By Sally Underwood • 11 March 2021 • 15:26
According to the figures, the Pfizer jab prevents at least 94 per cent of Covid infections.
The Israeli study looked into the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine, finding it stopped 94 per cent of asymptomatic infections.
Pfizer and the Israeli Ministry of Health announced the vaccine also stopped 97 per cent of symptomatic cases, hospitalisations and deaths.
The results were measured two weeks after the second dose of the jab, suggesting the effectiveness seen after the first dose may be even better once vaccination is complete.
Yeheskel Levy, director of the health ministry, said: “This clearly demonstrates the power of the Covid-19 vaccine to fight this virus.
“We aim to achieve even higher uptake in people of all ages, which gives us hope of regaining normal economic and social function in the not-so-distant future.”
Luis Jodar, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Pfizer’s vaccines unit, said the findings are, “particularly meaningful as we look to disrupt the spread of the virus around the globe.”
The news comes after Spain’s Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, announced Spain will receive 4.8 million vaccines from Pfizer this April.
The minister again insisted the objective continues to be the vaccination of 70 per cent of the Spanish population for the summer.
She explained that the essential thing is “the vaccines that we have contracted arrive. With those that will arrive in March, we will begin to meet our objectives, we are working closely with the communities to increase their vaccination abilities.”
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