LONDON – New evidence from the UK showed that Covid-19 vaccines dramatically reduced serious illness and deaths among older people after just one dose, reinforcing optimism that successful vaccination programs offer a return to economic growth. this year after a year of widespread lockdowns.
Real-world data from the country that is vaccinating a greater proportion of its population than any major Western economy also offers support for the UK government’s strategy of extending limited vaccine supplies by delaying a second injection until 12 weeks after vaccination. first to protect more people from the disease.
British researchers said in preliminary findings published online Monday that a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE or the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca PLC reduced the risk of hospitalization among people over 70 years of age in 80%. compared to those of similar age who were not vaccinated.
The study adds to evidence from around the world that vaccines are generally as effective in the real world as shown in clinical trials, raising hope that mass deployments may reduce the need for restrictive health measures. public and pave the way for the economy. reopening.
“Hopefully it will take us into a very different world in the coming months,” England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Monday, referring to vaccination.