LONDON (AP) – Scotland’s COVID-19 vaccination program has caused a sharp drop in hospitalizations, researchers said Monday.
Scientists from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde and the Scottish Public Health Service found that the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine reduced hospital admissions by up to 85%, while that of Oxford and AstraZeneca reduced admissions by 94%.
The experts compared the data of people who had received their first dose with the statistics of people who had not yet been vaccinated. The data was collected between December 8 and February 15, when 21% of the Scottish population received their first injection.
“These results are very encouraging and have given us much reason to be optimistic for the future,” said Professor Aziz Sheikh, Director of the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. “We now have national evidence, across a country, that vaccination offers protection from COVID-19 hospitalizations.”
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