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Study in Israel claims big drop in Pfizer protection; experts sceptical

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Published: 23 July 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Report says protection against serious illness fell to 80% for general public, and to 50% for over-60s; government announces switch to Moderna vaccine from August 1

Israeli study claims major drop in vaccine protection; experts don’t believe it (Times of Israel)
Report says protection against serious COVID-19 illness fell to 80%, or 50% for over-60s; government adviser, physician and health statistics expert all criticise research

Israel shifts to Moderna vaccine as minister warns Delta Covid 'won't disappear soon' (Haaretz)
Health Minister Horowitz says the battle against the delta variant could last many months. So far, Israel has relied on the Pfizer vaccine in its vaccination drive, as of August 1, much of the public will be getting the Moderna vaccine

Israel reports sharp decline in Pfizer coronavirus vaccine efficacy (Ynet)
Preliminary data from an analysis conducted by the Health Ministry shows 42% decrease in vaccine protection from infections and up to 60% from severe illness among vaccinated; Israel mulls 3rd booster shot for all over 65s

Photo: A technician collects a swab sample for COVID-19, at a testing centre in Tel Aviv (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

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