reaching 40 percent global inoculation by year’s end and 70 percent by mid-2022.
To date, though, just 28 percent
of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. And vaccine distribution remains wildly lopsided. The European Union has nearly three-fourths of its eligible population
at least partially inoculated; the U.S. has vaccinated 68 percent of people
12 and older.
But other nations that have lost many people to COVID-19—including Indonesia, India, and many of the countries in Africa—are working at a much slower pace. That’s in part because Covax, the United-Nations-backed program to vaccinate the world, has struggled to acquire and deliver vaccines for the world’s poorest countries. This week, the WHO issued a plea for wealthy countries to donate vaccine doses
to poorer nations before offering booster shots to their own populations …