Vaccination against the new coronavirus significantly contributes to reducing the number of hospitalized patients. This follows the results of two British studies, which were published on Monday, the AP agency reports.
The first study was carried out in Scotland and involved researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as experts from the Regional Public Health Office.
They found that vaccination with the first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine resulted in a drop in patients admitted to hospitals of up to 85 percent; for the AstraZeneca vaccine, there was a 94 percent decrease.
“These results are very encouraging and give us many reasons for optimism in the future,” said Professor Aziz Sheikh of the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh.
The second study was conducted by the English Public Health Office (PHE) among health professionals. Preliminary results from the study show that the risk of coronavirus infection was reduced by 70 percent after the first dose and by 85 percent after the second dose of the vaccine. Thus, the results also suggest that the vaccine may also help to prevent the spread of the disease.
“This new evidence shows that the vaccine protects ourselves, but also the people around us,” said British Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
In addition, testing in the wider population showed that the Pfizer / BionTech vaccine was 57% effective in the asymptomatic course of the disease in people over 80 years of age, three to four weeks after the first dose. After the second dose, this number increased to 85 percent.
Overall, the number of hospitalizations and deaths after the first dose of the vaccine should be reduced by more than 75 percent, said the English Public Health Office.
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