Omicron appears more resistant to Covid vaccines but causing less severe illness in South Africa, major real-world study finds

Posted on AllSides December 14th, 2021
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The first major real-world study of the omicron Covid-19 variant found that it appeared to cause less severe illness in South Africa, where it was first discovered last month, but that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offer reduced protection against it.

The analysis, released Tuesday by the country's largest healthcare administrator, found that on average 29 percent fewer people were being admitted to hospital in the region than previously with the delta variant.  However, the study also found that two Pfizer jabs gave 70 percent protection against hospitalization from the new variant, compared with 90...

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