Israeli health officials said today that Israel has recorded eight cases of the first coronavirus variant discovered in India, and it is believed that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine can at least partially prevent it.
The Ministry of Health said that the first seven variants of the Indian coronavirus were found in people arriving from outside Israel last week, and these people have undergone preliminary tests.
Khan Hezi Levi, Director-General of the Ministry of Health, said on the radio: “It gives the impression that Pfizer’s vaccine is effective against this variant, although the effect has been reduced.”
The Ministry of Health did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for more details on the investigation of the Indian virus variant.
The United Kingdom and Ireland also announced that they will explore the Indian variants in their countries/regions.
Israel, a country with a population of 9.3 million, provides 81% of vaccinations for citizens over 16 years of age. Covid-19 infection and hospitalization rates have dropped sharply.