Delta variant in Israel, 500 infections: “Pfizer’s effectiveness decreases”

More than 500 new coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in Israel, struggling with the Delta variant of the virus, in the last 24 hours. This is the highest contagion figure since March, as the Ynet website underlines, explaining that doctors fear a thousand cases can be reached within the next week. Fifty percent of the new cases concern school students, the newspaper emphasizes, explaining that about 50,000 people are in quarantine. There are also 33 people hospitalized in serious condition. According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, the effectiveness of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine has dropped by thirty percent due to the spread of the Delta variant. For the ministry, the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech against Covid-19 is now 64% effective. In May, when the variant first diagnosed in India was less common, the vaccine was 94.3 percent effective.

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