Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine greatly reduces virus transmission, Israeli studies show 9 months ago

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine greatly reduces virus transmission, Israeli studies show

Hugely encouraging news

The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine "greatly reduces" transmission of the virus, two Israeli studies have shown.

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It recently emerged that the Pfizer jab offers up to 85 per cent protection after just one dose, and now a study conducted by Israeli Health Ministry and Pfizer Inc shows that the jab, produced in Germany, reduces infection in asymptomatic cases by 89.4% as well as in symptomatic cases (93.7%.)

The study has not yet been peer reviewed and neither Pfizer nor the Israeli Health Ministry have made public comment on the findings, but the early signs are good.

A different study by Israel’s Sheba Medical Centre also found that among 7,214 hospital staff who were given their first dose, there was a reduction of 85 per cent in symptomatic Covid-19 within 15 to 28 days, and an overall reduction of infections, including asymptomatic cases detected by testing, of 75%.

Michal Linial, a professor of molecular biology and bioinformatics at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, spoke positively of the findings.

"Whether it is 75 or 90 percent reduction doesn’t matter - it is a big drop in transmission," Linial said.

"It means that not only is the individual vaccinated protected, the inoculation also provides protection to his or her surroundings."

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News broke on Saturday night that every adult in Britain would be offered their first Covid-19 jab before the end of July this year.

"Hitting 15 million vaccinations was a significant milestone - but there will be no let up, and I want to see the rollout go further and faster in the coming weeks," Johnson said.

"We will now aim to offer a jab to every adult by the end of July, helping us to protect the most vulnerable sooner and take further steps to ease some of the restrictions.

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"But there should be no doubt - the route out of lockdown will be cautious and phased, as we all continue to protect ourselves and those around us."