USA: 53% vaccine breakthrough in Teton County, Wyoming

In the last two weeks (August 15-29), 372 confirmed active COVID-19 cases were reported in Teton County. 53 percent of those were breakthrough cases. That means vaccinated individuals tested positive for the virus. Teton County is the most highly vaccinated county in the state, over 70 percent of the county’s population is vaccinated.  This week Teton County said it has met the CDC’s red level for high-risk transmission.

Wyomingpublicmedia.org report

 

 

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UK: Why are 50% of Covid deaths fully vaccinated?

We’ll let Meaghan Kall, an epidemiologist with Public Health England, explain why 50% of UK Covid deaths are fully vaccinated:

 

 

So, what you are saying, Meaghan, is that a disproportionate number of over-50s are dying of Covid this year because so many are vaccinated? But weren’t they dying last year because they weren’t vaccinated?

If you had told the over-50s earlier this year, when they rolled up their sleeve to be vaccinated, that, just 6 months later, their chances of dying from Covid would be the same if they were vaccinated or unvaccinated, how many would have chosen to go ahead with the vaccination?

Given the obvious deterioration in the efficacy of the vaccines, how can you be sure that the figures you quote for hospitalizations won’t also decline in a couple of months? That is already happening in Israel.

A 50% failure rate is not acceptable for any product, let alone a vaccine, and Covid vaccines are not being held to account for their dismal performance. The vaccines were oversold and have underachieved.

We need better than this. Much better. 

 

UK: Vaccine breakthrough rate for Delta infections is 23% in Technical Briefing 22

 

 

 

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UK: Why the JVCI are NOT recommending vaccinations for children aged 12yrs – 15yrs

“Overall, the committee is of the opinion that the benefits from vaccination are marginally greater than the potential known harms but acknowledges that there is considerable uncertainty regarding the magnitude of the potential harms. The margin of benefit, based primarily on a health perspective, is considered too small to support advice on a universal programme of vaccination of otherwise healthy 12 to 15-year-old children at this time. As longer-term data on potential adverse reactions accrue, greater certainty may allow for a reconsideration of the benefits and harms. Such data may not be available for several months.”

“The available data indicate that the clinical manifestations of myocarditis following vaccination are typically self-limiting and resolves within a short time. However, the clinical picture is atypical and the medium to long-term (months to years) prognosis, including the possibility of persistence of tissue damage resulting from inflammation, is currently uncertain as sufficient follow-up time has not yet occurred.”

Full JVCI Statement here

 

 

 

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USA: 40% vaccine breakthrough in Massachusetts last week

Breakthrough infections accounted for about 40% of all cases reported in Massachusetts last week. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has tracked a cumulative 19,443 confirmed COVID-19 infections among those fully vaccinated in the state to date and a total of 144 deaths.

NBCBoston.com report

 

 

 

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Japan finds Moderna vaccine vials contaminated with stainless steel

Moderna and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd on Wednesday said they are working with Japanese authorities to recall three batches of COVID-19 vaccine after an investigation found stainless steel contaminants in some vials.

Japan’s health ministry said on Wednesday, based on information from the companies’ investigation, that it did not believe the particles of stainless steel pose any additional health risk. Moderna said the stainless steel contamination probably occurred during production.

CTVnews.ca report

 

Wales: Haverfordwest woman’s arm becomes magnetic following #coronavirus jab

 

 

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UK: The Alpha variant rears its ugly head again

A big surprise in the latest UK sequencing figures show that the Alpha variant has made something of a comeback this week. Even though the percentage of Alpha cases is still tiny compared to that of Delta, the figure of more than 400 Alpha cases is the highest since mid-June 2021.

It’s unclear whether this is a localised outbreak (it may be part of the unfolding superspreader event of the Boardmasters festival in Cornwall for example), or whether these are cases scattered across the UK, but to see such a resurgence after so many weeks of Delta dominance is something of a shock as the Alpha variant was far less effective at breaking through vaccine protection than the Delta variant is.

After weeks of just a handful of Alpha cases in the UK, there is suddenly a spike of over 400 new cases:

 

Confirmation that the Delta variant has dipped recently:

Charts and data courtesy of CovSpectrum.org

 

 

 

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Vaccine breakthrough cases in Washington State to 1st September 2021

This week’s update from Washington State showing vaccine breakthrough cases and which Sars-CoV-2 variant is causing them up to 1st September 2021. This week, the Delta variant has posted another large increase for vaccine breakthroughs, and, as it is now the predominant variant in the region, will presumably continue to do so for some time to come.

Much of the backlog of virus genome sequencing that built up two weeks ago appears to have been cleared, so there is a big reduction in sequences listed under the “other” category this week. Those sequences have now been largely identified and have moved mostly to the Delta row.

 

There is a newer version of this post here

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 1st September 2021

1st Sept 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.739915%33%1
GammaP.11967%8%-2
EpsilonB.1.4291245%12%0
DeltaB.1.617.2183767%25%443
IotaB.1.526341%2%0
BetaB.1.351110%1%0
EpsilonB.1.427130%1%1
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.130%0%0
B.1.617.3B.1.617.300%0%0
OtherOther1124%18%-111
TotalTotal2733100%100%332

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 25th August 2021

25th August 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
DeltaB.1.617.2139458%18%546
AlphaB.1.1.739817%31%40
GammaP.11988%7%12
EpsilonB.1.4291245%11%7
IotaB.1.526341%2%6
EpsilonB.1.427120%1%1
BetaB.1.351110%1%1
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.130%0%0
OtherOther2239%27%-540
TotalTotal2401100%100%73

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 18th August 2021

18th August 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
DeltaB.1.617.284836%12%219
AlphaB.1.1.735815%30%6
GammaP.11868%7%4
EpsilonB.1.4291175%11%1
IotaB.1.526281%2%0
EpsilonB.1.427110%1%0
BetaB.1.351100%1%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.130%0%2
OtherOther76333%35%676
TotalTotal2328100%100%908

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 11th August 2021

11th August 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
DeltaB.1.617.262944%12%224
AlphaB.1.1.735225%39%9
GammaP.118213%9%7
EpsilonB.1.4291168%14%0
IotaB.1.526282%3%1
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
BetaB.1.351101%1%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
OtherOther876%20%37
TotalTotal1420100%100%278

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 4th August 2021

4th August 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
DeltaB.1.617.240535%10%151
AlphaB.1.1.734330%41%6
GammaP.117515%9%7
EpsilonB.1.42911610%15%0
IotaB.1.526272%3%1
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
BetaB.1.351101%1%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
OtherOther504%19%-4
Total1142100%100%161

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 28th July 2021

28th July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.733734%43%29
GammaP.116817%10%12
EpsilonB.1.42911612%15%3
DeltaB.1.617.225426%7%141
IotaB.1.526263%3%4
BetaB.1.351101%1%0
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
OtherOther546%18%4
Total981100%100%193

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 21st July 2021

21st July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.730839%44%-1
GammaP.115620%10%9
EpsilonB.1.42911314%16%0
DeltaB.1.617.211314%4%23
IotaB.1.526223%3%0
BetaB.1.351101%1%-1
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
EtaB.1.52541%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
OtherOther506%19%0
Total788100%100%30

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 14th July 2021

14th July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.730941%44%12
GammaP.114719%10%6
EpsilonB.1.42911315%16%0
DeltaB.1.617.29012%4%20
IotaB.1.526223%3%1
BetaB.1.351111%1%0
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
EtaB.1.52541%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
OtherOther496%20%0
Total757100%100%39

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 7th July 2021

7th July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.729741%44%11
GammaP.113919%9%6
EpsilonB.1.42911316%16%0
DeltaB.1.617.27010%4%30
IotaB.1.526213%3%7
BetaB.1.351112%1%1
EpsilonB.1.427112%2%0
EtaB.1.52541%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
Other497%20%0
Total716100%100%55

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 30th June 2021

30th June 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
AlphaB.1.1.728637%38%
GammaP.113317%8%
EpsilonB.1.42911315%14%
DeltaB.1.617.2405%2%
IotaB.1.526142%3%
BetaB.1.351101%1%
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%
EtaB.1.52541%0%
KappaB.1.617.110%0%
ZetaP.200%0%
Other4921%32%
Totals661100%100%

 

 

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Symptomatic Delta Covid infection rate far higher in fully vaccinated healthcare workers

“..our data suggest that vaccine effectiveness against any symptomatic disease is considerably lower against the delta variant and may wane over time since vaccination.”

 

NEJM correspondence – Resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in a Highly Vaccinated Health System Workforce

 

** One of the longer-term worries we have had at Coronaheadsup.com is that the virus might decide to somehow target vaccinated people. Let’s hope that this report is not the first evidence of that. Ed.

 

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Minnesota: 30% vaccine breakthrough in August 2021

“Nearly 30% of corona­virus infections in the first four weeks of August have involved people who were fully vaccinated, according to Minnesota breakthrough COVID-19 data released Monday. Fewer than 10% of new coronavirus infections occurred in fully vaccinated people in the weeks before June, but the rate increased this summer. In the first four weeks of August, roughly 30% of infections were in fully vaccinated individuals.”

StarTribune.com report

 

** The historical figures we have are: **

On the 10th August 2021 there were 5,599 vaccine breakthroughs, 514 hospitalizations and 57 deaths in Minnesota.

On the 30th August 2021 there were 12,559 vaccine breakthroughs, 810 hospitalizations and 80 deaths in Minnesota.

So vaccine breakthrough cases have more than doubled in the last three weeks, hospitalizations have increased by 57% and deaths have increased by 40%.

 

 

 

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Alaska: 30% vaccine breakthrough in July 2021

“For people who were vaccinated more than 150 days ago, the vaccine effectiveness is about 73% against SARS CoV-2 infection. If you’re looking just at the delta variant, then (vaccine effectiveness) drops down to about 66%.” Alaska recorded 17 COVID deaths in July. Four of those people were fully vaccinated. Of COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization in July, 19% of the patients were vaccinated. 

 

 

 

Alaska State Covid 19 COVID-19 Update – Hospitalizations, Deaths, and Vaccine Breakthrough Infections Report

Alaska State Press Release

 

 

 

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UK: 30% vaccine breakthrough rate reported by Covid App

According to ZOE COVID Study incidence figures, there are currently 51,961 new daily symptomatic cases of COVID in the UK on average, based on PCR and LFT test data from up to five days ago. This is up 19% from 43,693 new cases last week. It’s estimated there are currently 15,309 new daily symptomatic cases in fully vaccinated people in the UK, cases in this group have been rising steadily for the last week and now make up 29.4% of the total new daily cases 

Zoe Covid Study Report

 

 

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Vaccine breakthrough cases in Washington State to 25th August 2021

This week’s update from Washington State showing vaccine breakthrough cases and which Sars-CoV-2 variant is causing them up to 25th August 2021.  It looks like Washington State have spent the last week cataloguing Delta samples from the previous week, as very few new breakthrough cases have been recorded this week.

Although Delta breakthroughs have seemingly increased over the week, they have mostly been moved from the “other” row where they were posted last week into the Delta column this week, as we predicted they would be last week.

We will continue to reprint these figures as long as Washington State continues to publish them, but, sadly, their value is increasingly doubtful due to an obvious lag in sequencing the samples.

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 25th August 2021

25th August 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
DeltaB.1.617.2139458%18%546
AlphaB.1.1.739817%31%40
GammaP.11988%7%12
EpsilonB.1.4291245%11%7
IotaB.1.526341%2%6
EpsilonB.1.427120%1%1
BetaB.1.351110%1%1
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.130%0%0
OtherOther2239%27%-540
TotalTotal2401100%100%73

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 18th August 2021

18th August 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
DeltaB.1.617.284836%12%219
AlphaB.1.1.735815%30%6
GammaP.11868%7%4
EpsilonB.1.4291175%11%1
IotaB.1.526281%2%0
EpsilonB.1.427110%1%0
BetaB.1.351100%1%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.130%0%2
OtherOther76333%35%676
TotalTotal2328100%100%908

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 11th August 2021

11th August 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
DeltaB.1.617.262944%12%224
AlphaB.1.1.735225%39%9
GammaP.118213%9%7
EpsilonB.1.4291168%14%0
IotaB.1.526282%3%1
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
BetaB.1.351101%1%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
OtherOther876%20%37
TotalTotal1420100%100%278

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 4th August 2021

4th August 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
DeltaB.1.617.240535%10%151
AlphaB.1.1.734330%41%6
GammaP.117515%9%7
EpsilonB.1.42911610%15%0
IotaB.1.526272%3%1
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
BetaB.1.351101%1%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
OtherOther504%19%-4
Total1142100%100%161

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 28th July 2021

28th July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.733734%43%29
GammaP.116817%10%12
EpsilonB.1.42911612%15%3
DeltaB.1.617.225426%7%141
IotaB.1.526263%3%4
BetaB.1.351101%1%0
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
EtaB.1.52540%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
OtherOther546%18%4
Total981100%100%193

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 21st July 2021

21st July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.730839%44%-1
GammaP.115620%10%9
EpsilonB.1.42911314%16%0
DeltaB.1.617.211314%4%23
IotaB.1.526223%3%0
BetaB.1.351101%1%-1
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
EtaB.1.52541%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
OtherOther506%19%0
Total788100%100%30

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 14th July 2021

14th July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of
Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.730941%44%12
GammaP.114719%10%6
EpsilonB.1.42911315%16%0
DeltaB.1.617.29012%4%20
IotaB.1.526223%3%1
BetaB.1.351111%1%0
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%0
EtaB.1.52541%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
OtherOther496%20%0
Total757100%100%39

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 7th July 2021

7th July 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
Increase in
Number of Breakthroughs
From Previous
Week
AlphaB.1.1.729741%44%11
GammaP.113919%9%6
EpsilonB.1.42911316%16%0
DeltaB.1.617.27010%4%30
IotaB.1.526213%3%7
BetaB.1.351112%1%1
EpsilonB.1.427112%2%0
EtaB.1.52541%0%0
KappaB.1.617.110%0%0
ZetaP.200%0%0
Other497%20%0
Total716100%100%55

 

Vaccine Breakthroughs up to 30th June 2021

30th June 2021

Variant
LineageNumber of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases
With Variant
Percentage of Vaccine
Breakthrough Cases With
Variant
Percentage of
Sequences From
All Covid-19
Cases With
Variant
AlphaB.1.1.728637%38%
GammaP.113317%8%
EpsilonB.1.42911315%14%
DeltaB.1.617.2405%2%
IotaB.1.526142%3%
BetaB.1.351101%1%
EpsilonB.1.427111%2%
EtaB.1.52541%0%
KappaB.1.617.110%0%
ZetaP.200%0%
Other4921%32%
Totals661100%100%

 

 

 

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Large UK study confirms previous Covid-19 infection often outperforms vaccine induced immunity

NO, we are ABSOLUTELY NOT recommending you try to get infected with Covid-19!

We’ve had the bug. This BSL4 bioweapon is a devastating beast and you could find yourself in an ICU hospital ward or dead if you try it! Do your best to avoid it all costs.

We are publishing this information so that you can make an informed decision if you have already been infected.

Remember that natural immunity will also fade over time – just think about how many times you have had the flu despite having had it before.

To repeat: Do NOT try to get infected naturally!

Impact of Delta on viral burden and vaccine effectiveness against new SARS-CoV-2 infections in the UK 

 

Vaccine waning studies show large declines in efficacy againt infection for Covid-19 vaccines

USA: 20% vaccine breakthrough in Snohomish County, Washington State

“In May 2021, fewer than 5% of cases were among vaccinated individuals. And, in July, now that the Delta’s strain is the overwhelmingly dominant, virus in the community, now 20% of cases in July were among vaccinated people,” said Dr. Chris Spitters, director of the Snohomish County Health District.

Kiro7.com new report

 

Delta vaccine breakthrough cases in Washington State quadruple in two weeks