Less than one per cent catch Covid a week after second vaccine dose, Israeli study finds
Or an 18 year old can get a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at Clalit Health Services - AFP / AFP
Israel announced Monday evening that less than one percent of a group of fully vaccinated patients had developed Covid. This is the strongest evidence yet that the shocks are highly effective.
A study by Maccabi, an Israeli health care provider, found that only 20 out of around 128,000 people had the disease when tested about a week after receiving their second dose.
"New data from Maccabi Healthcare Services, one of the largest healthcare providers in Israel, shows that only 20 out of ~ 128,600 people were infected with the COVID-19 virus more than a week after receiving their second dose of vaccine." The health care provider said in a statement Monday evening.
About half of the 20 patients who became infected with Covid had chronic symptoms, while the rest reported mild symptoms such as cough, headache, and fatigue.
Anat Ekka Zohar, a senior physician at Maccabi, said, "This is very encouraging data. We will monitor these patients closely to see if they continue to have mild symptoms and no complications from the virus." .
It came when Israeli health officials said they were confident that their Pfizer and Moderna vaccines would be effective against all news strains of the virus, including the UK variant.
"The vaccine works against the British mutation, but the viral infection rate is much faster than the vaccination rate," said Dr. Sharon Alroy Prize, Director of Public Health for the Israeli Government.
Israeli officials have warned that up to 70 percent of new coronavirus cases in the country may have been caused by the British tribe and that children are catching it more often than initially expected.
"Forty percent of diseases are children, a percentage higher than their proportion of the population," said Dr. Alroy Price told Israeli reporters on Monday.
"We're seeing an increase in infections between the ages of six and nine. This is exactly the age group that should go back to school [at the end of the lockdown]."
More than a quarter of Israel's population has been vaccinated against coronavirus, with priority given to those over 40.
Over the weekend, Israel expanded the program to include 16-18 year olds so that they can take important high school exams on time.
Meanwhile, Nachman Ash, the Israeli coronavirus czar, said he believed the vaccines would be effective against all new strains, but was particularly confident about the British variant.
"Most of the mutations that we think will stop we know with a very high probability in relation to the British variant," he told Israeli radio station 103 FM.
Meanwhile, some members of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community have taken to the streets to protest the country's third nationwide lockdown.
A bus driver was pulled from his seat and the vehicle set on fire during a riot in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak on Monday.
Israeli officials said 9.3 percent of coronavirus test results recorded on Sunday were positive, the second highest reading this month.
More than a thousand people died of coronavirus in Israel this month, bringing the death toll to 4,419.
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