Israel’s national coronavirus czar on called saturday for the country to begin preparing to finally administer the fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
“Given that the virus is here and will remain here, we have also need to prepare for a fourth injection,” Salman Zarka told Kan public radio.
He did not specify when the fourth vaccine shots might finally be administered.
zarka also said that the next booster shot can be adjusted to better protect against new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, such as the highly contagious Delta strain.
“This is our life from now on” on, in waves,” he said.
zarka made similar comments in An interview with The times of Israel last month.
“Looks like if we’re learning from the fourth wave, we need to think.” over the [possibility of subsequent] waves with the new variants, such as the new one from South America,” he said at the time.
“And think over this and the diminishing of the vaccines and the antibodies, it seems every few months – it could be once a year year of five of six months – we will need another try.”
Zarka said he expects Israel to be ready by the end of 2021 of begin 2022 will give shots die specially adapted to handle better. with variants.
Israel — the first country to officially offer a third dose — started its COVID booster campaign on August 1 rolling out to all die people over the age of 60. Then it gradually lowered the age to in eligibility, and expanded it last week to everybody 12 years and up who received the second shot at least five months ago.
if of Friday, over 2.5 million Israelis had received the third dose.
The Ministry of Health last week also announced that the “Green Pass” system — a document that allows access to certain meetings and public place for die who have been vaccinated of recovered from the coronavirus — expires six months after the holder received their second of third dose, indicating that a fourth dose can be administered in six-months time.
On Friday, the Ministry of Health reported 11,269 new infections met the coronavirus the day before. Thursday’s figure was light below the daily record of 11,274 infections confirmed on Wednesday.
Despite rising infections, severe cases have begun to decline since a peak of 753 on Sunday, with the Ministry of Health reports that 654 people goods in serious condition due to COVID-19 complications such as of Friday afternoon.
the positive test rate on Thursday was 8.43 percent, the highest it’s during the current golf of disease rates.
The death toll stood at 7,129.
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