The United Kingdom (UK) follows a pattern observed by TrialSite in other heavily vaccinated nations. From Singapore and Iceland to Israel countries with high vaccination rates struggle to overcome the pandemic. As a combination of breakthrough and new infections rise, breakthrough infections skyrocket in cohorts such as the age 40 to 49 group. A new mutant variant arrives--Delta Plus, or AY.4.2, while the nation experiences the highest number of cases since mid-summer despite nearly 90% of the population 12 and above being vaccinated. While hospitalization and death rates are far lower than previous surges thanks to a confluence of factors including vaccination, both are on the rise despite near-universal vaccination. However, with waning immunity, booster programs commence as the focus is on inoculating younger people. The UK now contemplates a “Plan B” (mandatory masks and vaccine passport) with a far more draconian “Plan C” waiting in the wings.
The Situation in the UK
According to Our World in Data 74% of the UK’s 68.4 million people have received at least one jab while nearly 68% have been fully immunized. However, of the population aged 12 and above, Public Health Engl...
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