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Despite Delta spread, Israeli experts discuss treating Covid as just another virus

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Published: 12 July 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Debate follows UK data showing vaccination greatly reduces the rate of serious illness; health experts agree to vaccinate Under 12s in rare cases; borders stay shut till September

Israeli experts debate treating Covid-19 as just another virus while Delta variant spreads (Haaretz)
Data from UK shows vaccination greatly reduces the rate of serious COVID illness, prompting Israeli medical officials to consider a change in approach while dealing with the virus

With new Pfizer deal, Israel to restart vaccinations after 24-hour break (Times of Israel)
Immunocompromised Israelis will soon be able to receive a third booster dose; 6 people in Israel have died of COVID in the past week

Health Ministry experts vote to vaccinate under-12s in exceptional cases (Ynet)
Decision coincides with Pfizer clinical trials on safety and efficacy of vaccine among children aged six months to 12 years, will be administered to those considered high risk; team for handling epidemics also okays third shot for residents of nursing homes as national infection rate hits 0.9%

Israel said likely to delay reopening borders to most tourists until September (Times of Israel)
Jerusalem attempting to speed up next shipment from Pfizer as doses set to expire; officials mull return to socially distanced ‘capsules’ in schools; 700 new cases over weekend


Palestinian vaccine-gate investigation report out (Al-Monitor)
The independent report about the deal between the Palestinian government and Israel that led to the PA's receipt of expired vaccines has been finalized and made public with leads on incompetence and oversight

Photo: People wearing masks at a Givatayim shopping centre in June, 2020 (Hadas Parush)

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