The numbers are dramatic, and that is what the Israeli health authorities refer to. Israel’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday that the vaccines against the coronavirus were “dramatically” effective. According to the latest data, the Biontech / Pfizer vaccinations used almost exclusively would prevent 98.9 percent of deaths from Covid-19. The “Times of Israel” reports.
“ The vaccine dramatically reduces serious illnesses and deaths,” Chezy Levy, director general of the Ministry of Health, is quoted as saying. “This influence can be seen in our morbidity statistics.”
According to data released by the ministry, the vaccine also protects 99.2 percent from serious illness, reduces the number of deaths by 95.8 percent, and lowers the likelihood of hospitalization by 98.9 percent. The data compare Israelis who received both doses of the vaccine 14 days ago with people who are not vaccinated.
According to the study, vaccinated people are no longer contagious
The se latest data are even more optimistic than just reported results from Israel’s largest government health provider, Clalit Health Services. According to its figures, the vaccine is 94 percent effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 and 92 percent effective in averting severe cases. According to the newspapers “Bild” and “Spiegel”, another, as yet unpublished “large observational study” from Pfizer’s study shows that vaccinated people are no longer contagious.
It was found that the vaccine was almost 90 percent efficient in preventing Sars-CoV-2 infections. “For the further course of the pandemic, this news can be decisive in several ways,” says the news portal of “Spiegel”. The re are signs that vaccinated people not only protect themselves but also others.
Israel spreads hope
Israel’s vaccination program is considered the fastest in the world. The necessary quantities of vaccine were ordered in good time and the necessary infrastructure was set up. A third of the population is already fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The country thus has a large database of how the administered vaccines affect the course of the disease and the rate of infection. This makes Israel “the first country in the world that can show the effect of the vaccine in the real clinical world,” said Health Director Levy.
“Our goal,” says Levy, “is to continue to vaccinate everyone over the age of 16, and when the time comes, also those under 16, in order to achieve the broadest possible coverage of the population.” This is to “enable us to return to the normal life we all long for.”
Further relief in Israel
Israel on Sunday introduced relief for citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from illness. With a “Green Pass” they can visit fitness studios, hotels, theaters or sporting events, among other things.
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