Most scientists that are in favor of the COVID-19 vaccines claim that they are highly effective at reducing the risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms. But multiple studies have shown that the vaccine barely reduces symptoms and virus transmissibility. (Related: Top scientists release study warning against COVID-19 vaccines, demand an immediate end to vaccinations.)
Another study published on Sept. 30 adds to the growing list of evidence that proves the ineffectiveness of vaccines.
This study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal, has found no apparent relationship between vaccine acceptance rates and decreasing COVID-19 cases.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the Turner Fenton Secondary School in Canada. It relied on data gathered online regarding COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates in 168 countries and 2,947 counties in the United States.
The study concluded that higher vaccination rates did not result in fewer COVID-19 cases.
"At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last seven days," wrote the researchers. "In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per one million people."
The researchers compared countries like Iceland and Portugal, which both have over 75 percent of their population fully vaccinated at the time they conducted the study, to countries like Vietnam and South Africa which only have around 10 percent of their population fully vaccinated. Iceland and Portugal have more COVID-19 cases per one million people than Vietnam and South Africa.
The researchers came to a similar conclusion after examining nearly all the counties in the United States. They said there "appears to be no significant signaling of COVID-19 cases decreasing with higher percentages of population fully vaccinated."
"The sole reliance on vaccination as a primary strategy to mitigate COVID-19 and its adverse consequences needs to be re-examined, especially considering the delta (B.1.617.2) variant and the likelihood of future variants," wrote the researchers.
The researchers said public health strategies need to focus more on non-vaccine pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. "Such course correction, especially with regards to the policy narrative, becomes paramount with emerging scientific evidence on real world effectiveness of the vaccines."
Jonathan Miltimore, the managing editor of the Foundation for Economic Education, wrote that the findings by the Harvard and Turner Fenton researchers can help so-called public health experts explain why some of America's states with the highest vaccination rates like Vermont and Maine are currently dealing with disastrous COVID-19 outbreaks.
"In fact, Vermont has the highest vaccination rate in the country," wrote Miltimore. "Among those 65 years and older, 99.9 percent are fully vaccinated, and 74 percent of those 18 to 64 are fully vaccinated."
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are all experiencing growing COVID-19 case rates as of Oct. 1. All of the northeastern states listed above have extremely high COVID-19 vaccination rates.
Miltimore compared the situation in New England with that of California. The Golden State's vaccination rate lags behind many states that are struggling with COVID-19. Despite this, it has a case rate lower than most of New England states.
Experts believe the explanation lies in natural immunity, not the immunity supposedly acquired through vaccinations.
During last winter's surge in COVID-19 cases, New England was relatively unscathed compared to California. Hospitals in the Golden State were overwhelmed and death rates hit their peaks. But the state's residents emerged from it with a significant amount of natural immunity.
"Maine is paying the price of not having had big numbers of cases," said Dr. Shira Doron, an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. "They don't have natural immunity to help."
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