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Why some people test positive after getting a Covid-19 vaccine

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A Covid-19 vaccine does not provide full or immediate protection, which means it’s still possible to get infected and test positive for the virus.

According to CNN News made available to Lead Express, Democratic, Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts once tested positive after he got his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino, who coaches the men’s team at Iona College in New York, also tested positive after getting his first dose.They could have tested positive for a few reasons.

Meanwhile, there’s a lag between vaccination and protection. It takes a few days to a few weeks for the vaccine to work.

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You could test positive before the vaccine is taken.

“It takes a while for the immune response to develop.” said Dr. Robert Salata, director of University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland.

The first dose may provide some protection, but as the Moderna CEO, Stephane Bancel said , “but we really just don’t have any data to prove that at this point.”

For Pfizer, after 14 days the first dose was around 52% effective at preventing disease, Salata, who was the lead investigator for the Pfizer vaccine at his hospital, said.

Vaccination prevents most, but not all disease. You could still test positive after being vaccinated since the vaccine is not 100% effective.

The two US-authorized vaccines are highly effective but they don’t provide total protection.

Furthermore, it was stated that Vaccination prevents disease, but it’s still unclear if, or how much, the vaccine prevents all infections.

“The information is less clear whether the vaccines will prevent the virus from infecting us and we can remain without symptoms. That’s still under study.” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist and a professor of preventive medicine in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University.

“As far as what we’ve seen, these vaccines are really game changing at preventing disease and even severity of disease,” said Namandje Bumpus, director of the department of pharmacology and molecular sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

“But focusing on the efficacy number doesn’t paint the whole picture, because you could still end up with Covid, but by all indications that appears that those cases are still really less severe than unvaccinated people and that’s really important.”

The vaccine makers are still studying if the vaccines just keep people from getting really sick or if they totally protect.

Vaccines don’t work retroactively. You could test positive because you were infected before you got the vaccine and just did not know it yet. That’s what happened to some of the health care workers in a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday.

The study found that 22 of 4,081 vaccinated health care workers tested positive for Covid-19 after getting their first dose.

One of the study authors, Dr. Eyal Leshem of Sheba Medical Center in Israel, said it was clear that some of the workers that tested positive “were actually infected with Covid before they get their first dose.”

There has been concern that certain variants that have been spreading in the US could be less susceptible to the protection that comes from vaccines.

Preliminary lab data shows the vaccines should provide protection, and public health leaders want to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible to limit the opportunities the virus has to mutate.

The Covid-19 vaccine makers said they are testing to see if the vaccines work against the variants and they’re also working on boosters that would add extra protection against variants..

“It is possible a year from now, that I’ll get a flu shot in one arm and a Covid vaccine update booster in the other,” Schaffner said. “We’ll have to adapt ourselves to what it is that this virus is doing. And we have the capacity to keep up with the virus, and even get ahead of it.”

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It’s foolishness to have faith when God provides vaccine – Ighodalo

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It’s foolishness to have faith when God provides vaccine - Ighodalo

Amidst the Covid-19 vaccination exercise, which is on-going in various parts of the world, the Senior Pastor of Trinity House, Ituah Ighodalo, has criticised those who believe that their faith is enough to protect them from the virus, when God has given a Vaccine as alleged by him.

This is stemmed from the arguments raised by some clerics against the vaccines, which was developed for the treatment of the novel Coronavirus disease.

Recall, that we had reported that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy slammed other clerics who wanted to become ministers of the vaccine, rather than concentrating on the healing power of God.

The General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has also expressed lack of confidence in the vaccine.

However, the Senior Pastor of Trinity House, Ituah Ighodalo who spoke to ARISE TV advised his fellow pastors “to do their research, get the knowledge and stop misinforming and improperly educating people on guesswork, instincts and mere suppositions.”

He said that he has taken a jab of the vaccine and claimed he was directed by God after he prayed.

Ighodalo said, “It is foolishness to keep having faith that God will protect you from an infection He has made provision for, vaccines that can provide a high percentage of protection.”

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Furthermore, the Cleric added, “I have taken the jab. I prayed about it, and I got a clear direction from God to go and receive it, and I have explained to my people in church that God provides knowledge. I will like to appeal to my brother pastors to do their research, get the knowledge and stop misinforming and improperly educating people on guesswork, instincts and mere suppositions. Coronavirus is real, and you need the vaccination.

“The Bible says my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

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He said that there is a need to correct the wrong notion that people have about the vaccine by showing them that it doesn’t tally with science.

“Some people think the COVID-19 vaccine is a deliberate effort to wipe out the human population

“We need to address the fears and prove it is not so. Other persons think it is the sign of the anti-christ (666) and we need to prove this is not also true.

“Other people believe the vaccines have long term effect and if you take it today, in 20 years’ time, it would affect them. We also need to address such fears and prove scientifically this is not so,” he said.

“The problem is a lot of these questions about the vaccine are not being properly addressed and there is too much rumour flying all over the place. Some churches believe in divine health but if they study further, they would also know that God provided knowledge for healing,” Ighodalo added.

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Georgia PM tests positive as Covid cases spike

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Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said Tuesday he tested positive for coronavirus amid a fresh spike in cases in the Caucasus nation despite the start of a vaccine rollout.

“I am feeling well,” Garibashvili, 38, said on Facebook. “I am in self-isolation and continuing to work remotely.”

On Tuesday, Georgia registered 897 new coronavirus cases — three times the average number of daily infections recorded over the past months.

Overall, the Black Sea nation of some four million people has registered more than 275,000 coronavirus cases and 3,832 deaths, the health ministry said.

In mid-March, Georgia began a national vaccination campaign by inoculating medical workers with AstraZeneca’s jab.

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In addition to some 43,000 doses of AstraZeneca provided through the Covax vaccine-sharing programme, Georgia also received enough doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to inoculate some 14,000 people.

More than 11,600 people have been vaccinated so far, director of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control, Amiran Gamkrelidze, told journalists on Monday.

He said the rollout “needs to be accelerated”.

The authorities in Georgia have so far ruled out any further anti-virus curbs.

Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia said on Monday there was “no need at this point” for further anti-pandemic restrictions.

In May last year, Georgia lifted its coronavirus lockdown and allowed shops to reopen, but a night-time curfew has remained in place.

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COVID-19: Portugal reopens museums, schools, others

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Portugal on Monday reopened museums, cafe terraces and secondary schools nearly two months after tightening Covid-19 curbs following a wave of cases early this year.

There was an explosion of cases following Christmas and New Year festivities which led to overstretched hospitals and the government imposed a general lockdown in the middle of January and closed schools a week later.

There have been nearly 16,900 coronavirus deaths and 823,335 cases so far, according to an official tally on Sunday.

Primary schools reopened on March 15.

Monday’s easing comes with some guidelines. Only four people will be able to sit together at a table in cafe terraces while museums can change their opening hours.

Group training sessions at gyms and sports venues remain banned.

“We are expecting very few visitors” due to the paucity of foreign tourists, Antonio Nunes Pereira, director of the Palace of Pena in Sintra, outside Lisbon, told AFP.

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“We expect a return to normal next summer… when the vaccination process advances in Europe,” he said.

The museum is one of Portugal’s most visited sites and drew over two million visitors in 2019. Eighty-five percent of them were foreigners.

The government has launched mass Covid tests and started vaccinating teachers.

It plans to start reopening high schools, universities and auditoriums and concert halls later this month and restaurants in May.

The situation is being reviewed every two weeks and the government can tighten restrictions in municipalities with a high number of cases.

Portugal has suspended flights with Brazil and the Britain to ward off the new variants that emerged in those countries and tightened controls on the land border with Spain.

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