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·         WSJ: The Reassuring Data on the Delta Variant

There’s no sign of a surge in hospitalization or severe illness, and the vaccines remain extremely effective.

 

·         Jerusalem Post: More than 1,000 Israelis test positive for COVID

PM Bennett: Vaccine ‘significantly less’ effective against the Delta variant

 

·         Israel is offering a third Pfizer shot amid spiking cases, even as the U.S. says it’s not yet needed

Israel’s health ministry this week said that the booster will be offered to adults considered to be at risk, and specifically mentioned people with severe immunodeficiency or who have recently undergone an organ transplant.

 

 

The Reassuring Data on the Delta Variant

There’s no sign of a surge in hospitalization or severe illness, and the vaccines remain extremely effective.

 

By Leslie Bienen and Monica Gandhi, Opinion, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

July 15, 2021

 

You read the same alarming headlines every few months, now with Greek letters. As the virus that causes Covid-19 evolves and mutates, the same concerns pop up about whether the variant evades vaccines, makes people sicker than the old versions, and increases transmissibility. What we know about the Delta variant is reassuring.

 

One of the most important questions is whether vaccines are still working well. The best way to answer that is to look at the number of vaccinated people getting serious Covid-19 symptoms or being hospitalized. A new study from the U.K. found that vaccines are still incredibly effective at preventing serious illness with the Delta variant circulating. The Pfizer vaccine was 96% effective after two doses at preventing hospitalization, meaning the average unvaccinated person in the study was more than 25 times as likely to be hospitalized with Covid as the average vaccinated one. (This almost certainly understates the protectiveness of the vaccine, as the vaccinated cohort was older and had a higher incidence of pre-existing conditions than the unvaccinated one.) The Johnson & Johnson vaccine produces strong neutralizing antibodies and cellular responses against the Delta variant, still present eight months after administration.

 

Studies from Canada and the U.K. show 79% to 87% effectiveness against symptomatic infection with the Delta variant. On July 8 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration asserted their confidence in the vaccines. They jointly announced that no boosters are necessary at this time.

 

This is all excellent news, as is the finding that 99% of hospitalizations for Covid-19 are among unvaccinated people. The vaccines are as good as first heralded, even against new variants. That unvaccinated people are still being hospitalized underscores the continuing need to get as many people vaccinated as possible. That will also protect children under 12, who aren’t eligible for vaccines. Cases in kids have fallen in places with high vaccination rates among adults and adolescents.

 

The human immune system truly is more clever and flexible than most people realize...

 

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/delta-variant-hospitalizations-covid-coronavirus-vaccine-immunity-11626374706

 

 

More than 1,000 Israelis test positive for COVID

PM Bennett: Vaccine ‘significantly less’ effective against the Delta variant

 

By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman and Rossella Tercatin, The Jerusalem Post

Jul 17, 2021

 

The effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against the Delta variant is “weaker” than health officials had hoped, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Friday, as over 1,000 people tested positive for coronavirus and more countries were added to the list of places to which Israelis will be banned from traveling.

 

“We do not know exactly to what degree the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less,” Bennett said.

 

The prime minister held a meeting of top health officials and ministers to discuss the next steps for managing the virus in light of the numbers in Israel and what Bennett described as “the Delta mutation leaping forward around the world, including in vaccinated countries such as Britain, Israel and the US.”

 

He said that in “Britain, in recent days, we have seen a jump in the number of children who are being hospitalized on a daily basis. This is a development that we are aware of; we are dealing with it rationally and responsibly.”

 

With more than 5.7 million Israelis having received at least one shot of the Pfizer vaccine, the country continues to push for citizens – especially teenagers – to go out and get the jab...

 

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https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/for-first-time-since-march-855-new-coronavirus-cases-in-israel-674084

 

 

Israel is offering a third Pfizer shot amid spiking cases, even as the U.S. says it’s not yet needed

 

o   Israel’s health ministry this week said that the booster will be offered to adults considered to be at risk, and specifically mentioned people with severe immunodeficiency or who have recently undergone an organ transplant.

o   It was not immediately clear whether the booster shot would also be made available to Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied territory.

 

Natasha Turak, CNBC 

Jul 13 2021

 

Israel will allow adults with severe pre-existing medical conditions to receive a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19, making it the first country in the world to do so.

 

The Israeli government’s decision comes as coronavirus infections rise due to the spread of the delta variant, but also stands in contrast to a recent statement from top U.S. health authorities regarding its own citizens that a booster shot isn’t actually needed. 

 

Israel’s health ministry this week said that the booster will be offered to adults considered to be at risk, and specifically mentioned people with severe immunodeficiency or who have recently undergone an organ transplant.

 

It was not immediately clear whether the booster shot would also be made available to Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied territory.

 

Jury remains open ...

 

‘A dangerous trend’ ... 

 

Criticism over vaccine delivery to Palestinians ...

 

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