ISRAEL – Approximately 85 per cent of new COVID Delta infections in Israel are fully vaccinated.
In Israel, the vaccinated are becoming infected at a growing rate and as such are spreading the virus rather than stopping it.
Pfizer, citing Israeli data says the delta variant is making its COVID-19 shot less effective and is calling for boosters. Last week Pfizer said it plans to ask U.S. and European regulators to authorize an urgent booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, “based on evidence of greater risk of infection six months after inoculation and the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.”
The FDA and CDC, however, weren’t enthusiastic with the idea. In a joint statement both institutions announced that “Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster COVID-19 shot at this time.”
Israel started vaccinating people earlier than the rest of the world and used the Pfizer shot as part of a deal with Pfizer to gather and share real-world evidence from the vaccine rollout.