Despite Near-Total Vaccination, Iceland Experiences Its Worse Delta-driven Pandemic Surge

Despite Near Total Vaccination Iceland Experiences Its Worse Delta-driven Pandemic Surge

What’s becoming clear is that the most heavily vaccinated nations are in some ways an indicator for what can or will happen with COVID-19 in the future. For example, in Iceland, one of the most vaccinated populations on the planet at 75.8% with at least one jab and about 71.3% fully vaccinated, the number of cases due to Delta are on the rise as the vaccines are not leading to herd immunity as predicted by many. In fact, Iceland is experiencing its worst outbreak of the pandemic, despite the heavily vaccinated population. With an accelerating Delta variant, it becomes clear that those vaccinated get infected with ease, and the vaccinated are becoming spreaders of Delta, much like TrialSite has found in other heavily vaccinated nations. There is a positive in that the rate of serious illness has declined due to the vaccinations, reports Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist, Þórólfur Guðnason, but many assumptions will have to be reset moving forward.

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