The Israeli Ministry of Health said on Saturday that the latest data from the coronavirus vaccination campaign showed that two doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech injection were 96% effective against infection.
The Israeli vaccination campaign is the fastest in the world, with a single dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine given to 4.25 million people out of nine million people since December, according to the latest Health Ministry figures.
About 2.88 million people received the recommended full dose of the two doses.
The Ministry of Health said, on Saturday, that the vaccine has proven 95.8% effective in preventing infection with the Coronavirus among those who were vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second vaccine compared to unvaccinated people, according to data collected as of February 13.
It added that the vaccine was 99.2% effective against serious diseases and 98.9% effective in preventing death.
For those who were tested a week after receiving a second injection, the vaccine was 91.9% effective against infection, 96.4% effective in preventing serious diseases and 94.5% in preventing death.
“Our goal is to continue vaccinating all of our residents aged 16 years and over to reach broad population coverage, which will enable us to return to our much-missed routine,” Health Ministry Director-General Hezi Levy said in a statement on Saturday.
The vaccine, developed by the US drug giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, is based on new mRNA technology and was the first vaccine against Covid-19 approved in the West late last year.
Israel, which has one of the most advanced medical data systems in the world, acquired a large stockpile of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine by paying a higher than market price and by striking a data-sharing deal with the US company.