Iceland has proven that the COVID-19 vaccine works, said a leading infectious disease expert in the United States.
Most new infections are among vaccinated people, but very few go to the hospital.
The country has not recorded the death of COVID-19 since May 25th.
The status of COVID-19 in Iceland is The vaccine works, Experts on major infectious diseases in the United States say.
Iceland has reported 2,847 new infections in the past month. Most are due to the highly infectious Delta variant, most due to fully vaccinated people. According to official statistics.. This is the highest number of new infections in the month since the pandemic began, and vaccines seem to play a role. The majority of new infections are mild in the worst case.
Of the 1,239 Icelanders recorded as infected with COVID-19 on Sunday, only 3% were hospitalized.
Since May 25, no COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in this country. According to government statistics When Our world in Oxford University data.
Carlos Del Rio, a prominent professor of medicine in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine, Said on twitter on sunday “Iceland has proven that the vaccine works.”
Brandon Guthrie, an epidemiologist and professor of global health at the University of Washington, Told the Washington Post “The fact that there are few cases of death or serious illness in the context of a large surge should be absolutely regarded as at least a partial victory.”
Iceland has fully vaccinated 70.6% of its population and is ranked fourth in the world in terms of vaccination deployment. The three countries with the highest vaccination rates are Malta (80.5%), United Arab Emirates (73.7%) and Singapore (73.1%).
For comparison, 50.7% of Americans are fully vaccinated. According to the CDC. The world average is 23.6%.
Most Icelanders received a shot of Pfizer, This is about 88% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 According to actual UK data, it is caused by a delta mutation after two doses.
Vaccines from Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson are also used in this country.
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As of Monday There were 306 Icelanders between the ages of 18 and 29 who are currently isolated, but only four Icelanders over the age of 90. According to government data. Over 98.2% of people aged 90 and over in Iceland are fully vaccinated, while 79.8% of people aged 16-29 are fully vaccinated.
Despite the success of national vaccination, Icelandic health officials maintain COVID-19 limits at least to August 27.. This means that the maximum number of gatherings is 200, the social distance is 1 meter, face masks are recommended in crowded areas, and curfew at 11 pm applies at bars and restaurants. Only seated guests can drink alcohol.
on Thursday, The country has begun to give additional booster doses to recipients J & J single dose COVID-19 vaccine -and Immunodeficiency..
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has recorded 9,522 infections and 30 deaths. According to government data.
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