The CDC Director Rochelle Wallensky famously said recently that the COVID 19 spread is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” This claim has been repeated by a number of health professionals, the media and politicians.
Is this true? Well, it is actually quite easy to find out. All you have to do is compare the vaccination rate in various countries to each other and then the countries with the lowest vaccination rates per capita should have the highest number of deaths per capita. It is most helpful to compare like countries to like countries, and we will get to that in this post.
Well, let’s dig into the numbers from this helpful web site.
I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but let me put up a graph that has been circulated a lot lately to show you that the claims that this is a pandemic of the vaccinated are complete nonsense.
Here are the vaccination rates in four countries:
And now we can look at recent deaths.
So, how is it possible that India, with a very low vaccination rate, has fewer deaths per capita than Israel, with a very high vaccination rate?
You see what I am saying about nonsense?
But to be fair, comparing countries as dissimilar as India and Israel is problematic, so let’s look at the numbers for countries that are more like each other.
Let’s compare comparable countries in Southeast Asia with similar populations and climates.
Vaccination rates, Southeast Asia:
Deaths, southeast Asia:
What the what?
Malaysia has by far the highest vaccination rate but also the highest death rate. Hmmm.
How about Central American countries and Haiti, which I throw in because it is one of the least vaccinated countries in the world and has some similarities to Central American countries?
According to the medical/media/political establishment, Haiti and Nicaragua should have by the far the highest death rates, right?
Oops. The least vaccinated countries in this comparison have — by far — the lowest death rates. It is actually quite remarkable.
To provide a more complete picture, let’s take a look at northern European countries, which all have high vaccination rates and low death rates.
Now let’s look at another region of the world, the Near East and Greece and Macedonia.
Armenia, with the lowest vaccination rate, should be a killing field compared to its neighbors, right?
North Macedonia, with an average vaccination rate for the region, has a much higher death rate than other countries in the region and specifically Armenia, which has a very low vaccination rate.
What can we conclude? When you look at the numbers worldwide and compare like countries to like countries, there appears to be no real correlation between vaccination rates and death rates. There is a very strange correlation in many cases between higher vaccination rates and higher death rates, but this is not the case worldwide, and I would say that correlation needs more study.
But we can definitively conclude that this is NOT a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”