The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is highly effective against the Delta variant of COVID-19, a Pfizer official in Israel said Thursday.
First identified in India, Delta is emerging as the globally dominant version of the coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization.
“The data we have today, accumulating from research we are doing in the lab and including data from where the Indian variant, Delta, replaced the UK variant as the common variant, indicates that our vaccine is very effective, about 90%. , in the prevention of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, ”Alon Rappaport, medical director of Pfizer in Israel, told local Army Radio.
A Pfizer spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment when asked to provide more details.
Israel, with one of the world’s most advanced vaccination campaigns largely based on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, still lacks enough data to provide insight into the efficacy of the vaccine against the Delta variant, said Sharon Alroy- Preis, head of public health at the Israeli Ministry of Health.
“We are collecting the data now. We are only now seeing the first cases of the Delta variant in Israel – around 200 of them – so we’ll know more soon, ”she told reporters on Wednesday.
An analysis from Public Health England (PHE), where the Delta variant is more prevalent, found that the Pfizer / BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines provide over 90% protection against hospitalization of the Delta variant.
In Israel, more than half of the 9.3 million people have received both Pfizer injections and a sharp drop in the number of cases has lifted most economic restrictions.
But confirmed cases have increased in recent days, and health officials have urged parents to vaccinate their 12 to 15-year-old children, who were made eligible this month.
Alroy-Preis said about 65% of Israel’s population is protected against COVID-19, either through vaccination or recovering from the disease, a figure which she said was still a long way from providing “immunity. collective ”.
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