Covid vaccines fail to stem second wave in Chile as Santiago put on lockdown; ITV News

Covid vaccines fail to stem second wave in Chile as Santiago put on lockdown; ITV News

Chile's capital Santiago has been put on lockdown following some of the highest Covid case numbers since the pandemic began, despite having fully vaccinated more than half its population. Chile has one of the world's highest vaccination rates with around 75% of its 15 million residents have already received at least one dose of vaccine. Nearly 58% are fully inoculated. Despite the mass vaccination drive, Covid cases in Chile have surged 17% in the past two weeks across the country, and 25% in the Santiago metropolitan region that is home to half the country's population. Intensive care beds in the capital region are now at 98% capacity. • None Covid vaccine: Chile's jab rollout is world-leading - so why are its hospitals struggling? Vaccines are not 100% effective and there is a time delay before they reach their highest efficacy. Chile's second wave has also been driven by lockdown fatigue and the more contagious Brazil or Gamma (P1) variant. Of 7,716 the Covid cases reported in Chile between Wednesday and Thursday, 73% had not been fully inoculated and 74% were …
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