Pfizer / BioNTech, as well as vaccines from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, are also drastically reducing the number of hospitalizations for coronavirus infections, at least according to a study by the Scottish Government. Preliminary results from a study carried out by researchers from the Public Health Service and a number of Scottish universities show that
- those vaccinated with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine reduced the number of people in need of hospital care by 85 percent.
- For AstraZeneca / Oxford, this figure is 94 percent.
The researchers looked at the effects after the first doses of both vaccines, comparing them with statistics on the number of hospitalizations in groups of the population that had not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus, requiring hospitalization.
According to the study, in the over-80 age group, which was declared the most vulnerable population, the two vaccines reduced the number of serious illnesses requiring hospital treatment for coronavirus infection by an average of 81 percent.
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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