What we appear to know at this point is that the Delta (Indian) variant puts more unvaccinated people into the hospital and it attacks both young and old alike. We have data on the effectiveness of existing vaccines against Delta. They do work, but not quite as well against Delta as against the original virus. The Pfizer vax was 92% effective against the original virus, but only 79% effective against Delta according to Scottish data. Those are still good numbers and most people will be helped by the vax. We don’t have comparable data for Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson vaccines as yet, but there is no reason to expect massively different results. We’ll see.
Ultimately, we will need another round of vaccination, hopefully in pill form, and this may become an annual routine. There’s no sign of the virus going away on its own.
And as we reduce…
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