The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine cuts the risk of COVID-19 infection by about 50 percent 14 days after the first of two doses is administered, according to a report citing preliminary data from Israel’s inoculation program.
Top Health Ministry official Sharon Alroy-Preis told Channel 12 News that the data was based on results of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus tests among both those who’ve received the jab and those who haven’t, the Times of Israel reported.
Israel — where daily infections and total cases have reached all-time highs — is leading the world in terms of vaccinations and has administered about two million doses, nearly a fifth of its population, according to the outlet.
By the end of March, 5.2 million citizens are expected to have been vaccinated.
Meanwhile, somewhat different data was released by the country’s health-maintenance organizations.
Channel 13 News reported Tuesday that according to figures released by Clalit, Israel’s largest health provider, the chance of someone being infected