World Coronavirus Dispatch: Asia’s travel bubbles burst even before takeoff

World Coronavirus Dispatch: Asia’s travel bubbles burst even before takeoff

Pfizer shot halts severe illness, why vaccinated people are getting ‘breakthrough’ infections, and other pandemic-related news across the globe

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Pfizer shot halts severe illness, allows infections in Israel

Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine provided a strong shield against hospitalisation and more severe disease in cases caused by the contagious delta variant in Israel in recent weeks, even though it was just 39 per cent effective in preventing infections, according to the country’s health ministry. The vaccine, developed with BioNTech SE, provided 88 per cent protection against hospitalisation and 91.4 per cent against severe illness for an unspecified number of people studied between June 20 and July 17. These results contrast with an earlier study in the New England Journal of Medicine which found that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offer 88 per cent protection against symptomatic disease caused by the delta variant. Read here

Let’s look at the global statistics

Global infections: 192,578,206

Global deaths: 4,135,859

Vaccine doses administered: 3,752,675,416

Nations with most cases: US (34,281,864), India (31,293,062), Brazil (19,523,711), France (5,996,060), Russia (5,979,027).

Source: John Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center

Delta surge pops Asia’s travel bubbles even before they begin

Fresh lockdowns and restrictions in Asia br

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