HKU HKU Dept of Statistics & Actuarial Science, HKU

Seminar by Prof. Yair GOLDBERG from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

DateWednesday, May 18, 2022
Time1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venuevia Zoom
TitleWaning immunity of the BNT162b2 vaccine and the Israeli decision on a booster campaign

In December 2020, Israel began a mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19 administering the Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine, which led to a sharp curtailing of the outbreak. After a period with almost no SARS-CoV-2 infections, a resurgent COVID-19 outbreak began in mid-June 2021. On July 30, 2021, a third (booster) dose of the vaccine was approved in Israel for individuals 60 years or older who had received the second dose at least five months previously. The booster vaccination campaign in Israel was gradually expanded to younger age groups who received a second dose five or more months earlier. In this talk, We will present Israel's national database and the statistical methods we used to analyze it. We will discuss the quantification of the extent of two-dose waning immunity which motivated Israel's decision to approve a booster dose. The main analysis of the booster-dose effectiveness for all age groups will then be presented.

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