South Korea says AstraZeneca, Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines 87% efficient after first shot By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A well being employee will get a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus illness (COVID-19) vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination heart in Seoul, South Korea, March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

By Hyonhee Shin

SEOUL (Reuters) – One dose of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:) Plc and Pfizer (NYSE:) was 86.6% efficient in stopping infections amongst individuals aged 60 and older, actual world knowledge launched by South Korea confirmed on Wednesday.

Knowledge by the Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company (KDCA) confirmed the Pfizer vaccine, collectively developed by BioNTech, was 89.7% efficient in stopping an infection at the very least two weeks after a primary dose was given, whereas the AstraZeneca shot was 86.0% efficient.

Its evaluation is predicated on greater than 3.5 million individuals in South Korea aged 60 and older for 2 months from Feb. 26 and included 521,133 individuals who acquired a primary dose of both Pfizer or AstraZeneca shot.

There have been 1,237 COVID-19 instances within the knowledge and solely 29 have been from the vaccinated group, the KDCA mentioned.

“It’s proven that each vaccines present a excessive safety in opposition to the illness after the primary dose. (Individuals) ought to get full vaccinations in keeping with really useful schedule, because the safety charge will go up additional after a second dose,” it mentioned.

The findings come as South Korea seeks to drum up participation in its immunisation drive after reviews about potential questions of safety discouraged some individuals from getting vaccinated.

“Round 95% of people that died from the coronavirus in our nation have been senior residents aged 60 or older, and the vaccines will sharply decrease dangers for these individuals,” well being ministry official Yoon Tae-ho advised a briefing on Wednesday.

Yoon mentioned the potential of unwanted side effects together with blood clotting are “extraordinarily low” and they’re principally curable.

South Korea has to date vaccinated 6.7% of its 52 million sturdy inhabitants, however has set an formidable goal of giving pictures to 70% of its individuals by September and reaching herd immunity by November.

Beginning on Wednesday, South Koreans who’re absolutely vaccinated and present a unfavourable COVID-19 check and no signs can be exempted from the two-week necessary quarantine upon their return from abroad journey, to encourages extra vaccinations.

The KDCA reported 676 new COVID-19 instances as of midnight on Tuesday, bringing the nation’s whole infections to 124,945, with 1,847 deaths.

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