Gibraltar has cancelled Christmas events after a “dramatic” rise in COVID cases linked to waning immunity of the COVID vaccine.
The tiny British territory, which has a population of just under 34,000, has seen cases escalate over the last month.
In March, Gibraltar was lauded as the “most vaccinated place on earth” after the entire population had received the jab, but their early success could be their undoing.
Health officials in the British territory announced 124 new COVID cases over the weekend and an average of 56 over the past seven days.
This comes after Gibraltar was seeing an average of under 10 COVID cases a day in September.
The number of active cases sits at 474 – roughly 1.3 per cent of the population – as of November 17.
The recent spike is the biggest surge the tiny population has seen since January 2021.
Gibraltar has administered at least 94,469 doses of COVID vaccines so far and assuming every person needs two doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 140.2 percent of the country’s population.
The Lancet medical journal released figures that showed the Pfizer vaccine effectiveness in preventing hospitalisation and death remained high at 90 percent for at least six months, even against Delta.
The data suggests that the drop is due to waning efficacy, rather than more contagious variants, researchers said.
With Gibraltar vaccinating its entire population months ago, the Government is facing the issue of waning immunity.
This has seen restrictions reintroduced with mandatory mask laws for indoor spaces and public transport, and health officials are urging locals to cancel Christmas plans.
Note: Dr. Michael Olsterholm, Univ. Minnesota, is author of the pre-Covid Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs . He is definitely pro-vaccine. On November 18 however he said that as this pandemic has progressed he must say it is “far from over” and ‘the more I know about this virus, the less I know“.
On a personal note, due to age considerations I am “fully” vaxxed. I am also quite familiar with the arguments, theories and statistical interpretations of those who are suspicious of the current vaccine regime. I don’t regret my decisions considering the numbers of people who have perished worldwide since this all began. But I refuse to participate in the smug authoritarian attitudes of elites who politically exploit this virus into Orwellian directions to leverage unprecedented powers. That is a repugnant intolerable posture I believe which must be resisted politically. — SH