Researchers in South Africa say two doses of the Pfizer vaccine offer 70 percent more protection against hospitalization than Omicron. For the delta variant, this efficiency was 93 percent.

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Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appear to protect 70 percent of people from hospitalization for the omicron variant, according to research published by one of South Africa’s largest health insurers, Discovery Health. the Reuters It stated that the health data of a total of 211,000 people infected with the Covid virus were examined. Of those, 78,000 positive tests are attributed to omicron. Data from November 15 to December 7.

a Reuters He notes that the result should be treated with caution for the time being, as it was clear that omicrons were responsible for only 550 of the 78,000 positive tests listed above, which is too low to draw accurate conclusions.

However, the researchers found that a two-dose vaccine from Pfizer could offer 70 percent protection against hospitalization if a person contracted this variant. In comparison, for the delta variant, this efficiency was 93 percent. According to Glenda Gray, one of the study’s authors, although the result is only preliminary, it’s still encouraging.

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Experts also found that children in the fourth wave of the epidemic in South Africa are 20 percent more likely to be hospitalized than in previous waves. However, it has been emphasized that its incidence is still low.

Meanwhile, a British study published last week found that a third vaccine could offer 75 per cent protection against omicron.

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