Covid patients in intensive care now almost all unvaccinated
The “continuing horror” of breathless patients in hospital is now “largely limited” to unvaccinated people,Professor Sir Andrew Pollard told the Guardian.
Even though the more transmissible Delta variant continues to infect thousands of people, most of those who are fully vaccinated will only experience “mild infections” which are “little more than a nasty inconvenience,” said the head of the Oxford jab program.
It comes as a new wave of infections erupts across Europe, with German Health Minister Jens Spahn declaring that by the end of this winter “almost everyone in Germany will have been vaccinated, cured or died” .
About 68% of the German population is fully vaccinated. The German government has said it wants that figure to exceed 75% to reduce the spread as effectively as possible.
In the UK, over 50 million first doses (88.2%) and 46 million second doses (80.2%) have been administered across the country.
A total of 14 million people in the UK have also already received their booster shots, ensuring crucial protection before winter.
Write for the Guardian, Pollard said: “Among the general public, the pandemic is still viewed as a silent plague, made visible in images of patients struggling for their next breath … This ongoing horror, which takes place in intensive care units in Grande -Brittany, is now largely limited to unvaccinated people
“Generally, Covid-19 is no longer a disease of the vaccinated; vaccines tend to limit his suffocating affliction, with a few exceptions.
However, Pollard, one of those behind the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, said Covid will put further pressure on the NHS this winter – with unvaccinated patients needing intensive care and double-needle patients who are more elderly and frail still at risk of “life threatening” “health problems.
“The latest wave of the virus in the UK, which is now increasing rapidly in parts of Europe, will directly translate into a flow of mostly unvaccinated patients entering intensive care,” he said in the article co-authored with Professor Brian Angus, Professor of Infectious Disease. illness at the University of Oxford. “To prevent serious illness, these people need the first and second doses of the vaccine as soon as possible.
“For those of us fortunate enough to have been vaccinated before, the story now looks very different. For most people who have been vaccinated, these mild infections are little more than a nasty inconvenience. “
But for those who are very fragile, immunocompromised, or have underlying health issues, Pollard and Angus said, Covid infections can still be “enough to destabilize them” and cause “serious life-threatening health issues. in danger which add to the pressure on the NHS ”.
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