High vaccination rate leads to high COVID death rate in New Zealand.
- New Zealand’s population is 84.5% vaccinated (81.1% “fully”) against COVID-19, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data cited by Google.
- The CDC claims that COVID vaccines are “safe and effective” and that they “reduce the risk of COVID-19, including the risk of severe illness and death among people who are fully vaccinated.”
- But highly vaccinated New Zealanders are now dying from COVID-19 at “record rates,” according to Reuters.
- “Deaths from the virus reached 151 in the seven days to July 16, compared with 115 in the worst week of the previous wave, in March, according to Health Ministry data. In the latest 24 hours, 26 people died from COVID, all aged over 60, the ministry said in a statement on Friday,” the news agency reports.
- There have been 64,780 active cases in the past seven days, although authorities say many infections are unreported.
- New Zealand’s high vaccination rate and subsequent high COVID infection, hospitalization, and death rates raise questions about the vaccine’s efficacy.
CDC PUTS HIGHLY VACCINATED NEW ZEALAND AT “LEVEL THREE: HIGH LEVEL” WARNING:
- The CDC now warns that the highly vaccinated country has been given the following travel warning designation: “Level 3: High Level of COVID-19 in New Zealand.”
- Even though the country is experiencing higher COVID infection, hospitalization, and death rates following most of the population being fully vaccinated, the CDC is still recommending travelers stay “up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to New Zealand.”
- However, the CDC then admits that “Even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you may still be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19.”
- New Zealand has 5.1 million citizens.
- The country’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, instituted “economically crippling” lockdown measures that only delayed “inevitable” infections that could have built-up immunity.