Covid: Vaccines having big impact on hospitalisation risk

Elias Hubbard
February 26, 2021

"And that just gives Australians confidence in terms of the effectiveness of vaccines and confidence in terms of the reliability of supply".

Both Pfizer and Moderna failed to meet delivery quotas for the initial doses of their vaccines late a year ago.

The study looked at data from more than 23,000 healthcare workers aged 65 and under, from 104 England hospitals, who had received at least one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Data analysed by Public Health England (PHE) shows the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection against infection and symptomatic disease from the first dose. That figure includes mild cases.

While the European Union struggles with its own vaccination programme, experts have revealed the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca have been shown to reduce hospitalisation by more than 85 percent. The U.K. has chosen to extend the interval between doses to get first doses to more people, boosting the number of people with some degree of protection.

LONDON (AP) - Scotland's COVID-19 vaccination program has led to a sharp drop in hospitalizations, researchers said Monday, boosting hopes that the shots will work as well in the real world as they have in carefully controlled studies.

Covid-19 vaccination rollout has been linked to a substantial fall in the risk of admission to hospitals from the disease in Scotland, according to early data from a study on the effect of the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca shots in the community. Then they compared the vaccinated against the unvaccinated, and they saw strong evidence of protection. More than 44 million Americans have received at least one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and about 1.4 million per day got a first or second dose over the past seven days, according to the CDC.

"However, we do need to be able to see the data published in a peer-reviewed journal and to be able to scrutinize the data in detail".

The earliest possible date that most of the restrictions could be lifted was June 21, the prime minister said. All Britons are due to be offered vaccinations by the end of July.

He said that AstraZeneca had "predominantly" been given to the elderly, adding: "At the moment, we don't have the numbers to do these age-stratified analyses by different vaccine types but we will have those soon". Currently, out of the 10 Japanese companies currently pursuing a vaccine only AnGes Inc has proceeded to an advanced phase of clinical trials for its vaccine, based on plasmid DNA technology.

Other countries in the Asia-Pacific region that have dealt relatively well with the pandemic either only recently started vaccinating or are about to, including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore.

After receiving his vaccination, Greens leader Adam Bandt said everyone should be confident the vaccine is safe, and those who have questions should to their GP.

Thousands of doctors, nurses, cops and nursing home and quarantine workers are among the first to get the Pfizer vaccine this week. In the United Kingdom the group who got the shot were largely older people age 70 or above who have weaker immune systems than younger peers.

"The vaccine that I've been saying was great for a while is better still than I thought", said Doctor Michael Teng, a virologist at USF Health.

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