Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Israel releases encouraging data on Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine efficacy


Results still partial, but very encouraging. The Israeli Ministry of Health affirmed, Saturday February 20, that the injection of the two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine allowed in 95.8% of cases not to be contaminated by Sars-CoV-2. Some 2.88 million Israelis are now vaccinated out of the country’s 9.2 million inhabitants, according to the health ministry. In addition, nearly 4.45 million people received just one dose.

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The Jewish state launched a massive vaccination campaign on December 19, considered one of the fastest in the world, thanks to a deal with Pfizer allowing Israel to quickly obtain millions of doses in exchange for data biomedical studies on the effect of the vaccine.

According to the Ministry of Health, the vaccine was shown to be 95.8% effective in preventing contamination with the coronavirus, two weeks after the injection of the second dose. Pfizer-BioNTech’s product also helps prevent severe forms of Covid-19 at 99.2% and 98.9% to prevent death.

The data, compiled up to February 13, showed that the vaccination was also effective one week after the injection of the second dose: at 91.9% to prevent contamination with the virus, at 96.4% to prevent severe forms of the disease and 94.5% to prevent death.

“Our objective is to continue the vaccination of the entire population aged 16 and over. (…) This will allow us to regain our habits”, the director general of the Ministry of Health said in a statement. Israel has recorded more than 744,000 official cases of Covid-19 for more than 5,500 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.



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