Tel Aviv University & Clatit Study Reveals South African Variant may ‘Break’ BNT62b2, Meanwhile Israel Heads out of Pandemic

Tel Aviv University & Clatit Study Reveals South African Variant may ‘Break’ BNT62b2, Meanwhile Israel Heads out of Pandemic

A recent study led by Tel Aviv University and Clatit, Israel’s second largest healthcare provider, found that the South African variant of SARS-CoV-2, known as B.1.351, while only an estimated 1% of all COVID-19 cases, in the study population can actually “break through” the mRNA-based vaccine called BNT162b2, produced by Germany’s BioNTech in partnership with American multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Based on a real-world data study in Israel comparing nearly 400 people affirmed positive for COVID-19 and after receiving one or two doses of the vaccine versus the same number of unvaccinated individuals affirmed positive with SARS-CoV-2. This observational study matches other demographic attributes, from gender to age. A disturbing finding occured: the South African variant’s prevalence rate turns out to be eight times higher in the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated group totaling -5.4% versus 0.7%.  While this is just the result of one observational study and no conclusions can be made, the study suggests that the BNT162b2 vaccine is actually less effective against B.1.351 as compared to the original SARS-CoV-2 and the UK variant that represents most cases in Israel, ...

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