In addition, the vaccine has an effectiveness of almost 96 percent after two vaccine doses. As the Israeli Ministry of Health announced, 95.8 percent fewer infections were found in vaccinated people two weeks after the second dose of vaccine than in non-vaccinated people. One week after the second dose, the effectiveness was 91.9 percent.
According to the study, two weeks after the second dose, the vaccine also protects 99.2 percent against serious illness and 98.9 percent against fatal outcome.
Israel’s vaccination campaign is considered the most successful in the world. In the country with around nine million inhabitants, according to the Ministry of Health, 4.25 million people have already received at least one corona vaccine dose. 2.88 million people have already received both vaccine doses necessary for complete immunization.
There is also positive news about the AstraZeneca vaccine. According to the developers, at least twelve weeks between the first and second dose have positive effects on the effectiveness. “The strategy of first vaccinating more people with one dose may lead to greater immunity in the population than only vaccinating half of people with two doses,” wrote chief developer Andrew Pollard in the journal “The Lancet”.
This strategy is necessary because the availability of the vaccines is limited, said the expert from the University of Oxford. The results of recent clinical studies with more than 17,000 subjects in Great Britain, South Africa and Brazil underpin the strategy of the British government to plan a longer interval between the first and second dose – at least for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
With an interval of at least twelve weeks between the first and second dose, the vaccine was 81 percent effective. If there were only up to six weeks between the two doses, this only reached 55 percent.
Grner Pass in Israel
Meanwhile, Israel on Sunday introduced relief for citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from illness. With a Green Pass they can visit gyms, hotels, theaters or sporting events, among other things. Health Minister Yuli Edelstein wrote on Twitter that more than 3.2 million Israelis could now enjoy these benefits. The aim of the easing for the two groups is also to stimulate the economy in the country again.
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