In a shocking statement, the Israeli government has claimed; that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is less effective against the Delta variant. The country has observed a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. However, this time the Delta variant is dominant in most of the cases.
Israel Claims Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine is Less Effective Against the Delta Variant
The Israeli government claims that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine; is less effective against the Delta variant. Earlier, the vaccine had a good impact on the country’s residents. However, later when the Delta variant started dominating; the vaccine has become less effective. The vaccine provided 94 percent protection against severe COVID-19 cases earlier. But now, experts have seen a drastic change in the protection percentage. The vaccine’s efficacy was recorded 64 percent; against severe cases between June 6 and early July.
Curbs in Restrictions Led to a Sudden Surge in Cases
Recently, Israel lifted all its bans and eased the curbs in June. This led to a sudden surge in the daily cases. On the other hand, the Delta variant started dominating the country. In the meantime, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine efficacy underwent a sudden decline. Experts reported that the vaccine gave sufficient protection from the virus and prevent hospitalization. But now, the vaccine’s efficacy has fallen down; as a result of the emerging Delta variant. However, the vaccine gave good protection against other COVID-19 variants.
New Cases Coming from Vaccinated Individuals
So far, more than 57 percent of Israel’s population is fully vaccinated. The country has carried out; one of the most successful vaccination drives in the world. However, 55 percent of the new infections are coming from vaccinated individuals. Besides that, they were inoculated with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The country recorded 35 severe infections until July 4; most of them vaccinated. Henceforth, Israel’s PM has ordered to conduct a study of those people; who are vaccinated and yet contracted the virus.
Other COVID-19 Vaccine Approved in Israel
Israel became one of the world’s mask-free countries recently. However, the government has decided to reimpose restrictions; considering the situation. Pfizer’s CEO, Dr. Albert Bourla said that people might require a third jab for further immunization. Besides Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Israel has approved Moderna jabs as well.