Indian strain now baffles not only healthcare systems around the world, but also vaccine manufacturers. A study was conducted in Israel, which showed that against the background of the spreading “Delta” and “Delta Plus”, the effectiveness of the American drug Pfizer dropped to 64%. At the same time, the explosive growth in the number of infections in the country did not lead to an increase in the number of severe cases.
Five hundred and twenty infected a day: The Delta strain has spoiled Israel’s winning statistics. Every two weeks, the number of daily positive COVID-19 tests doubles. The British version of the coronavirus is no longer remembered. The country is completely hosted by an Indian guest. Moreover, scientists report a new modification – the Delta Plus RNA virus. Passions are fueled by reports that the ubiquitous “Delta” has already been found in the sewage waters of the seaside Ashkelon.
True, the tests showed that fears are somewhat exaggerated: sea water does not pose a threat of infection. The beaches remain open, and the cabinet is in no hurry to announce new restrictions: only mandatory masks in the premises and mandatory self-isolation for those arriving from the so-called “red” countries.
The laboratories of the University of Jerusalem are closely monitoring the behavior of the new mutations. Professor Ronit Calderon concluded that mutations in the Delta strain more easily break into Pfizer’s immune defenses than all previous strains of the coronavirus.
“We see that the resistance of the Pfizer vaccine to this strain is from 60 to 80 percent. But there is good news. Vaccinated people in 95 percent of cases of infection carry the disease easily, often simply asymptomatic. And from the point of view of epidemiology, this is the main thing,” he emphasizes epidemiologist, public health specialist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ronit Calderon-Margalit.
Children are the main distributors of new strains. The adolescent vaccination campaign has just begun. So far, 100 thousand schoolchildren from 12 to 15 years old have passed through the points deployed throughout the country.
“We urge all children and their parents to go and get vaccinated as soon as possible,” calls on the head of the department of pediatrics at the Hadassah Medical Center, Yakov Berkun. “Because we see that most of the sick in this wave are children of these ages. And they can be such a motor that will start the fourth wave. “
At the same time, they do not worry about risk groups in Israel. More than ninety percent of older people are vaccinated. The main indicator of the epidemic – the number of hospitalized and seriously ill coronavirus – remains practically unchanged.
“We see that the number of hospitalized people, despite the fact that the number of cases is growing quite sharply, the number of cases requiring hospitalization is not very large. And this inspires a certain amount of optimism,” family therapist Nathan Timkin said positively.
This is an undeniable achievement of mass vaccination. Thanks to her, Delta is in Israel today infects but does not kill… The covid departments of the clinics are empty. Only 78 patients have been hospitalized nationwide. In serious condition – 38.
According to local doctors, any country where vaccination covers the majority of the adult population, capable of practically nullify destructive power new strains of coronavirus. It won’t be absolute victory over the pandemic, but will allow you to return to your usual, pre-quarantine life.
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