Italian study shows COVID-19 infections, deaths plummeting after jabs

ROM (Reuters) - COVID-19 infections in adults of all ages decreased by 80% five weeks after a first dose of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine, according to Italian research published on Saturday.
The first such study by a country of the European Union on the actual effects of its vaccination campaign was carried out by the Italian National Health Institute (ISS) and the Ministry of Health on 13.7 million people vaccinated nationwide.
Scientists began studying data from the start of the vaccination campaign in Italy on December 27, 2020 from December 27, 2020 to May 3, 2021.
The analysis showed that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, hospitalization and death progressively decreased after the first two weeks after the primary vaccination.
"From 35 days after the first dose, infections have decreased by 80%, hospital admissions by 90%, and deaths by 95%," the ISS said, adding that the same pattern was observed in both men and women of legal age .
"These data confirm the effectiveness of the vaccination campaign and the need to quickly achieve high population coverage to end the emergency," ISS President Silvio Brusaferro said in the statement.
Of the nearly 14 million people included in the Italian study, 95% of those who took Pfizer and Moderna had completed the vaccination cycle, while none of those given AstraZeneca had received a second dose.
So far, Italy has followed the manufacturer's recommendations, giving a second dose of Pfizer three weeks after the first, a second dose of Moderna after a four-week break, and a second dose of AstraZeneca after a twelve-week break.
By Saturday morning, around 8.3 million Italians, or 14% of the population, had been fully vaccinated while around 10 million people had received a first sting.
(Reporting by Emilio Parodi; editing by Crispian Balmer)

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