Staff opened the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine cabinet in Israel in January.  Photo: Reuters.

Israel says the Pfizer vaccine is 94% effective


Research by Israel’s largest health care provider on more than half a million people who received two shots of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine found it to be 94% effective.

In a statement on Feb. 14, Clalit Health Services said its researchers conducted a trial with 600,000 people who had received two doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and 600,000 who had not been vaccinated.

“The rate of symptomatic infection decreased by 94% and the rate with severe symptoms decreased by 92%, compared to 600,000 people who have not been vaccinated. are 70 years old and over, “Clalit said.

Staff opened the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine cabinet in Israel in January. Image: Reuters.

Israel is the world leader in the number of vaccines injected per capita. 3.8 million people got the first shot, while 2.4 million got the second shot. The country of 9 million people is easing the restrictions imposed during the third national blockade. They aim to vaccinate everyone over the age of 16 by the end of March.

Israel records more than 724,000 cases and more than 5,300 deaths, they report 2,000-3,000 new cases a day in the last few days. Israel plans to partially open hotels and gyms from Feb. 23 to those who have received two vaccines or are considered immune due to recovery from COV infection. The country may reopen hotel dining rooms, restaurants and cafes on March 9.

Clalit said the aforementioned study was conducted with people who had a second shot at least 7 days before the test and that the research will expand in the future. They assumed that the study’s accuracy would increase when subjects were tested 14 or more days after the second injection.

Israel currently only deploys the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, although it holds a small amount of the vaccine developed by American biotechnology company Moderna. Israel has an abundant supply of vaccines from Pfizer following a data-sharing agreement.

The agreement states that Israel, which has one of the world’s most sophisticated health data systems, will share real-time information with Pfizer on the effects of vaccines, including progress towards immunity. community. Clalite is the largest healthcare provider in Israel, directly responsible for vaccination and collecting data on their effects.

Phuong Vu (Follow AFP)

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