Israeli HMO Maccabi has published some really encouraging data about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Only 20 out of of some 128,600 of their patients who have received both doses of the vaccine more than a week ago have contracted COVID afterward.
That’s just .0155% of that population, compared to .65% of the general population that would contract COVID in Israel during a given week. In other words, without the vaccine, some 836 of that group would have been expect to contract COVID-19 every week in Israel. That’s a 97.6% reduction in people who would have contracted COVID-19 that week!
Most of those 20 people are over 55 and more importantly, none of the 20 people infected were hospitalized or even had a fever above 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pfizer’s study of 43,000 people showed that their vaccine was 95% effective and Maccabi’s analysts say that these numbers appear to be even better than that!
The Israeli Ministry of Health says that 63 of 430,000 Israelis who have been received both doses have contracted COVID, or a similar .0146% of that population. 2,795 of those people would have been expected to contract COVID-19. That’s a 97.7% reduction in people who would have contracted COVID-19 that week!
פרסום ראשון: על פי נתוני משרד הבריאות, מתוך כ-430 אלף מתחסני מנה שניה, 63 נדבקו בקורונה שבוע לאחר קבלת המנה. 0.014%
— מאיר מרציאנו (@Meir_Marciano) January 25, 2021
That is pretty incredible and should give us hope that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel!
In total, more than 2.6 million out of 9 million total Israelis have received 1 dose and 1.2 million Israelis have received both doses of the vaccine.
Now, how do we get Israel to run the US vaccination program? 😀