There has been much debate over which COVID-19 vaccine is more effective, ultimately the answer is still “all of them.”

There are new centers for disease prevention and control data showsAll three vaccines available in the U.S. offer significant protection against COVID-19-related serious illness and death.

In August, the most recent full month for which data is available, unvaccinated people were more than 6 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than their fully vaccinated peers were ― and more than 11 times more likely to die from it, as illustrated by the chart below.

According to CDC data, people who were not vaccinated were 11.3% more likely than those who were vaccinated to succumb COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

When comparing the efficacy of individual vaccines, Moderna’s, Pfizer’s and Johnson & Johnson’s products all remain quite effective at preventing both cases and death from COVID-19.

While Moderna’s vaccine was slightly more effective than Pfizer’s, and Pfizer’s was slightly more effective than Johnson & Johnson’s, the data shows all of the products continue to offer clear protection.

This graph shows the number of positive COVID-19 results, as well as how they are broken down by product and vaccination status. It is clear that vaccines do work.

All three COVID-19 vaccines continue to offer strong protection, CDC data shows.
According to CDC data, all three COVID-19 vaccinations offer high protection.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Notably, people who have recovered from COVID-19 are not considered to be vaccinated. Studies showUnvaccinated COVID-19 victims are twice as likely to contract the virus again than fully vaccinated.

This data is a good starting point for discussions at high levels about who needs booster shots.

A Food Drug Administration committee is meeting Friday to discuss whether to authorize Johnson & Johnson boosters, having already endorsed both Pfizer and Moderna boostersCertain high-risk groups.

In August, the World Health Organization’s head was condemned plansIt is illegal to distribute booster shot in rich countries. The WHO stated that booster shots could yield greater returns if given in first- and second doses to developing countries. New variants of the virus are likely to be discovered as they circulate more widely.

“As we’ve seen from the emergence of variant after variant, we cannot get out of it unless the whole world gets out of it together,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, a WHO special adviser. “And with the huge disparity in vaccination coverage, we’re simply not going to be able to achieve that.”


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