Earlier this week, it was announced that a new, American study on the coronary vaccines of Pfizer and Moderna shows that the vaccines are 90 percent effective against coronary infection, in addition to being effective against symptoms.
This means that those who have received the vaccine not only avoid getting sick from covid-19, but also avoid getting infected – and infecting others.
– Very important
Nakstad says the results have a lot to say for the infection situation.
– That they protect so well against the spread of infection is very important considering the effect we get when we have vaccinated several. Then we also get to push down the number of infections due to the vaccination, Nakstad says to Dagbladet TV.
The study, which has a data base based on 4,000 American health workers in six states, shows that the effectiveness applies to all types of symptoms. The study lasted 13 weeks from December 14 to March 13.
On Wednesday, Pfizer also published a study that shows a good effect on children aged 12 to 15 years. However, Nakstad does not believe that it will be relevant to start vaccination in this group, if it is approved, until after the summer.
Hope for a more normal summer
FHI’s weekly report for week 12, which was published on Wednesday, shows that the R-number in Norway has decreased from 1.3 the week before, to 1.0 last week. The sharp increase in infection has also stopped, and the infection has flattened out. This pleases the assistant health director, who the week before Easter had to advise on nationwide tightening.
– The measures, which are intrusive and have bothered many, have had an effect. The infection has now flattened out, and it is no longer rising. The infection has also decreased in some places, says Nakstad.
– If we manage to keep to the measures and think about how many we are in contact with for a few more weeks, we will be able to get out of this third wave of infection eventually. Then the time leading up to the summer can become more normal and the infection can be kept in check, says Nakstad and adds:
– Then we have really laid the foundation for a good spring and summer, and we will be able to live more normally.
The strict Easter measures the government introduced across the country last week, have a final end date of 12 April.
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