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COVID-19 in 2021

A New Hope 2021

The year 2021 began with a lot of hope the COVID-19 Pandemic would soon end. COVID-19 vaccines were available. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had efficacy rates above 90% in trials. Citizens voted the Presidents of the United States and Brazil out of office at least partially because voters believed they mishandled the Pandemic. The incoming U.S. administration promised to make stopping the COVID-19 Pandemic a top priority. What did 2021 bring? All numbers given are from the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center[i] unless otherwise sourced.

[i] COVID-19 Map - Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (, last accessed, 1/22/22.

The U.S.A.

By January 20, 2021 the U.S. distributed less than 36 million doses of vaccine. There had been 24,404,070 cases of COVID-19 and 405,400 people had died from COVID-19. On January 2, 2022 the U.S. had administered almost 463 million doses. From January 21, 2021 there had been another 30,491,717 cases and 420,465 deaths.[i] The overall COVID-19 mortality rate on January 20, 2021 was 1.6613%. On January 5, 2022 the mortality rate was 1.4459%. As of January 5, 2022 there are at least 69 countries that have a higher mortality rate than the United States. The U.S. falls between Czechia and Spain. On January 21, 2021 Canada had a higher mortality rate, 2.525%, than America. On January 5, 2022 Canada had a lower mortality rate, 1.3746%.

In the week of January 10, 2021 COVID reached a weekly peak of 1.735 million cases. Cases and fatalities had a sharp drop. Cases leveled off at less than 500 thousand cases at the end of February. There was the impression the pandemic would soon be over. Many states and municipalities loosened or removed their restrictions. Roman Catholic Bishops lifted their mass dispensations. Another decline from early May to early June led to speculation the COVID decline was irreversible.

The week of June 20 had 80,877 cases. That was the lowest level since March 22, 2020. The number of weekly cases marched up to a high of 1.158 million on September 5. The numbers went down to about 500,000 cases a week for October and November. The numbers rose then skyrocketed to 1.391 million cases for the week of December 26. Next week yielded 2.824 million cases, dwarfing the highest 2020 level. Many have accepted that COVID-19 is not going to fade away.

A 2020 John Hopkins online contact tracer course explicitly stated COVID-19 did not come from a laboratory. In 2021 the belief COVID-19 was invented in the Wuhan Institute of Virology moved from conspiracy theory to having some credibility. In May President Joe Biden ordered intelligence officials to investigate the origins of COVID-19, including the theory it came from the Wuhan lab.[ii]

There was a divide between those who favored mandatory masking, lockdowns, and vaccinations and those who opposed them. State restrictions varied. California and New York were among the strictest states. Florida and Texas were among those with relaxed restrictions.

There was vaccine hesitancy and people who refused to wear masks. Many videos on social media showed confrontations over mask wearing.[iii] The Vaccine Adverse Event Reports web site had over 1 million adverse event reports through the end of 2021. This includes 113,303 hospitalizations and 21,382 deaths.[iv] These are unconfirmed reports and includes reports from anywhere in the world. The CDC has a tab to its disclaimer about the site. Neither the CDC nor Johns Hopkins have disclaimers on its page reporting COVID-19 case information. These pages also depend on an honor system.

Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency put in a transparency request for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release the data Pfizer submitted to license its COVID-19 vaccine. The initial FDA schedule wouldn’t have released all the documents until 2096. The FDA offered to speed up the process that would have completed releasing documents in 2076.[v]

The military made vaccination mandatory. President Biden made vaccination mandatory for federal workers and contract employees.[vi] He then made vaccination mandatory for all companies with employees with more than 100 employees. The vast majority of federal employees and companies complied with these orders. At the end of 2021 challenges to these orders were still in the courts.

[i] John Hopkins University & Medicine,, last accessed 1/2/22. Numbers as of 1/2/22, 10:22 AM EST.

[ii] BBC News, Covid: Biden orders investigation into virus origin as lab leak theory debated, May 27, 2021, Covid: Biden orders investigation into virus origin as lab leak theory debated - BBC News, last accessed 1/6/22.

[iii] Fox 13 Utah, Mask confrontation in Cedar City caught on video,, last accessed 1/6/22. 11 Alive, Atlanta woman detained after confrontation over mask-wearing on flight,, last accessed 1/6/22.

[iv] COVID Vaccine Data (, last accessed 1/8/22. The CDC has a tab to its disclaimer about the site.

[v] Townhall, Federal Judge Smacks Down FDA’s Request to Release Pfizer Safety Data Over 75 Years by Leah Barkoukis,, last accessed 1/9/22.

[vi], New Guidance on COVID-19 Workplace Safety for Federal Contractors | The White House, last accessed 1/8/22.

Around The World

North Korea has not reported a single COVID-19 case. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) reported 1,618 cases for the week of January 2, 2022. The PRC reported 528 cases for the week of January 3, 2021. The last COVID-19 deaths, 7, of 2021 happened in the week of February 14. Many people and organizations have praised China for their success in controlling COVID-19. Some consider the PRC numbers nonsense.[i]

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The Seychelles, where tourism is a large part of its economy, went on a vaccination campaign. They used Sinopharm. With over 60% of its population vaccinated the government opened the country to tourists.[ii] For the first part of the year the number of weekly cases ranged from below 200 to above 400. The week of May 2, 2021 saw over 1,000 cases and the next week almost 2,200 cases. The cases declined and from October to December had case numbers about the same as the first part of the year. The cases spiked after the new year.

Israel had a successful vaccination campaign. From early May until the end of June COVID-19 was all by eradicated. Then there were over 1,000 cases in the week of June 27. Cases rose to a peak of almost 66 thousand on the week of September 5. Cases declined to 1,775 on the week of November 28. Cases rose to a new record on the week of January 9, 2021. Israel started 2022 with an overall case-fatality ratio of 0.58%. This is down from the 0.726% on January 20, 2021.

Canada started 2021 with a 2.525% case-fatality rate, almost a percentage point higher than the United States. As of January 5, 2022 Canada’s case-fatality rate was 1.37%, less than the U.S. 1.45%. Canada has strict lockdown regulations.

Calgary got a Bench Order that imposed restrictions of organizers of protests and demonstrations requiring compliance with masking, physical distancing, and attendance limits. Pastor Author Pavlozski was holding an Easter service when police arrived. Pastor Pavlozski ordered the police out of the church. The police complied.[iii] Police arrested Pastor Pavlozski and his brother Dawid a month later.

Spain banned hymnals, Greece banned loudspeakers, and in Ireland all in person religious services were illegal. There was a 500 Euro fine for holding a church service. In London police stopped a church service to inform the worshipers the gathering was illegal and they had to immediately leave the building.[iv] There were mass demonstrations in some European countries in protest of the restrictions.[v]

Australia and New Zealand had some of the harshest restrictions among the democratic countries. In January 2022 Australia has had one of the lowest number of cases per capita, 103 per million, in the world. Australia had one of the lowest number of cases per capita in January 2021. In the first half of the year two people died from the COVID vaccine AstraZeneca. one person died from COVID-19.[vi] In New Zealand from September 2020 to mid-August 2021 weekly cases were normally under 40 a week. Cases spiked in the week of August 29 to 465 cases, followed by a wave that led to a high of 1,310 cases on the week of November 21. Cases leveled off in the New Year at about 400 cases per week.[vii]

New Zealand instituted guidelines that gatherings should be outdoors and visitors can’t come inside a person’s house. The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet told Newshub, “You cannot enter a person’s home if you are visiting their property, including to use the toilet. Your visit must be kept outdoors.”[viii]

Australia built Quarantine Camps for unvaccinated people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.[ix] Authorities sent Senator Alex Antic to a quarantine facility because he refused to tell his vaccination status.[x] Most Australians support these measures but there have been mass protests and arrests.[xi]

Japan opened the 2020 Olympics on July 23, 2021. There were 21,919 cases that week. Japan reported 3,435 that week in 2020. The number of cases were rising in July 2021. Reported cases peaked, 154,548, on the week of August 22. As of January 16, 2022 that is the highest weekly number.[xii]

Japan took a different approach to vaccinations. Vaccines in Japan have warning labels about the risks, including myocarditis. Japan’s Ministry of Health stated: “Although we encourage all citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, it is not compulsory or mandatory. vaccination will be given only with the consent of the person to be vaccinated after the information provided.”[xiii] Japan promoted an emphasis on treatment. This includes Ivermectin, which the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) disparaged.[xiv] A FDA web page warning about Ivermectin shows someone in medical scrubs with a stethoscope around her neck next to a horse.[xv]

[i] TFIglobal, January 16, 2022, In Coronavirus case counts, China beats every county by a milky way,, last accessed 1/19/22.

[ii] TFIglobal, May 11, 2021, Seychelles’ mistake is a wake up call for the world,, last accessed 1/10/22.

[iii] Fox News Primetime, Pastor kicks out police trying to shut down Easter Service,, last accessed 1/13/22.

[iv] Fox News Primetime, Pastor kicks out police trying to shut down Easter Service,, last accessed 1/13/22.

[v] Associated Press News, Thousands gather to oppose Dutch virus measures despite ban, by Aleksandar Furtula and Mike Corder, January 2, 2022, Thousands gather to oppose Dutch virus measures despite ban | AP News, last accessed 1/16/22.

[vi] USA Today, Australia’s top medical officer urges nation to follow through on vaccinations; mRNA shots don’t decrease sperm count: Live updates by John Bacon and Elinor Aspegren, June 21, 21. Vaccine clots more deadly than COVID in Australia this year (, last accessed 1/20/22.

[vii] Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, Coronavirus Resource Center,, last accessed 1/20/22.

[viii], COVID-19: Confusion over toilet rule after Deputy PM Grant Robertson contradicts Government advice on outdoor gatherings by Ireland Hendry-Tennent, 6/10/21, COVID-19: Confusion over toilet rule after Deputy PM Grant Robertson contradicts Government advice on outdoor gatherings | Newshub, last accessed 1/20/22.

[ix] UnHeard, Inside Australia’s Covid internment camp,, last accessed 1/22/22. Last accessed 1/22/22.

[x] Western Journal, Watch: Tucker Carlson Interviews Senator Forced Into COVID Camp Despite Multiple Negative Tests, 12/10/21. Last accessed 1/22/22.

[xi] CBN News, POLICE STATE: Australians Mass Protest After Churches Raided, Moms Arrested, Citizen Snitches,, 9/22/21. Last accessed 1/22/22.

[xii] Cases were taking a sharp rise so the record may have been broken by the end of January 22.

[xiii] Ethics & Public Policy Center, Japan’s Vaccination Policy: No Force, No Discrimination by Aaron Kheriaty, 12/14/21, Japan’s Vaccination Policy: No Force, No Discrimination - Ethics & Public Policy Center (, last accessed 1/23/22.

[xiv] TFI Global, Japan has had enough of Big Pharma Intimidation, 11/8/21,, last accessed 1/23/22.

[xv] FDA, Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19, Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19 | FDA, last accessed 1/23/22. The U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information published “Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines” on 6/21/21. Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines (, last accessed 1/23/22.

Direction in January 2022

Governments seem resigned that COVID-19 is here to stay. Australia and France are among the countries that indicated they will make life difficult for anyone who isn’t fully vaccinated.[i] Masking indoors in public places and on commercial aircraft appears the new normal in America.[ii]

Virginia's Governor Glenn Youngkin, who assumed office in January, signed an executive order allowing parents to choose if they want their children to wear masks to school. A majority of Virginia school districts defied the order citing a law requiring they follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines. This impass is headed to court.[iii] There are many other cases winding their way through the U.S. courts.

[i] ABC News, Macron defends his rude remarks about France’s unvaccinated by The Associated Press, 1/7/22, Macron defends his rude remarks about France's unvaccinated - ABC News (, last accessed 1/23/22.

[ii] Yahoo News, Fauci Says Masking on Airplanes Will Never Go Away by Brittany Bernstein, 12/19/21. Fauci Says Masking on Airplanes Will Never Go Away (, last accessed 1/23/22.

[iii] The Washington Post, More than half of Virginia school districts are defying Youngkin's mask-optional order by Hannah Natanson, 1/26/22. More than half of Virginia school districts are defying Youngkin’s mask-optional order (, last accessed 1/26/22.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Robert Sacchi

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