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The majority of Americans dying from Covid are vaccinated for the first time ever.

An analysis of official data found that 58 per cent of Covid deaths in August were in people who were vaccinated or boosted.

Experts caution this is always expected because such a large majority of the population has received at least the standard two-dose regimen.

Those more likely to die from Covid, for example the elderly and immunosuppressed, are also more likely to be vaccinated, further skewing the ratio. 

But it is also true that as Covid has mutated, the vaccines have become less effective — with regular boosters required to top-up immunity.

For example, in September last year, 23 per cent of Covid deaths were in vaccinated people, and by February this year, this had risen to 42 per cent.

The elderly and other people at high risk of dying from Covid are also more likely to have had the shots compared to a young, healthy person. 

This makes the chance of a vaccinated person dying from the disease increasingly likely. 

Senior editor for the Dispatch David French said that the 'absolute fury at those of us who supported Covid vaccines and continue to support Covid vaccines' was 'one of the saddest phenomena of the online right.'

He added: 'The death toll of vaccine refusal is simply staggering and heartbreaking.

In November 2021, there were 32,328 deaths involving Covid.

In the first two weeks of November this year, there have been 7,047 deaths from Covid.

And at the peak of the Omicron wave in January this year, 83,880 deaths occurred involving Covid.

Some 267,476,279 Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine as of November 16.

And 228,154,832 have completed their primary series of two shots.

Booster dose uptake is lagging, with 35,272,874 Americans over the age of five having received the bivalent jab.

According the analysis of CDC figures by the Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned by the Washington Post, the proportion of vaccinated people who have died from Covid has increased from 23 per cent in September 2021 to 58 per cent in August 2022 

Uptake of the bivalent booster has been sluggish in the US, with just one in ten of those eligible coming forward. Everyone over five years old can get the jab

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Share this article Share White House discounts for Covid booster recipients 

Albertson's pharmacies: 10 per cent off groceries (up to $20 off) for people who get their COVID-19 shot in-store. 

CVS: $5 off any purchase of $20 either in-store or online.

Rite Aid:  $5 off their $25 purchase for those who receive a COVID-19 booster. 

Southeastern Grocers: $20 in free groceries when a customer gets their updated COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot.

The analysis, commissioned by the Washington Post, was conducted by vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Cynthia Cox.

Ms Cox's work involves monitoring how well the US health system performs over time. 

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization which develops policy analysis on national health issues.

The first trials of Covid jabs suggested they were over 90 per cent effective against hospitalization and death.

This was weakened to around 80 per cent when the Delta and Omicron variants came into play.

Since then, it has been difficult to track the effective have because of the growing number of reinfections and different combinations of vaccinations people have received. 

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis from last year reinforced the protection booster shots provide against serious illness and death from Covid.

It said that in adults older than 65 years, 'unvaccinated individuals continue to have a much greater risk of dying from Covid-19 than individuals vaccinated with at least a primary series'. 

In January this year, there were 244 deaths per 100,000 people in the unvaccinated over 80 years.

For those in the same age group but who were vaccinated, the rate of death was 38 per 100,000.

Vaccine effectiveness also wanes over time, and new variants emerge that are more resistant to the shots.

The highly infectious BA.5 Omicron subvariant spread over the summer, leading to a wave of new infections and hospitalizations. 

US health chiefs are now 'monitoring' a new Covid variant that is feared to be the 'most vaccine-resistant yet' after it sent cases spiraling in Singapore.

The CDC said the strain — dubbed 'XBB' — was still 'very rare' in the US with just 52 cases detected in 15 states to date.

Ms Cox said the new analysis did not surprise her, but added: 'We can no longer say this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.'

It comes as the White House this week declared a six-week drive to get people jabbed before winter and the holiday season.

A $475 million campaign will help community health centers and other organizations to ensure vulnerable citizens like the elderly and those who are immunosuppressed are boosted.

This involves accessible vaccine sites, at-home shots, transport and outreach work.

Departing public health director Dr Anthony Fauci urged people yesterday to get tested and boosted before the holiday. 

He told reporters at his final press briefing: 'When I see people in this country because of the divisiveness in our country... not getting vaccinated for reasons that have nothing to do with public health, but have to do because of divisiveness and ideological differences, as a physician, it pains me.'

Uptake of the newest booster shots remains sluggish, with just over 11 per cent of eligible Americans five and over having rolled up their sleeves for the shot.

The CDC is recommending aged five years and upwards gets the bivalent booster. 

The White House is now offering discounts on groceries to Americans who get the booster shot in a desperate bid to boost uptake.

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LIVEBrazil 4-0 South Korea LIVE: World Cup favourites make a huge statement as they score FOUR first-half goals in last-16... with Vinicius Jnr, Neymar, Richarlison and Paqueta all on target

Follow Sportsmail's live blog for the World Cup last-16 clash between Brazil and South Korea. 

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20:09 Brazil 4-0 South Korea

48min: Raphinha has an early chance for Brazil, but it's Son Heung-min with an ever better one! He robs Marquinhos of the ball, but his effort across goal from the edge of the box is well saved by Alisson who tips the ball behind.

20:07 SECOND HALF: South Korea have made a couple of changes

Hong Chul and Son Jun-ho replace Kim Jin-su and Jung Woo-young.

19:53 HALF-TIME: Brazil 4-0 South Korea
19:50 Brazil 4-0 South Korea

45+4min: What on earth is going on in the Korea defence. Kim-Jin su has gone AWOL as Richarlison is given the freedom to run down the right, but after sprinting into the box his low shot across goal is poor and allows Kim Seung-gyu to save with his feet. I'm notjoking in suggesting this could be 7-0.

19:48 Brazil 4-0 South Korea

45+1min: And as five minutes are added on, it should be 5-0. Paqueta is the latest to try and run onto a quick ball into the box but his poked finish across goal is incredibly weak. He really should be scoring - it's certainly nothing on his strike to make it 4-0.

4-0 before half-time... ????????

...are we looking at the potential World Cup winners? ????#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup

— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 5, 2022
19:45 Brazil 4-0 South Korea

43min: First impact of the game from Korea... and it's a yellow card as Jung Woo-young is booked for a foul that will see him miss the next match. I can assure you now it won't be at this World Cup.

19:44 Brazil 4-0 South Korea

40min: Time to start resting some players for Brazil already, right? This game is done and the favourites for the tournament are justifying that tag this evening.

19:37 GOAL! BRAZIL 4-0 South Korea

37min: South Korea are being destroyed by a star studded display from Brazil here. The stunning goals keep on coming too as Vinicius Junior dinks a ball to the back post for Lucas Paqueta to cushion volley back across goal into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant strike, maybe better than Richarlison's goal? It's a fair debate for me.

19:36 And that superb goal from Richarlison for you to see

Richarlison is having his own goal of the tournament competition here... but wa this better than his first? His celebration was questionable - dancing the pigeon steps as usual with the Brazilian bench.

"Eye-catching, intricate... typically Brazilian!" ????????????

How good is Richarlison for this Brazil side?! ????#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup

— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 5, 2022
19:29 GOAL! BRAZIL 3-0 South Korea

29min: This is brilliant, Richarlison controls the ball with his head three times before playing a one-two with Thiago Silva, running into the box for the return ball before slotting home. Game over.

19:28 Neymar is back in the team - and instantly equals the Brazilian greats

3 - Neymar has become the third Brazilian player to score in three different editions of the World Cup, alongside Ronaldo and Pelé. Pantheon.

— OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) December 5, 2022
19:28 Brazil 2-0 South Korea

While Brazil continue to kill South Korea by 1000 cuts passes, let's take a look at that Neymar penalty again.

Look at how out of position the Korea keeper is as he strikes it. Penalties can be more than a lottery...

19:24 Brazil 2-0 South Korea

22min: Still all Brazil possession. Son Heung-min has hardly had a touch yet and when he does, he gets bulldozed down by Casemiro to win a free-kick.

19:23 Brazil 2-0 South Korea

19min: With a 2-0 lead, Brazil have already eased up - perhaps thinking about that quarter-final with Croatia.

If it's a battle of fresh legs there is only one winner in that too. Brazil may have taken just 15 minutes to win this last-16 tie - I stress may, compared to the over two hours it took Croatia to edge past Japan.

19:20 Brazil 2-0 South Korea

16min: Having been stunned by Brazil's fast start, South Korea to their credit do try to hit back. Hwang Hee-chan sees a s 25-yard driving destined to dip into the top corner brilliantly tipped over by Alisson.

19:12 GOAL! BRAZIL 2-0 South Korea

13min: Back with a bang! Kissing the ball first, Neymar fools the keeper with stuttered run-up and low placed finish before Brazil players celebrate by dancing around the centre-forward. 

Are we calling time on this last-16 tie in less than 15 minutes?

Casual as you like! ????????@neymarjr returns from injury to get his name on the scoresheet with this exquisite penalty! ????

...but should it have been given? ????#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup

— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 5, 2022
19:11 PENALTY (Brazil)

Jung Woo-Young bundles down Richarlison (who didn't exactly try and stay on his feet) and a penalty is awarded.

19:07 GOAL! BRAZIL 1-0 South Korea

7min: Well that didn't take long! Raphinha breaks down the right, doing very well to hold off his marker to then cut the ball back into the box.

It eventually finds an unmarked Vinicius Junior, who after taking a touch beautifully fires high into a goal past a bunch of red shirts.

The dancing Brazilians ????????????

You ❤️ to see it#ITVFootball | #FifaWorldCup

— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 5, 2022
19:07 Brazil 0-0 South Korea

6min: South Korea perhaps unsurprisingly are sitting off Brazil and inviting pressure...

19:05 Brazil 0-0 South Korea

3min: Big cheers from the Brazilian fans as Neymar makes his first attacking touch as part of a counter attack but the Korean defence quickly surrounds him before getting in a strong tackle to win the ball.

19:00 KICK-OFF: South Korea get this last-16 tie underway

Here is a reminder of the team news - Neymar and Son hug in the battle of the talismen before kick-off:

Brazil: Alisson, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Danilo, Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta, Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Richarlison.
Subs: Fred, Weverton, Dani Alves, Fabinho, Bruno Guimaraes, Antony, Rodrygo, Everton Ribeiro, Ederson, Bremer, Pedro, Martinelli.

South Korea: Seung-Gyu Kim, Moon-Hwan Kim, Min-Jae Kim, Young-Gwon Kim, Jin-Su Kim, In-Beom Hwang, Jung, Hee-Chan Hwang, Jae-Sung Lee, Heung-Min Son, Gue-Sung Cho.
Subs: Yoon, Paik, Bum-Keun Song, Jun-Ho Son, Hong, Eui-Jo Hwang, Na, Kang-In Lee, Kyung-Won Kwon, Jo, Chang-Hoon Kwon, Tae-Hwan Kim, Yu-Min Cho, Jeong, Min-Kyu Song.

Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

18:51 Here is how the World Cup bracket looks heading into tonight's game
18:48 Japan are knocked OUT of the World Cup on penalties by Croatia as goalkeeper Livakovic saves THREE woeful spot-kicks after 1-1 draw... with Japanese still awaiting first quarter-final appearance

We now know who Brazil or South Korea will be playing in the quarter-finals, and it will be Croatia following their penalty shootout win over Japan. You can read more on the game below...

Japan vs Croatia - World Cup 2022: Live score, team news and updates Follow Sportsmail's live blog for the World Cup last-16 clash between Japan and Croatia. Mail Online
18:45 Absolute no need for this from this Korea fan!

One South Korea supporter has gone straight for the throat! He is predicting a 7-1 Korea win tonight - referring to Brazil's famous 7-1 defeat by Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Mineirao.

18:38 Starmen Neymar and Son Heung-min have been warming up
18:32 It's the battle of Tottenham strikers in Qatar! Son Heung-min's miracle recovery gives South Korea a shot – but Richarlison and an ominous Brazil team stand in his way at the World Cup

MATT BARLOW: Little more than a month has passed since Son Heung-min learned he had fractured a cheekbone near his left eye socket in a collision with Chancel Mbemba, playing for Tottenham in Marseille.

A couple of weeks earlier, Richarlison limped out of a Spurs game with calf muscle damage and left the stadium on crutches, with tears streaming, fearing a problem like the one that ruled him out for a month last season.

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Spurs duo Son Heung-Min and Richarlison prepare to go head-to-head MATT BARLOW IN DOHA: Little more than a month has passed since Son Heung-min learned he had fractured a cheekbone near his left eye socket while playing for Spurs in the Champions League. Mail Online
18:22 Brazil fans look just as hyped as their team
18:18 You can forget Neymar though if you are a South Korea fan...

For them, there is only one super hero in town in the shape of Tottenham star Son Heung-min. You do think the forward will have to be at his best for the Asian side to have any chance of progressing.

18:10 Brazil make a couple of switches...

And I am referring to their previous full strength XI from when they beat Switzerland 2-0 to secure progress to the last-16 - and not the 1-0 defeat by Cameroon last time out where players were rested.

In come Neymar (obviously) and Danilo as Alex Sandro and Fred make way.

18:04 And here is that confirmation of Neymar's return to Brazil...

Equipe confirmada! ????????????

Com os retornos de Neymar Jr e Danilo, a Seleção Brasileira está escalada para a partida das oitavas de final da Copa do Mundo FIFA Qatar 2022.

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Vamos juntos por mais uma ⭐!

— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) December 5, 2022
17:59 Still waiting for official confirmation - but Neymar looks like he will start

And here he is arriving with team-mates...

17:53 Two changes for South Korea as they arrive at the ground

Kim Min-Jae and Wolves star Hwang Hee-chan come into the side, as Kwon Kyung-won and Lee Kang-in drop out from the team that secured qualification in a 2-1 win over Portugal.

Not feeling the same energy from Korea compared to their Brazil counterparts.

17:45 South Korean starting XI

[???????????????????????????????? ????????] 브라질전에 출전하는 ????????축구국가대표팀의 선발명단을 공개합니다!

✔2022 FIFA 카타르 월드컵 16강전
????????v????????#브라질 12.06(화) 04:00 (KST)#대한민국 #축구국가대표팀 더 뜨겁게, ???????????? ????????????????????

— theKFA (@theKFA) December 5, 2022
17:44 Brazil have now arrived - and you can't tell me they don't look up for it

Hard to imagine any team matching these vibes coming off a team bus.

Chegamos! Logo mais vamos para mais uma batalha!

Vale vaga nas quartas de final da Copa do Mundo FIFA Qatar 2022

— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) December 5, 2022

We have our first shootout of the World Cup coming up, with Japan and Croatia ending in a 1-1 draw after extra-time in their last-16 tie.

The winner of that encounter plays the winner of Brazil and South Korea so it's worth checking out who will triumph there by following our live coverage of that game right here.

17:30 The Brazil team are on their way to the ground

...not going to lie, my ball skills are atrocious at the best of times - so to I'm slightly envious that a person in a mascot suit makes keepy uppys look so, so easy. 

Bora, Brasil! A caminho do 974! Daqui a pouco entramos em campo contra a Coreia do Sul pelas oitavas de final da Copa do Mundo FIFA Qatar 2022

— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) December 5, 2022
17:23 Fans are arriving at Stadium 974 from both sides
17:00 'I'll be rooting for each one of you!': Football legend Pele reveals he will watch Brazil's World Cup last-16 match against South Korea from hospital... as the 82-year-old continues to battle against Covid and an infection

Pele has revealed he will be 'rooting' for Brazil's current star players as he watches their World Cup last-16 match against South Korea from hospital.

The 82-year-old, who won the World Cup in his career three times in 1958, 1962 and 1970, was omitted to hospital to treat a respiratory infection that was aggravated by Covid.

Pele will watch Brazil's World Cup last-16 match from hospital The 82-year-old, who won the FIFA World Cup in his playing career three times in 1958, 1962 and 1970, was omitted to hospital to treat a respiratory infection that was aggravated by Covid. Mail Online
16:50 These teams have seven previous meetings between them

And Brazil have won six of those, including their last meeting back in June when Brazil won 5-1 in a friendly.

In fact all of their meetings dating back to their first in 1995 have been outside of major tournaments, making tonight's match their first competitive clash against each other.

Korea's only win over Brazil was back in 1999 in Seoul.

Neymar scored twice as Brazil defeated South Korea 5-1 in a friendly in Seoul over the summer
16:40 Neymar and Richarlison from the start?

I doubt it, at least from the start. Brazil have enough quality in attack to not heavily rely on the forward these days - we are not in 2014 anymore.

There is definitely though an opportunity to throw him into the mixer later on though when Brazil may need a goal or, more likely, have the luxury of a lead to get some minutes into the PSG star's legs. 

16:27 It is the last World Cup game at Stadium 974

For now at least... Stadium 974 as you probably know by now is the temporary structure made up of 974 freights and this evening's last-16 match will be its last before it is dismantled.

However, it could return at a future date with speculation it could be shipped to Uruguay and be used as part of their bid to host the World Cup in its centenary year.

Here are the scenes ahead of kick-off as darkness looms over Qatar in Doha.

16:18 The sight all Brazil fans want to see - Neymar's shirt is back...

Olha só! Temos duas novidades entre os relacionados para a nossa decisão pelas oitavas de final da Copa do Mundo FIFA Qatar 2022

— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) December 5, 2022
16:01 Brazil fans in Doha have been showing their support for their hero
15:57 'He's sick, he's old... but he WILL go home': Football legend Pele's family claim he's NOT close to death - and is struggling with Covid and an infection as he continues to stay in hospital

It's a concerning time not just for Brazilian football but the global game as a whole following the recent reports surrounding the health of one of the legends of the game in Pele.

The three-time World Cup winner - who many argue is the greatest ever player - has been very ill in recent times. As ever though he continues to fight and here is the latest on his condition.

Football legend Pele's family claim he's NOT close to death Pele's daughters say he has been hospitalised since Tuesday to treat a respiratory infection aggravated by COVID-19. They added that the 82-year-old is under no imminent risk of death. Mail Online
15:49 Are you going to the game today?

Spot the football fan making his way to Stadium 974 later on this evening.

15:41 Superstitious Neymar flies his Parisian hairdresser to Doha to give him a new short peroxide style for his Brazil comeback... after scoring two against tonight's opponents South Korea when he last looked like this!

Neymar missed Brazil's games against Switzerland and Cameroon after suffering an ankle injury in their opening fixture against Serbia, but he is hoping to return today.

Neymar flies his hairdresser to Doha to give him a new peroxide style Neymar missed Brazil's games against Switzerland and Cameroon after suffering an ankle injury in their opening fixture against Serbia but is hoping to return today. Mail Online
15:23 'I feel good!': Neymar celebrates his return to training as Brazil boss Tite confirms talisman WILL play in World Cup last-16 clash against South Korea after overcoming ankle injury in opening group-stage win over Serbia

Neymar missed Brazil's games against Switzerland and Cameroon after suffering an ankle problem in their opening fixture against Serbia.

Neymar celebrates return to training following injury Neymar missed Brazil's games against Switzerland and Cameroon after suffering an ankle problem in their opening fixture against Serbia. Mail Online
15:05 The day the World Cup favourites keep marching on to the quarter-finals?

You would be a brave person to bet against it. There seems to be only one winner this evening when Brazil take on South Korea - especially with Neymar set to return from injury.

But we have had a few surprises at this World Cup already so can South Korea spring a shock? Good afternoon all and welcome to our live coverage of all the action as it happens.


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