Coronavirus News Update – July 7: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Less Effective Against India Variant But Prevents Severe Illness, Israel Data Show

By Anna Breuer on 7 July 2021
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The Western Wall, or Kotel, the only remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem,

New data from Israel suggests that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is less effective at protecting against infections caused by the India, or Delta, variant of the coronavirus versus other earlier variants, but it does show that the vaccine prevents severe illness from the highly contagious strain.  The vaccine protected 64% of inoculated people during an outbreak of the variant, figures from Israel’s Health Ministry show, down from 94% in an earlier study.

As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 185.6 million Covid-19 cases and over 4 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 169.8 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll, which a little over two weeks ago crossed the 600,000 mark, is now 621,563, an increase of 228 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded 34.62 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 30.7 million officially recorded cases and 404,341 officially recorded deaths, although experts now believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.29 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Wednesday morning, and increase of 0.04 billion and the equivalent of more than 43 doses for every 100 people, an increase of 1 dose over the past day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Wednesday, 182.7 million people in the United States – or 55% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 47.5%, or 157.6 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 331.2 million. Breaking this down further, 67.1% of the population over the age of 18 – or 173.4 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 58.3% of the same group – or 150.6 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Finally, New York City, despite the positivity rate having crept up in recent days to 1%, has been scaling back its efforts to monitor the spread of the coronavirus. The move has been the subject of much criticism by public health experts, who feel it is premature.

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