The United Kingdom is very vaccinated in opposition to COVID, but it surely additionally has the worst charge of recent COVID infections in all of western Europe proper now. Eight instances the speed in France. Six instances the speed in Germany. Twenty instances the speed in Spain.
To a vaccine-skeptic, which may look like proof that the jabs don’t work. It’s not. The vaccines are doing precisely what they’re purported to do: Lowering the speed of extreme sickness and holding folks out of hospitals.
The issue is that, as excessive because the U.Ok.’s vaccine charge is, it’s not excessive sufficient to dam the SARS-CoV-2 virus’s transmission pathways and obtain population-level “herd immunity,” particularly contemplating that vaccine uptake is slowing fast. And plenty of of those that are already vaccinated are about to lose a few of their safety as their antibodies and T-cells fade.