After 2 doses of Pfizer vaccine, 300 recipients in Israel still infected with covid virus-Report
London, Jan. 29, 2021 (AltAfrica)-In Israel, initial Initial studies of covid-19 vaccination reveal a mix bag but a significant drop in infections and hospitalizations after just one dose, and very few cases after two. Experts caution that the results are preliminary.
After getting two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, three hundred recipients in Israel still got infected with the dreaded covid virus, a new reports confirms
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In spite of that, the report says the vaccine still prevents almost all cases of the disease taken into consideration the percentage of success
Israel, which is leading the world with its vaccination rollout, have revealed preliminary data which suggests just 0.04% of those who have had both doses went on to develop Covid-19.
Of 700,000 people who were vaccinated, just 300 later contracted the virus and only 16 needed hospital treatment. Professor Eyal Leshem, an Israeli infectious diseases specialist, said the reports were ‘very good news’
‘The initial findings are quite incredible,’ he added. ‘
After one dose, the cases fell substantially and after two, there were just 0.4%.
‘Time will tell, we still need to accumulate data but these are very encouraging preliminary reports.’
He said the research indicates the vaccine also protects against the more infectious UK variant of Covid-19 – reinforcing Pfizer and BioNTech’s confirmation on Thursday that the jab protects against mutant strains.
More than 30% of Israel’s population has received a vaccine, and the country is taking part in several studies in collaboration with Pfizer to assess effectiveness.
Professor Leshem added: ‘On one hand, we’re seeing very high community transmission rates with 1,000s of cases every day – the highest rates we’ve experienced since the beginning of the outbreak.
‘But when we look specifically at these hundreds of thousands of Israelis that are vaccinated, they don’t get infected.
‘And even in those few cases that get infected, they experience a mild disease – only a handful need to go to the hospital, only a handful experienced severe disease and needed to be admitted to the hospital.
‘It’s what we call real life, ecologic evidence of vaccine efficacy – the high efficacy of the vaccine.’
The majority of the people vaccinated so far were over 60.
Initial studies have also found a significant reduction in cases among those who have had one dose of the vaccine.
Israel has established itself as a vaccination powerhouse. So far, more three million people have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine – including 82% of people over 60 – and 1.5 million have been given both shots.
Beginning Thursday, Israel started vaccinating people as young as 35 at a pace of 200,000 shots per day.