Most Vaccinated Country Seeing Rapid Spike In COVID Cases

An East African nation that has fully vaccinated more than 60% of its population against COVID-19 is experiencing a rise in cases and has reintroduced restrictions to try to keep the numbers at bay.

Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, is where the rise in cases is occurring. 

Per BBC News, Seychelles consists of nearly 100,000 people and has recorded close to 500 new cases in three days. Overall, the country has had about 1,000 active cases this week alone.

One-third of the active cases involves people who had been give two doses of the vaccine, the country’s news agency reported. The others either had a single dose or had received no vaccine.

“Despite all the exceptional efforts we are making, the COVID-19 situation in our country is critical right now with many daily cases,” Seychelles health minister Peggy Vidot told reporters.

The country is not administering either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines but instead using one manufactured in China.

“The Seychelles, which relies on tourism for much of its income, began vaccinating its population in January using Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine doses donated by the United Arab Emirates,” BBC reported.

Almost 100% of the active cases in Seychelles have come among natives, with foreigners making up the remaining miniscule percentage, BBC relayed.

Given recent events, Seychelles is closing schools and cancelling sports for two weeks. Bars, restaurants and stores are returning to limited hours.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. The key takeaway is their use of the Chinese vaccine, which has been proven to be ~50% effective. Far less than the 95% of US vaccines. Not only that, they used the vaccines donated by the UAE…so a huge chain of custody, which probably didn’t help the stability of the vaccine. So the story is not that vaccines are useless, but that bad vaccines are useless.

    • Perhaps the MORE key takeaway was that they had no deaths until the vaccines were introduced. That their natural herd immunity fought off the virus just fine on its own. No vaccines were needed….

      • I hope you aren’t suggesting that vaccines are killing a bunch of people. Seychelles is a tiny country off the coast of Somalia. The reason they had virtually no cases/deaths was that they locked down etc. early, and with a tiny isolated place that is very easy (see New Zealand). They didn’t have herd immunity. They trusted a bad chinese vaccine (basically a placebo), thought they could lift restrictions, and now they are paying the price because they weren’t protected. Had they used the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, they would’ve re-opened and not had this issue (see Texas and Florida).

        • Lol…for all we know China gave them the virus in the vaccine.

          I would certainly suggest that the vaccines are killing people…especially a Chinese one.

          • Ray, as annoying and dangerous as the lefts anti-police rhetoric can be, the right’s anti-vaxx rhetoric is right up there (to be fair the granola crunch left is also anti-vaxx). Both come from places of deep ignorance and decadence. Vaccines, waste water treatment, and antibiotics allowed life expectancy to explode in the 20th century. Just like how I’d invite a police defunder to live in place w/o policing. I’d invite you to go to sub-Sahara Africa and tell a child crippled by polio to thank God he didn’t get the polio vaccine. His atrophied legs are nothing compared to that 1 in a million chance of rash.

  2. So China has bad biomedical protocols, produces a lousy vaccine and now an out of control rocket will land somewhere but they don’t know where. Tell me again why does everything say “Made in China”? Oh that’s right – they work cheap. right LeBron. Maybe the rocket will land on his house.

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