Researchers in Sweden have noted bleaching vaccine effect among a huge vaccination rate in the country. This comes after the country witnessed a few covid-related deaths that were fully vaccinated. Last month, 7 out of 10 deaths related to COVID virus in Sweden were fully vaccinated, according to the Swedish Public Health Agency.
At the same time, Farshid Jalalvand, clinical microbiology researcher at Lund University, stated that there are various reasons why the number of fully vaccinated among the deceased has increased. He said that relaxation in constraints, as well as the spread of the Delta variant, could be the main reason. He further stated that the Delta variant of coronavirus is known to spread more easily than the Alpha strain among both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. But fully vaccinated people “usually have good protection”, reported the news agency Sputnik, citing the newspaper Swedish daily newspaper.
According to Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam, professor of vaccine immunology at Karolinska Institutet, it is not surprising that vaccine protection decreases over time. She noted that mRNA vaccines are large because they can be created quickly and significantly reduce the risk of serious illness. However, they do not create as many antibodies as protein-based vaccinations. The higher the antibody concentration in the blood after vaccination, the more powerful and longer the protection will be, she claimed. It should be mentioned here that there are currently no protein-based COVID-19 vaccines on the global market, although Novavax and Sanofi Pasteur have submitted applications for approval to the WHO and the European Commission respectively.
Sweden stops the use of Moderna’s COVID vaccine for young people
At the same time, on 5 October, Sweden’s healthcare professionals stopped the use of Moderna’s COVID vaccine for people aged 30 and younger. According to the Swedish Public Health Agency, the decision was made after an increased risk of heart inflammation, a rare side effect in connection with the shot was noted. The country’s chief epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, emphasized that they will closely monitor the situation and react quickly to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are always as safe as possible and at the same time offer excellent disease protection. It should be noted here that Sweden, a country with over 10 million people, has witnessed 1.16 million cases and about 15,000 deaths since the covid-19 pandemic began. In addition, over 65% of the population is fully vaccinated in the country, Sputnik reported.