First positive results from vaccination reported from Israel
Share article:
Share article:

First positive results from vaccination reported from Israel

Creidit: Belga

The Israeli health care service organisation Maccabi reported this week encouraging results from its vaccination campaign.

Among 128,600 clients who have received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, only 20 persons have been infected with the virus a week or more after the second dose, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

The preliminary data are very encouraging, according to  Maccabi, noting that all 20 of those infected experience only mild symptoms and most were over age 55 and got infected following exposure to a confirmed carrier. According to the head of Israel’s Public Health Service, the current assumption is that the vaccine is effective for the majority of variants of the virus.

The result is the more encouraging taking into consideration that the infection rate is still very high in Israel due to returning citizens from red countries and wide-spread vaccination reluctance among the Jewish orthodox and Muslim communities where less than 50 % of people above the age of 60 have been vaccinated.

Despite a prolonged and tightened lockdown, and the on-going vaccination campaign during which already 2.7 million have received the first dose, the situation is still worrying with no clear exit from the lockdown in sight.

Worrying is also the unequal distribution of vaccines in Israel and its immediate neighbours, the Palestinians in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. Notwithstanding their political divergencies, both peoples are living next to each-other and sharing a common interest of being vaccinated, since no-one is safe until everyone is safe.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

European Council: Decisions on Covid-19 and energy and debate on other issues
At the two-days summit which ended on Friday, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, digital, energy prices, migration, trade and ...
Flanders ‘water bomb’ could cause €2 billion in damages and affect thousands
The next "water bomb" or heavy rainfall over Flanders could cause damages estimated at around €2 billion, and could affect up to 100,000 people in ...
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine 90% effective in 5 to 11-year-olds
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic forms of the coronavirus in children aged five to 11, Pfizer announced on ...
Belgian airport named best for cargo in Europe
Brussels Airport has been named the best airport in Europe in a 2021 roundup of the best cargo airports across the world. The Asian Freight, ...
NASA plans first return mission to Moon in February 2022
The United States space agency, NASA, has announced that it will be aiming to launch its first, uncrewed mission to the moon, Artemis 1, in February ...
New, reportedly more contagious Delta mutation being monitored
A new mutation of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is reported to be more contagious, is being monitored by health authorities in the ...
Angèle releases new single: ‘Bruxelles je t’aime’
Belgian singer Angèle has unveiled her latest song ahead of the release of her new album, due later this year. 'Bruxelles je t'aime' (Brussels I ...
23 million chickens and 1.7 million pigs: Climate experts call for livestock cut
Flander's livestock needs to be drastically cut to save the climate and reach the emission reduction targets, according to the latest advice from the ...
Vaccination uptake surges in Wallonia following CST announcement
The number of people getting vaccinated against the coronavirus increased fourfold in Wallonia after it was announced that the Covid Safe Ticket ...
Guilty by association
BRUSSELS BEHIND THE SCENES Weekly analysis and untold stories With SAM MORGAN Other Brussels behind the scenes stories: Brussels' bid to make ...
Health minister supports use of Covid Safe Ticket in workplace
As the use of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) has been expanded in Brussels and is set to in Wallonia, federal health minister Frank Vandenbroucke has ...
Maggots show Conings may have lived longer following disappearance
Former army soldier Jürgen Conings, whose disappearance in mid-May resulted in a month-long manhunt, may have been alive for longer than has been ...