COVID-19 Case Data in Israel: A Troubling Trend?

COVID-19 Case Data in Israel: A Troubling Trend?

Data out of Israel reveals some troubling trends involving this heavily vaccinated population. The daily number of SARS-CoV-2 cases in Israel is increasing, having recorded the highest number on Thursday since March. TrialSite delved into a recent data trove made available by the Israeli government and has found that a majority of those now vaccinated actually, according to the numbers, face as much risk testing positive for the Delta-driven SARS-CoV-2 infection as unvaccinated individuals. Meaning, at this point, the vaccine appears to have a negligible effect on an individual as to whether he/she catches the current strain. Moreover, the data indicates that the current vaccines used (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca) may have a decreasing effect on reduced hospitalizations and death if one does get infected with the Delta variant. With a majority of vaccinations using the mRNA-based BTN162b2, what are the implications for this trend? What does it mean for the transmission of SARS-CoV-2? Is this a significant trend or can it be explained away? As TrialSite reported recently, Pfizer has moved aggressively to introduce a third booster vaccine for at least the immunocompromised...

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