Pfizer vaccine protection against infection declines to 64% in Israel – Fox News

Israel on Monday said the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was still very reliable in preventing severe illness, while also reporting a decrease in preventing infections and symptomatic disease. The vaccine effectiveness of preventing infection and symptomatic illness fell to 64% given that June 6, the Health Ministry said, Reuters reported.
Vials of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are all set to be injected to medical staff at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel on Dec. 20, 2020. On Monday, the Health Ministry said the vaccines efficiency for avoiding infections and symptomatic illness had declined however remained high for preventing severe health problem. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit).
The Delta variant is estimated to spread 40-60% more easily than the Alpha variant that dominated the U.S. by April, which itself was some 50% more transmissible than the original strain.Fox News has actually reached out to Pfizer but has actually not heard back. The ministry did not divulge what the previous effectiveness level against infections was before the decline. In May, it published a report that stated two dosages of the Pfizer vaccine was more than 95% effective versus infections, hospitalizations and severe health problem, according to the news company. Around 60% of Israels population has received at least one shot of the Pfizer vaccine. The country consequently saw a drop in coronavirus cases from more than 100,000 in January to single digits in June. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSince the ending of social range and mask requirements, the country has seen cases increase, reaching 343 on Sunday..