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Covid-19: Pfizer vaccine partially effective against Indian variant | India News


JERUSALEM: Israel has recorded eight cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India and believes that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is at least partially effective against it, an Israeli health official said Tuesday.
Seven initial cases of the Indian variant were detected in Israel last week among people who arrived from abroad and who have since undergone preliminary tests, the Health Ministry said.
“The impression is that the Pfizer vaccine has efficacy against it, albeit reduced efficacy,” ministry director general Hezi Levy told Kan public radio, saying the number of cases of the variant in Israel now stands at eight. .
The ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for more details on the investigation into the Indian variant.
Britain and Ireland have also said they are investigating the variant after detecting it within their borders.
Israel, whose population is 9.3 million, has fully vaccinated about 81% of citizens or residents over the age of 16. COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have dropped dramatically.

Times of India