The numbers should be the story with many COVID studies, not a comparison of them.
I’m not sure whether pro-COVID-vax people or anti-COVID-vax people will be more enthusiastic about a finding in Israel that COVID vaccines become less effective over time. Does that reinforce the need for regular boosters, or prove that they aren’t worthwhile?
What strikes me is that such a finding is framed this way in the first place. After all:
For the adult age group, there were 0.34 severe COVID-19 cases per 1,000 for those aged 60 and older who were vaccinated in January, and 0.12 cases of severe infection per 1,000 for those vaccinated in April and May, according to the authors of the study.
People are more familiar with percentages than per-1,000s, so let’s adjust the numbers of severe COVID cases that way: 0.034% for January vaccinations and 0.012% for April/May vaccinations.
Both of these numbers are extremely small. How is it we get pushed so quickly off the question of why one person in 2,941 among the most-vulnerable age group isn’t good enough to get back to normal?