Vaccine 39% effective at halting virus transmission, 91% against serious illness, Israel's health ministry says

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An Israeli teenager receiving a Covid-19 vaccine injection, at a vaccination center in Tel Aviv, July 6, 2021.
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The report has also reflected the decreasing potency of the vaccination

Israel's Health Ministry reported Thursday that the Pfizer vaccine's efficacy in preventing delta variant infections has dropped to 39 percent, while the vaccination was still 91 percent effective in preventing serious illness among those fully inoculated. 

The latest figures are based on cases logged from June 20 to July 17, a period when the delta variant of COVID-19 spread throughout Israel. 

The report has also reflected the decreasing potency of the vaccination, showing a mere 16 percent effectiveness against transmission among those vaccinated in January, compared to 44 percent of those vaccinated in February, 67 percent of those who received their shots in March, and 75 percent for those vaccinated in April.

The vaccine’s effectiveness at preventing severe cases for those vaccinated in January remains 86 percent, according to the figures, only slightly lower than those vaccinated in the following months.

Earlier on Thursday Prime Minister Naftali Bennett hit out at the approximately 1,000,000 who refuse to get the vaccine, saying they endanger themselves and others

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