Israel is vaccinating its population at a rapid pace: A special deal with vaccine manufacturer Biontech / Pfizer has given the country a special delivery. According to a report by the German Press Agency (dpa), Israel pays a little more for the vaccine doses and also shares data from its health system with the manufacturers. By the end of March, if there is another election, all five million Israelis over the age of 16 will be offered a vaccination.
Health insurance companies can already compare how the number of corona infections is developing. On the one hand there are patients who have received at least one of the two vaccine doses and still had to take corona tests for various reasons. On the other side are people who have not yet been vaccinated.
Clalit, one of the largest health insurance companies, compared 200,000 vaccinated people over the age of 60 with the same number of non-vaccinated people. In the vaccinated group, the number of infections was already 33 percent lower two weeks after the first dose. At Maccabi, another health insurance company, there were even 60 percent fewer positive corona tests two weeks after the first vaccination. The Ministry of Health spoke of a total of 50 percent fewer cases. It has not yet been announced whether and, if so, how many serious infections there were in the vaccinated.