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Israeli study: 2nd vaccine booster significantly lowers COVID death rate

Published Mar 27, 2022 07:44AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: 89-year-old Yodit Ben Ari receives a fourth dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine following a vaccination party after Israel approved a second booster shot for the immunocompromised, people over 60 years and medical staff in a ret
 
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Senior citizens who received a second booster of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination had a 78% lower mortality rate from the disease than those who got one only, a study from Israel showed on Sunday.

The country's largest healthcare provider, Clalit Health Services, said the 40-day study included more than half a million people aged 60 to 100.

Some 58% of participants had received a second booster - or two shots in addition to the basic two-shot regimen. The remainder had received only one booster. Researchers recorded 92 deaths among the first group and 232 deaths among the second, smaller group.

"The main conclusion is that the second booster is lifesaving," said Ronen Arbel, Health Outcomes Researcher at Clalit and Sapir College.

The report was issued as a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed. The research excluded people who received rival Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA)'s vaccine and those who had taken oral anti-COVID therapy.

Israeli health officials have put out a number of studies on vaccine efficacy throughout the pandemic that have impacted policymaking in other countries.

Israeli study: 2nd vaccine booster significantly lowers COVID death rate
 

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ZS Beck
ZS Beck Mar 27, 2022 11:53AM ET
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If you take 6 boosters at the same time, even better. Almost 100%.Why do people believe that big pharma is here to heal us? The here for business simple is that. If it's up to them we will get boosters till 2050. They have no interest to get rid of Covid .
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Benjamin USA Mar 27, 2022 11:05AM ET
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Uh oh. “Israel” and “COVID” mentioned in same article. No doubt this will be BIG trigger words for the Trump snowflakes and simps.
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M. Turner Mar 27, 2022 7:55AM ET
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If you get a booster a month, they will say vaccines saved the world whereas in reality this virus will burn itself out naturally.  Only the stock and housing markets are getting boosted to Pluto.
 
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