We are only at 12.8% fully vaccinated here with 1.55m doses given (only 628k fully) We have a population of around 5m, so we are somewhere between India and Brazil. Not that brilliant really, but no-one has died since the middle of last year (the ones that died were mostly rest homers with some medical conditions). No-one's in hospital as far as I am aware, even though a number have tested positive, and we seem to be letting known positive people in every day, ( just had a bunch of sick fisherman from a big trawler in, plus another one a while back).
Our travel to Aust has been put on hold due to their new outbreak, and a number of Kiwis are stuck over there yet again. On the bright side, we can still go to the Cook Islands/Rarotonga. I was looking at some cases on YT of reactions to some of the vaccines in the US, and there have been a number of rather nasty ones,-partial paralysis, constant headaches, painful burning tingling hands etc within a day or so of having a jab.
Makes you think, if you see 10 cases on YT, how many other cases don't you hear about? Reminds me of what a pest control guy said to me years ago, when we had a rat problem in a timber yard I worked in. He said, "if you see one rat, there will be another 20 or more nearby", and he was later proved correct when we dug up an old drain.
They can't stop the common cold, so how did they come up with this vaccine in 1 year ( think about how much money the drug companies are making out of all this, for something which is not even 100% effective.) The (eg) 50k + deaths a year in the US from the flu, seem to have been forgotten about with this new virus.
Covid deaths in 2020 (US) 625k 29,400,000 recovered out of around 35,082m cases,
Flu deaths 2020 (US) 24k-62k cases 39m- 56m
Considering the flu has been around for centuries and has probably killed many millions of people up till now, this new virus is probably like the flu was to us perhaps in medieval times. We've had the Black Plague, Measles, Chicken Pox, Ebola, Spanish flu and a dozen other things trying to kill us, but we've survived all those to still be here destroying the earth. perhaps someone's trying to tell us something😀
A small piece from the statistics on US flu which I found relevant (regarding reporting) -might be the same with covid? (even though it's reportable)
What does the cumulative burden of influenza for the 2019-2020 season mean?
The cumulative burden of influenza is an estimate of the number of people who have been sick, seen a healthcare provider, been hospitalized, or died as a result of influenza since October 01, 2018. CDC does not know the exact number of people who have been sick and affected by influenza because influenza is not a reportable disease in most areas of the United States. However, these numbers are estimated using a mathematical model, based on observed rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations.