NIH Director Collins calls Israeli Covid vaccine booster data ‘impressive,’ says it shows tenfold reduction in infections

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A patient receives his booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine during an Oakland County Health Department vaccination clinic at the Southfield Pavilion on August 24, 2021 in Southfield, Michigan.Emily Elconin | Getty ImagesNational Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins called Israel's data on Covid-19 booster shots "impressive," noting that the shots provided a tenfold reduction in infection for people who received a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.Israel began administering boosters in late July to people over 60, giving scientists more time to examine their ability to combat Covid and bolster the waning effectiveness of the initial series of doses. Collins' comments Thursday came just a day after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid booster for high-risk people, including anyone 65 and older."Without tipping my hand too much, I will say the data looks really impressive, that the boosters do in fa
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