In September a massive study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found no discernible relationship between levels of vaccination and COVID-19 case rates.
Now a new study published by ASC Publications finds that COVID-19 vaccine-resistant mutations strongly correlate with vaccination rates.
In the September study, scientists investigated the relationship between the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to new COVID-19 cases across 68 countries and across 2947 counties in the US.
At the country level, they found that there appears to be no relationship whatsoever between how many people are fully vaccinated and the number of COVID-19 cases.
In fact, the researchers say, the trend line suggests a positive association between countries with a higher percentage of the population fully vaccinated and a higher rate of COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.
Israel with over most of their population fully vaccinated, and 25% of their population having had booster shots, has the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. The majority of people in the hospital with severe COVID cases in Israel, England, Scotland, Wales, and a few other countries, are also fully vaccinated.
The study noted that “the lack of a meaningful association between percentage population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases are further exemplified, for instance, by comparison of Iceland and Portugal.”
Both countries have the vast majority of their population fully vaccinated and have more COVID cases per 1 million people than countries such as Vietnam and South Africa that have a very small number of their population fully vaccinated.
The study continues:
“Across the US counties too, the median new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days are largely similar across the categories of percent population fully vaccinated. Notably, there is also substantial county variation in new COVID-19 cases within categories of percentage population fully vaccinated. There also appears to be no significant signaling of COVID-19 cases decreasing with higher percentages of the population fully vaccinated.”
“Of the top 5 counties that have the highest percentage of the population fully vaccinated (99.9–84.3%), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies 4 of them as “High” Transmission counties.“
Vaccines and Resistant Strains
Now a new study entitled ‘Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 Evolution Revealing Vaccine-Resistant Mutations in Europe and America,’ concludes that the more vaccinated a population becomes, the more likely a vaccine-resistant strain of the virus is going to come from that population.
From the study:
“By tracking the evolutionary trajectories of vaccine-resistant mutations in more than 2.2 million SARS-CoV-2 genomes, we reveal that the occurrence and frequency of vaccine-resistant mutations correlate strongly with the vaccination rates in Europe and America. We anticipate that as a complementary transmission pathway, vaccine-breakthrough or antibody-resistant mutations, like those in Omicron, will become a dominating mechanism of SARS-CoV-2 evolution when most of the world’s population is either vaccinated or infected.”
Another recent study published on medRxiv shows that fully vaccinated people are more likely to carry more resistant and more infectious variants.
Data released in October from the UK also show that the covid vaccine may actually prevent the vaccinated population from acquiring full immunity even after they have been infected with the virus following vaccination.
According to the report, the vaccine interferes with your body’s natural ability after infection to produce antibodies against not just the spike protein but other pieces of the virus. Vaccinated people as opposed to unvaccinated people with natural infection, don’t seem to be producing antibodies to the nucleocapsid protein, the shell of the virus, which is a crucial part of the response.