By Ron Howells • 14 July 2021 • 9:31
Delta variant removes group immunity forcing 90% to be vaccinated, image: Pixabay
The Delta coronavirus variant removes the group immunity target, forcing 90% to be vaccinated.
The Spanish Government’s goal was to reach 70% of the population by mid-August with two doses, which was an approximate calculation to achieve the desired collective immunity, but the mutation of the virus has left that figure behind: some experts are now saying the ideal situation is to approach 90%.
European citizens are obsessed with a figure: 70% of the population vaccinated with the complete regimen. For months, the leaders of the EU committed to reaching that percentage before the end of the summer of 2021, so far, in Spain, 46.7% of the population have been fully vaccinated.
The barrier is 70% because it is assumed that with that percentage group immunity against COVID-19 is achieved, that is, there are so many people protected that the virus no longer has a way to circulate and, although it continues with us, it no longer it’s so dangerous. With the delta variant entering the scenario, the calculation could change and more percentages might be required to achieve this effect.
However, experts warn that in reality, 70% was never a fixed number and that it will be necessary to get more people vaccinated, due to the Delta, or with the Alpha variant- in other words, the immunisation campaign must continue.
The Delta variant, first detected in India – which now accounts for more than 90% of new Covid cases in the UK – has raised concerns as it appears to be somewhat more resistant to vaccines than the Alpha variant that was first detected in Kent and previously dominated in the UK.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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