(Natural News) Public Health England (PHE) has suggested that vaccinated people who catch the B16172 delta variant of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) are as infectious as unvaccinated people. The agency said “initial findings … indicate that levels of [the SARS-CoV-2] virus in those who become infected with [the] delta [variant] having already been vaccinated may be similar to levels found in unvaccinated people.” First identified in India, the B16172 delta variant became the dominant strain in England.
PHE noted its observation in an Aug. 6 technical briefing, basing it on National Health Service Test and Trace data since June 14. It found that average and median cycle threshold (CT) values were almost the same for both vaccinated an unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated people registered a median CT value of 17.8, while people inoculated with two COVID-19 vaccine doses registered a value of 18.0.
CT values refer to the number of cycles needed to boost the viral signal in a sample used in a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.
The briefing said: “This means that while vaccination may reduce an individual’s overall risk of being infected, once they are infected – there is limited difference in viral load (and CT values) between those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated.” It added that given the similar CT values between unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals, “this suggests limited difference in infectiousness.”
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