Immunocompromised people under 65 who received the third dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Israel developed 43 percent more antibodies than after the second injection, reveals a study by Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center.
The study involved 240 immunocompromised patients who have received the third dose of the covid-19 vaccine since the government approved the measure last month.
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According to the researchers, only 25% of transplant patients had an antibody response to the vaccine after the first and second doses, but after the third the response was around 50%.
Last week, the Rabin-Beilinson Campus Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel, published a similar report, indicating that the third vaccine doubled the number of transplant recipients developing antibodies against the coronavirus.
The Israeli government approved the vaccination of those over 50 years old, the operation began last Sunday and already has more than 50,000 people enrolled.
After starting to give the third dose of vaccine to immunocompromised people in mid-July, Israel approved the administration of a third dose to people over 60 at the end of the same month, an injection that has already been received by more than 775,000 people.
Israel is one of the pioneer countries in administering a third dose of the vaccine against covid-19, after a rapid vaccination campaign at the beginning of the year that, months later, managed to reduce almost to zero infections and allowed the suspension of practically all of them. the restrictions
There are, however, 1.1 million Israelis who refuse to be vaccinated, which together with the appearance of the contagious Delta variant of the virus has caused the fourth wave of infections in the country, which continue to increase, with new cases around the 6,000 in the last week.
Covid-19 has caused at least 4,333,013 deaths worldwide, among more than 205.3 million infections by the new coronavirus registered since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the most recent report by the Agence France-Presse.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected at the end of 2019 in China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil or Peru.
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