Ireland Sees Rising COVID Cases and Deaths Despite Highest Vaccine Uptake

Commentary For the second month running Ireland has been ranked top in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking of the world’s 53 biggest economies. Its report claims the Republic is now reopening after vaccinating more than 90 percent of its adult population. Alongside its praise for the Emerald Isles, the Blomberg report includes a cautionary, even contradictory note: “With daily cases currently at their highest level since January, Ireland’s continued success will depend on widespread vaccination severing the link between easing curbs and virus spread.” Here it is referring to the need for a nationwide booster jab programme. But how can a country with one of the highest vaccination rates in the world currently be facing a resurgence of COVID cases and deaths? So far around 7.3 million vaccine doses have been administered. The very first vaccination was given to 79-year old Annie Lynch on Dec. 29, 2020, and one month later 2 percent of the population had been vaccinated. It took until July for 50 percent of its adult population to have been fully vaccinated. This was still far short of its goal of reaching herd immunity, which the World Health Organization (WHO) defines as: “Protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection.” The WHO’s preference is for immunity through vaccination, and this has become the accepted view in most Western Countries with vaccination certificates being demanded rather than proof of natural immunity gained through having had the virus, which the CDC estimates accounts now for more than a quarter of the US population. COVID cases also surged in Israel this summer, which likewise has a highly vaccinated population. Its Ministry of Health reported that just 1 percent of new cases had previously had COVID-!9. That is, the vast majority of the other 99 percent were relying on vaccine protection that failed them. Dvir Aran, a scientist at the Israel Institute of Technology concluded: “The data suggest that the recovered have better protection than people who were vaccinated.” As to exactly what percentage of people need to be vaccinated to achieve “unnatural” herd immunity, the WHO claims it “varies with each disease.” For measles it suggests 95 percent, and for polio 80 percent but it admits that for COVID-19 it is not known other than it would involve, “a substantial proportion of the population.” Dr. Colm Henry, Ireland’s chief clinical officer, believes the figure for the original COVID virus was 60 percent but, due to the arrival of the Delta variant, he claims: “The estimate has gone up to 85-90 per cent.” And, as he is referring to Ireland’s total population, it means that Ireland’s young children will also have to be vaccinated. Henry acknowledges this could pose risks and he argues that a balance would need to be considered between “what is a very low risk” to children from being infected by the virus “against any risks the vaccine may have in younger age groups.” Worldometers.info lists Ireland’s total death rate on Jan. 1 of this year to have been 2,248. By Oct. 25, an extra 3,188 fatalities raised that total up to 5,436—around a 60 percent increase on last year. Most of those fatalities occurred in January and February, prior to its mass vaccination programme taking off. This was then followed by a steep decline, suggesting the programme was initially successful. However, since July, its fatality numbers have begun to rise again, and this has continued exponentially. The CDC in America now acknowledges that vaccine protection drops with time and Paul Alexander, a former Trump administration COVID-19 advisor, claims: “The marked pronounced change in vaccine effectiveness is likely due to the emergence of the Delta variant as the dominant variant, and the waning of vaccine immunity over time.” The Delta variant was identified in India in October 2020 and the World Health Organisation has now listed thousands of mutations of SARS-CoV-2. The first it classified to be Very High Risk was found in South Africa in May 2020. Others were then identified in London in September 2020, and Brazil in November 2020. A second London variant was found in January 2021, and others appeared in Peru in August 2020, and Columbia in January 2021. Yet the idea that coronaviruses have the capacity to mutate so quickly has been challenged by Eoghan De Barra, a consultant in infectious diseases at Beaumont hospital, Dublin, who claims that COVID actually takes a very long time to change. His bombshell view is also supported by Professor Dr. S. Bhakdi, founder of the virology department at the University of Mainz, Germany, who explained in June 2020 that the genes in coronaviruses are more closely bonded together than in flu viruses, which makes it harder for them to mutate and easier for the body’s immune system to recognize. Now Ireland’s National Immunization Advisory Committee (NI

Ireland Sees Rising COVID Cases and Deaths Despite Highest Vaccine Uptake

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For the second month running Ireland has been ranked top in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking of the world’s 53 biggest economies. Its report claims the Republic is now reopening after vaccinating more than 90 percent of its adult population.

Alongside its praise for the Emerald Isles, the Blomberg report includes a cautionary, even contradictory note: “With daily cases currently at their highest level since January, Ireland’s continued success will depend on widespread vaccination severing the link between easing curbs and virus spread.” Here it is referring to the need for a nationwide booster jab programme.

But how can a country with one of the highest vaccination rates in the world currently be facing a resurgence of COVID cases and deaths?

So far around 7.3 million vaccine doses have been administered. The very first vaccination was given to 79-year old Annie Lynch on Dec. 29, 2020, and one month later 2 percent of the population had been vaccinated. It took until July for 50 percent of its adult population to have been fully vaccinated.

This was still far short of its goal of reaching herd immunity, which the World Health Organization (WHO) defines as: “Protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection.”

The WHO’s preference is for immunity through vaccination, and this has become the accepted view in most Western Countries with vaccination certificates being demanded rather than proof of natural immunity gained through having had the virus, which the CDC estimates accounts now for more than a quarter of the US population.

COVID cases also surged in Israel this summer, which likewise has a highly vaccinated population. Its Ministry of Health reported that just 1 percent of new cases had previously had COVID-!9. That is, the vast majority of the other 99 percent were relying on vaccine protection that failed them. Dvir Aran, a scientist at the Israel Institute of Technology concluded: “The data suggest that the recovered have better protection than people who were vaccinated.”

As to exactly what percentage of people need to be vaccinated to achieve “unnatural” herd immunity, the WHO claims it “varies with each disease.” For measles it suggests 95 percent, and for polio 80 percent but it admits that for COVID-19 it is not known other than it would involve, “a substantial proportion of the population.”

Dr. Colm Henry, Ireland’s chief clinical officer, believes the figure for the original COVID virus was 60 percent but, due to the arrival of the Delta variant, he claims: “The estimate has gone up to 85-90 per cent.” And, as he is referring to Ireland’s total population, it means that Ireland’s young children will also have to be vaccinated.

Henry acknowledges this could pose risks and he argues that a balance would need to be considered between “what is a very low risk” to children from being infected by the virus “against any risks the vaccine may have in younger age groups.”

Worldometers.info lists Ireland’s total death rate on Jan. 1 of this year to have been 2,248. By Oct. 25, an extra 3,188 fatalities raised that total up to 5,436—around a 60 percent increase on last year. Most of those fatalities occurred in January and February, prior to its mass vaccination programme taking off. This was then followed by a steep decline, suggesting the programme was initially successful.

However, since July, its fatality numbers have begun to rise again, and this has continued exponentially.

The CDC in America now acknowledges that vaccine protection drops with time and Paul Alexander, a former Trump administration COVID-19 advisor, claims: “The marked pronounced change in vaccine effectiveness is likely due to the emergence of the Delta variant as the dominant variant, and the waning of vaccine immunity over time.”

The Delta variant was identified in India in October 2020 and the World Health Organisation has now listed thousands of mutations of SARS-CoV-2. The first it classified to be Very High Risk was found in South Africa in May 2020. Others were then identified in London in September 2020, and Brazil in November 2020. A second London variant was found in January 2021, and others appeared in Peru in August 2020, and Columbia in January 2021.

Yet the idea that coronaviruses have the capacity to mutate so quickly has been challenged by Eoghan De Barra, a consultant in infectious diseases at Beaumont hospital, Dublin, who claims that COVID actually takes a very long time to change.

His bombshell view is also supported by Professor Dr. S. Bhakdi, founder of the virology department at the University of Mainz, Germany, who explained in June 2020 that the genes in coronaviruses are more closely bonded together than in flu viruses, which makes it harder for them to mutate and easier for the body’s immune system to recognize.

Now Ireland’s National Immunization Advisory Committee (NIAC) has advised its government not to include healthcare workers in its COVID booster roll-out. De Bara explained this decision to the Irish Times: “Most Healthcare workers have adequate immune systems, and it is unlikely they will need serial boosters as COVID doesn’t change at the same rate that flu does.”

This was a complete reversal of the government’s previous policy in January, suggesting it is undergoing a major rethink. Then, out of the first 94,000 vaccines that were administered, 71,000 (76 percent) were prioritised for those very same healthcare workers, over the elderly who were most at risk of dying from the disease.

The Irish government’s vaccine booster program is being made available for all over-60s—unless, it appears, they are frontline health care workers. This will now begin in January or February of next year as this third jab is understood to be most effective when administered five to six months after receiving the second one.

And the biggest take-up of vaccines in Ireland, particularly the second jab, took place during the months of July and August 2021, which were the very same months that fatalities began to rise again in Ireland.

Could there be a correlation between those two events?

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Andrew Davies is a UK-based video producer and writer. His award-winning video on underage sex abuse helped Barnardos children’s charity change UK law, while his documentary “Batons, Bows and Bruises: A History of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,” ran for six years on the Sky Arts Channel.