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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine effective against coronavirus variants, study finds Israel Ministry of Healt


Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine effective against coronavirus variants, study finds
Israel Ministry of Health study shows promising results for Pfizer/BioNtech against coronavirus variants

A new COVID-19 vaccine study out of Israel claims the Pfizer jabs are effective against variants, according to a new study published in a medical journal.

Two shots of Pfizer/BioNtech's vaccine delivered more than 95% protection from infection, severe illness and death, the Israel Ministry of Health reported in The Lancet.

"Two doses of BNT162b2 are highly effective across all age groups in preventing symptomatic and asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19-related hospitalizations, severe disease, and death, including those caused by the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant," the study said.

B.1.1.7 is known as the variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

The study added the Pfizer vaccine provided 95.3% protection against infection and 96.7% protection against death seven days after the second dose.

Full vaccination mattered as one dose alone gave just 57.7% protection against infection, 75.7% against hospitalization, and 77% against death.

"By 14 days after vaccination, protections conferred by a second dose increased to 96.5% protection against infection, 98% against hospitalization, and 98.1% against death," the study said. .................

That's one thing that we have suspected for a while. The British variant may be more contagious (and thus prove the folly of "social distancing") but it has never been noted for being resistant to any antibodies or vaccines. That may be more of a concern for the South African or Brazilian strains, but those have not exploded in the same way worldwide that the British strain did, so at least in the South African case, it may not even be as contagious (which would be a very good sign).


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