The third spade has been available in Israel since the end of July. In the country, the vaccine is almost exclusively administered by Pfizer / Biontech. Now the first data show how effective the third dose protects against corona. According to the preliminary figures from the Ministry of Health, the risk of falling seriously or even at all falls to around a tenth twelve days after the booster.
A corresponding study is to be published soon in the “New England Journal of Medicine”. This is what Nachman Ash, director of the Israeli Ministry of Health, told CNN. The data would show that a third dose of vaccine could reduce both the risk of transmission and the risk of severe Covid disease, the authors write in their preliminary paper. In addition, the figures would indicate that booster vaccinations have great potential to curb the delta variant.
Examined data from over a million people
The researchers examined the data of over a million Israelis over the age of 60 who were vaccinated against corona for a third time between July 30 and August 22. So far, around 2.8 million people in Israel have received a third dose.
After an early start of the vaccination campaign and extensive easing for the summer, the corona numbers in Israel have risen drastically since June. The values from winter were even exceeded at the end of August and beginning of September. In the meantime, the number of new infections has fallen slightly again.
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So far not for the general public in Switzerland
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) intends to complete its assessment of a booster vaccination with the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer / Biontech in the next few weeks. According to EMA and, there is currently no urgent need for booster vaccinations in the general population. However, they should be considered in severely immunocompromised people.
The Italian drug authority Aifa has already given the green light for another corona vaccination to certain population groups. First, people with a weak immune system should be vaccinated again.
In Switzerland, a third dose is administered to people at risk in individual cantons. There is still no third vaccination for the general population. (noo / SDA)