I recently noted that South Korea, poster child for the ‘contain and vaccinate’ strategy, had reached the same level of excess mortality as Sweden. Despite keeping infections to a minimum until after its vaccine rollout, the country has ended up with the same total death toll as Sweden – which took a famously relaxed approach to dealing with Covid.
South Korea sustained the vast majority of its excess mortality in one major post-vaccination wave during March of this year. Another country that’s seen a deadly post-vaccination is Singapore. In October of last year, excess mortality reached 30%, and didn’t fall back to zero until the end of January.
It now appears that Singapore has joined South Korea in the ranks of ‘contain and vaccinate’ countries to reach parity with Sweden. This March, the country experienced a second deadly post-vaccination wave, which took excess mortality back up above 30% – as shown in the chart below: