Covid-19: Singapore data shows vaccines 'highly effective' in preventing severe cases, says report

SINGAPORE (July 24): Data from the island republic has revealed that vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe sickness among those infected by the Covid-19 virus, Reuters reported today.

The health authorities here announced today that vaccinated people accounted for three-quarters of the country’s coronavirus infections over the last four weeks but added that “they were not falling seriously ill”.

There were seven cases of serious illness requiring oxygen, with another being in intensive care, but “none of the eight had been fully vaccinated”, Singapore’s health ministry said.

“There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected,” the ministry said

All the fully vaccinated but infected people had shown no symptoms, or only mild ones.

“As more and more people are vaccinated in Singapore, we will see more infections happening among vaccinated people,” Teo Yik Ying, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore told Reuters.

“It is important to always compare it against the proportion of people who remain unvaccinated … Suppose Singapore achieves a rate of 100 per cent fully vaccinated … then all infections will stem from the vaccinated people and none from the unvaccinated,” Teo added.

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