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Israel Logs Indian Covid-19 variant, Sees Some Vaccine Efficacy Against It

A healthcare employee holds up a covid Vaccine vial. (Image for illustration/AFP)

The ministry didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for extra particulars on the analysis into the Indian variant.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated:April 20, 2021, 15:23 IST
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Israel has registered eight circumstances of a coronavirus variant first recognized in India and believes that the Pfizer/BioNTech (PFE.N), (22UAy.DE) vaccine is at the least partially efficient in opposition to it, an Israeli well being official stated on Tuesday.

An preliminary seven circumstances of the Indian variant had been detected in Israel final week amongst folks arriving from overseas and who’ve since undergone preliminary testing, the Health Ministry stated.

“The impression is that the Pfizer vaccine has efficacy against it, albeit a reduced efficacy,” the ministry’s director-general, Hezi Levy, advised Kan public radio, saying the variety of circumstances of the variant in Israel now stood at eight.

The ministry didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for extra particulars on the analysis into the Indian variant.

Britain and Ireland have additionally stated they’re investigating the variant after detecting it inside their borders.

Israel, whose inhabitants is 9.three million, has absolutely vaccinated round 81% of residents or residents over the age of 16. COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations are down sharply.

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