COVID and Israel

According to Eran Segal, a Scientist at the Weizmann Institute, by mid-January, Israeli 60+ years old who were first to vaccinate saw an approximated 35% drop in the number of Covid-19 cases in Israel, 30% drop in hospitalizations, and 20% drop in the number of people critically ill. There was a 41% drop in confirmed COVID-19 infections in that age group and a 31% drop in hospitalizations from mid-January to early February.

Decrease/Increase in Cases, Hospitalization, and Deaths

  • There was a 41% drop in confirmed COVID-19 infections in that age group and a 31% drop in hospitalizations from mid-January to early February.
  • In comparison, for people aged 59 and younger — of which just over 30% have been vaccinated — cases dropped by 12% and hospitalizations by 5% over the same time.

Israeli Vaccination progress

MIT Technology Review

  • According to a publication by MIT Technology Review titled “A leaked report shows Pfizer’s vaccine is conquering covid-19 in its largest real-world test,” announced that country-wide data from Israel reveals that the vaccine sharply cuts infections.
  • The scientific study jointly prepared by Israel’s health ministry and Pfizer claims that the company’s covid-19 vaccine is stopping nine out of 10 infections and that the country could approach herd immunity by next month.
  • The draft report confirms that the vaccine can cut covid-19 illness and deaths by more than 93% and also provides the first large-scale evidence that the vaccine may prevent most infections, including those that don’t cause symptoms.
  • Because Israel tests people fairly comprehensively, the researchers were also able to estimate that the vaccine was 89.4% effective in preventing any detectable infection at all, including asymptomatic infections.

Decrease in Age Groups or Regions from Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people

Other Reports

  • A list of other reports (with the topics and publishers) bearing information about the decrease in cases, hospitalization, and deaths in Israel, including their key data points, are provided below;
  • Hope Behind the Headlines: COVID-19 vaccines and variants by Medical News Today
  • In Israel, the Ministry of Health reported that by the beginning of February 2021, confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections in people over 60 years of age had fallen by 41%.
  • Also, hospitalizations from mid-January to early February had dropped by 31%.
  • Israel Real-World Study: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Prevents 98.9% of Deaths by BioSpace.
    • Israel’s Health Ministry announced a study in the country that showed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was 98.9% effective at preventing COVID-19 deaths.
    • In the study, the vaccination was 99.2% effective in preventing serious disease, decreased morbidity by 95.8%, and decreased the likelihood of hospitalization by 98.9%.
  • What other countries can learn from Israel’s COVID vaccine rollout by ABC News
    • To examine the effect of widespread vaccinations among older Israelis, researchers from Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel-Aviv University, and Technion analyzed Israeli Ministry of Health data on hospitalizations and PCR testing from March 2020 to February 2021.
  • The researchers found that infections fell among all age groups between mid-January and mid-February.
  • The effect was most striking among the largely vaccinated group — people 60 or older.
  • In the weeks that followed a peak of COVID-19 infections in mid-January, cases among those 60 and older fell 66%, according to an extended dataset sent to ABC News by Uri Shalit, who worked on the analysis.
  • Other reports with similar information as provided above include;
    • Israeli Vaccine Campaign Took Three Weeks to Curb Spread (by Bloomberg)
    • As a model in Covid-19 vaccination, Israel shows a reduction in symptomatic and severe Covid-19 cases and possibly reduction in transmission (by Pharmaceutical Technology)
    • Israel Covid vaccine data shows an extremely low rate of infections (by The Guardian)
    • How effective has the COVID-19 vaccination program been in Israel? (by News Medical Life Sciences)
    • Israel sees a 60% drop in hospitalizations for age 60-plus 3 weeks after 1st shot (by The Times of Israel)
    • Israeli studies find Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine reduces transmission (by Reuters)
    • Israel’s Vaccination Results Point a Way Out of Virus Pandemic (by New York Times)
    • Israel’s clever coronavirus vaccination strategy (by DW)
    • Israel is leading the world in COVID vaccinations—and its cases and hospitalizations are starting to decline (by Fortune)
    • After just one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, hospitalizations are down 92%, Israeli study shows (by Fortune)
    • Israel Data Show Real-World Efficacy with Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine (by Contagion Live)
    • Vaccination prevents 98.9% of COVID-19 deaths — Israel (by DW).

Benefits of the Quick COVID Vaccination Program in Israel

  • The positive effects of the mass vaccination in Israel have not gone unnoticed.
  • In Israel, 4,250,643 people have received at least one dose, and 2,881,825 have received both doses.
  • The country has a population of about 9 million, with approximately 3 million Israelis not currently eligible for the vaccines, including people younger than 16 years of age and people who have recovered from COVID-19.
  • This places the percentage of eligible Israeli who have received the first vaccination dose above 70% and 30% for the full vaccination process.
  • Israel is currently on track to become the first nation to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic by vaccinating the majority of its population in an attempt to return to normality.
  • COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are falling among vaccinated age groups in Israel, which could signify that the nation’s rapid vaccination campaign is working.
  • With 78 doses per 100 people, Israel leading the race towards herd immunity compared to the United States, which is 16.7 doses per 100 people.
  • According to Ronni Gamzu, Israel’s former coronavirus “czar” and the head of Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center, “when it comes to protecting the health-care system, the vaccine is winning.”
  • Since vaccination began in December, the number of covid patients in his facility has declined by two-thirds in two months.

Covid-19 cases falls sharply in Israel

Hospitalization falls sharply in Israel
Glenn is the Lead Operations Research Analyst at The Digital Momentum with experience in research, statistical data analysis and interview techniques. A holder of degree in Economics. A true specialist in quantitative and qualitative research.

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