New Delhi: In a major blow to the efficacity of Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, over 12, 400 who have been administered the vaccine have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus disease in Israel. As per reports, there 69 people who had even taken their second jab of the vaccine had also tested positive for the virus. Also Read - Corona Vaccination in Uttar Pradesh: Full List of Government And Private Hospitals Where You Can Get Shots
According to Israel’s health ministry, total 1,89,000 people were tested after they received Pfizer’s vaccine and 6.6 per cent of the people still tested positive for COVID-19. Israel’s vaccination drive began on December 19 wherein the elderly and people with comorbidities were prioritized for the vaccine shots. Health officials said that over a quarter of its citizens have already received the Pfizer Inc. vaccine so far, out of which, nearly 3.5 per cent have already got their second dose. Also Read - Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij Will Not Take 2nd Dose of Corona Vaccine - Here's Why
Earlier, Israel’s coronavirus czar Nachman Ash who is the national coordinator on the pandemic had said that Pfizer’s vaccine was “less effective than we had thought”. Also Read - India Going to Get 3-4 Vaccines in Weeks to Come, People Will Have Options to Choose, Says AIIMS Director
Reacting to Ash’s note of caution, the Israeli Ministry of Health said “the comments of the Israeli Covid-19 commissioner regarding the effect of the first dose of the vaccine were out of context and, therefore, inaccurate,” according to a BBC report on Thursday.
Ash’s comments came after thousands of people tested positive despite being jabbed.
The ministry said that the full protective impact of the vaccine is expected to be seen only after the second dose is also administered.
It is well-known that a single dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is not expected to provide full protection against the disease, although some countries like the UK have delayed giving the second dose in a bid to maximise the number of people given the initial dose.
A single dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is about 52 per cent effective, according to the company, said the The Guardian report.
Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said that ever since the rollout of vaccinations began one month ago, the Jewish state had inoculated more than 2.2 million of its nine million inhabitants.
The vaccination drive happens at a time when the country is in its third lockdown with infection rates still high. Since the pandemic began, more than half a million cases have been reported and 4,005 people have died in Israel. The rise in infections, despite the lockdown and vaccinations, has been attributed to virus mutations and disregard by some people of restrictions on assembly.