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Israel to offer Pfizer Covid booster shots to people over 60

Israel to offer Pfizer Covid booster shots to people over 60

7/30/2021 7:35:00 AM

Israel to offer Pfizer Covid booster shots to people over 60

Announcement makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of a western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale

, reaching a deal with Pfizer to purchase enough vaccines for its population in exchange for sharing its data with the drug maker.Over 57% of the country’s 9.3 million citizens have received two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and over 80% of the population over 40 is vaccinated.

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The vaccination program allowed Israel to reopen its economy ahead of other countries. But Israel has seen a spike in cases of the new delta variant, even among people who are vaccinated. Bennett urged unvaccinated Israelis, especially younger people who have been hesitant, to get vaccinated immediately.

Earlier this month, Israel started giving individuals with weakened immune systems a third shot to increase their resilience against Covid-19.Pfizer said Wednesday that the effectiveness of the vaccine drops slightly six months after the second dose. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have said they plan to seek authorisation for boosters in August.

Read moreMost studies – and real-world data from Britain and the US – so far show that the Pfizer vaccine remains powerfully protective against serious illness. Just Wednesday, Pfizer released data from its long-running 44,000-person study showing that while protection against any symptomatic infection declined slightly six months after immunization, protection against severe Covid-19 remained at nearly 97%. Earlier this month, Israel’s Health Ministry announced that protection against severe disease was around 93%.

The World Health Organization said earlier this month that there is not enough evidence to show that a third dose is needed.The agency’s officials have appealed for wealthier countries to share vaccines with poorer nations that have yet to immunise their people, instead of using them as boosters. Israel itself has come under criticism for not sharing more of its vaccines with the Palestinians.

The Israeli Health Ministry recorded at least 2,165 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, following an accelerating rise in infections over the past month. Serious cases of Covid-19 have grown from 19 a day in mid-June to 159 as the highly infectious delta variant has spread.

Thanks to its successful vaccination campaign, Israel lifted almost all of its coronavirus restrictions this spring. But with new cases back on the rise, the country has tried to halt the spread of the highly infectious delta variant by re-imposing limitations on gatherings, restoring a “green pass” system for vaccinated people to enter certain enclosed spaces, and an indoor mask mandate.

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AllanSeymour1 Is that before or after they ensure their Palestinian concentration camp captives are vaccinated? You really have a duty to state that the first two are 'Experimental'(US) or its equivalent'Conditionally Approved'(EU, etc). Your choice of wording/terminology isn't technically precise& IS misleading. Also: isn't the whole point of mRNA that is is meant to 'teach' the body?

And fiery death from above on Palestinians of all ages! good luck

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