Officials say Pfizer vaccine is only 39% effective against the Delta variant in Israel | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Officials say Pfizer vaccine is only 39% effective against the Delta variant in Israel

In a new report, Israel’s health ministry said Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is just 39% effective in its country now that the Delta variant has emerged as the dominant variant. However, Israel said local data showed that the two-shot vaccine is still highly effective at preventing severe illness (88%) and in reducing the need for hospitalization (91%).
The Israeli statistics, which were published Thursday, do not align with recent data from the U.K. showing that Pfizer’s vaccine was 88% effective against symptomatic disease caused by the Delta variant.

Critics say Israel’s data could be skewed due to the fact that a significant percentage of the COVID-19 tests in the country were conducted among the elderly and in areas with high case numbers. Only a small number of young and vaccinated people were tested.

Israel, which started vaccinating its population before many other countries, has already begun administering a third dose of Pfizer’s vaccine to adults with compromised immune systems. At this time, U.S. officials don’t think it’s necessary to administer booster shots to Israel’s general population.

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