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

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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.

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