A drop in effectiveness of Pfizer vaccine regarding Delta variant seen in Israel

Photo: EPA

Israel has seen a drop in the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine as the Delta variant spreads across the country,the Health Ministry said on Monday, dpa reported. Since 6 June, the vaccine's effectiveness in preventing infection has dropped to 64%, the data show. In February, Israeli data had put the number at 95.8%.

The number of registered infections has been rising significantly for about two weeks in Israel, fuelled by the more virulent Delta strain first detected in India. Many of those infected were younger people.

Israel has a population of about 9.3 million. Of that, 5.2 million are fully vaccinated. The country has largely used only the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.

Similar articles

  • Tunisia Islamist party counters president

    Tunisia Islamist party counters president

    The leader of Tunisia’s Islamist party and speaker of parliament that his party is working to form a “national front” to counter President Kais Saied’s decision to suspend the legislature, fire top government officials and take control of the fragile democracy amid the country’s multi-layered crisis.

  • Lebanon names billionaire businessman as PM-designate

    Lebanon names billionaire businessman as PM-designate

    Leading Lebanese businessman Najib Mikati secured enough votes in parliamentary consultations on Monday to be designated the next prime minister, raising hopes for an urgently needed viable government to tackle a crippling financial crisis, news wires reported. Mikati said he would work to form a government and implement a French plan to save the country from its crippling financial crisis.

  • Tunisia's president suspends parliament, fires PM, tensions rise

    Tunisia's president suspends parliament, fires PM, tensions rise

    Tunisia's President Kais Saied dismissed the government and suspended parliament on Sunday, following violent nationwide protests over the country’s economic troubles and virus crisis, news wires reported. Saied said he would assume executive authority with the assistance of a new prime minister, in the biggest challenge yet to a 2014 democratic constitution that split powers between president, prime minister and parliament.

    Thousands of people defied virus restrictions and scorching heat to demonstrate Sunday in the capital, Tunis, and other cities. The largely young crowds shouted “Get out!” and slogans calling for the dissolution of parliament and early elections. Clashes erupted in many places.