A fourth wave of Covid-19 now surging across the United Kingdom doesn’t have to become a reality as well in Sweden as long as people keep getting vaccinated as quickly as possible.foto: Martin Sanchez via unsplash
A fourth wave of Covid-19 now surging across the United Kingdom doesn’t have to become a reality as well in Sweden as long as people keep getting vaccinated as quickly as possible.
That optimistic prediction comes even with the dominance of the Delta variant, which is proving to be harder to stop with just one dose of vaccine.
With one of the world’s fastest vaccination campaigns and strict public health measures after Christmas, the U.K. was a beacon of hope for Sweden. In mid-May, while much of Sweden was still deep into third-wave cases, the U.K. was opening restaurants and bars, having curbed infection rates so much it had days when not a single person died of COVID-19.
But in the weeks since, the Delta variant is proving its heft, pushing infections in the U.K. from below 2,000 a day in the third week of May to more than 26,000 a day over the last week.
While the U.K. outpaced Sweden early on vaccines _ and still does on second doses _ there are some differences between the two inoculation programs including waiting to lift most restrictions until more people were vaccinated.
“The answer to variants is not ‘Oh my God, the vaccines don’t work,’ because some people are occasionally getting infected. With the end of the summer and the arrival of the first chills, normal colds and other virus that propagate in the cold will be most likely spread faster and even fully vaccinated people, should be aware and take precautions.
“We should be saying let’s all get vaccinated, so that we can reduce the likelihood that variants that are even more capable of getting around our defences will emerge.”