Israeli Health Ministry: Level of antibodies generated by Pfizer vaccine higher than in those who contracted COVID-19

January 19, 2021 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The level of antibodies that the Pfizer-developed Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine produces is higher than that found in those who contracted the virus and their bodies produced it naturally, the Israeli Health Ministry has found.

Israelis receiving the Covid-19 vaccine at the vaccination centre of Clalit health service organization in Ramat Gan. Ramat Gan, Dec 22, 2020. Photo by Eitan Elhadez-Barak/TPS

Appearing before the Knesset’s Constitution Committee on Monday, Dr Roy Singer, Deputy Director of the Department of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health, said that he does not know if there is another such virus in which “the vaccine will protect better than infection with the disease itself.”

Pfizer and its collaborator, BioNTech, announced that the vaccine was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection in the first interim efficacy analysis.

The Ministry of Health updated Monday morning over 2,116,257 Israelis have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, some 23.8% of the population.

Some 152,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday, 72,000 received the first dose, and 80,000 the second dose.

Pfizer has shipped millions of doses to the country, which has essentially turned into a massive testing ground for its vaccine.

The Health Ministry has agreed to share data from its vaccinations operation with Pfizer.

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One Response to “Israeli Health Ministry: Level of antibodies generated by Pfizer vaccine higher than in those who contracted COVID-19”
  1. Eion Isaac says:

    Here Israel Egalitarian Health System has shown competency and compassion but Israel faulted badly in containing the virus with more than 4,000 deaths including people decades before their natural life .
    The health workers and all first responders and support staff deserve great praise .
    We ought not forget the very brave souls in the trials that risked having the placebo dose some of whom died .

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