Scientists have concluded that vaccines can control a pandemic. Experts said there is no longer a pandemic in the U.K. because new data showed that a vaccination program reduces symptomatic Covid infections by up to 90 percent. In the first major study of the effects of vaccination on a population, health officials found that vaccination had a big impact on reducing both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases of Covid.
Professor Sarah Walker, chief specialist at the Office of National Statistics for the Covid-19 Infection Survey, said the U.K. has moved from being pandemic to endemic, with the virus circulating at low, controllable levels. With two doses of vaccination, asymptomatic infections were down 70% and symptomatic infections were down 90%.
Infection in Britain continues to fall, dropping 7% in one week alone, even though the country has markedly loosened quarantine regulations. In the last 7 days, deaths in Britain have fallen by 26% and hospital admissions by 19% . The success of the vaccination program means that the Covid-19 outbreak is no longer considered a pandemic in Britain.
In March, Covid ceased to be the leading cause of death in the country, giving way to dementia and heart disease. Professor Walker expressed hope that a vaccination program could keep Covid under control: “I’m cautiously optimistic,” said the professor, “I think the last three months have demonstrated the combined effect of isolation and vaccination, but long-term isolation is not a viable solution, so vaccines will certainly be the only way we have a chance to control Covid in the long term.” That said, Professor Walker warned that “the virus will always be throwing balls at us, and we’re a small step away from something going wrong again.”