Monday, March 1, 2021

Pfizer and AstraZeneca Vaccines Incredibly Effective – Significantly Reduce Hospitalization


Preliminary results from a study by researchers from the Public Health Scotland and the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde show that

  1. vaccinated with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, there was an 85 percent reduction in the number of people in hospital due to Covid-19 caused by a coronavirus infection.
  2. And the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine reduced the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 by 94 percent.

The study was carried out on a population sample of 1.14 million people, based on the experience of vaccinations given in Scotland between 8 December and 15 February. The researchers looked at the effects of both vaccines after the first doses, comparing them with statistics on the number of hospitalizations in groups of the population that had not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The calculation methodology used in the study shows that the two vaccines reduced the number of serious illnesses requiring hospital treatment for coronavirus infection by an average of 81 per cent in the over-80 age group, identified by the British Government’s Joint Vaccination Commission (JCVI) as the most vulnerable population.

Professor Aziz Sheikh, director of research at the University of Edinburgh and head of the vaccine efficacy study in Scotland, described the results of the survey program as “very, very remarkable” in a statement released on Monday. He added:

the study clearly showed that both the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine were effective in preventing serious diseases caused by coronavirus infection.

According to Professor Sheikh, the results are very encouraging and provide a strong foundation for optimism about the future. The efficacy of vaccinations has also been suggested by previous data analyzes.

According to a study by the British Office for Statistics (ONS), the proportion of people over the age of 80 who have antibodies to the coronavirus is the highest in the English population. The analysis of the ONS also made a direct indication that this study result has a significant chance of showing the effectiveness of the UK vaccination campaign.

According to the British vaccination schedule, the over-80 age group received the highest proportion of vaccinations against the coronavirus. Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, recently told BBC television that if very high-risk groups in the population were vaccinated in very large numbers, deaths from coronavirus epidemics and serious illnesses requiring hospital treatment could be reduced by up to 99 per cent after both doses. .

Since the start of the vaccination campaign in the UK on 8 December, 17.6 million have received the first dose of the vaccine; this is a third of the total British adult population.

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