Israel seeks a new vaccine to avoid more serious complications

Israel seeks a new vaccine to avoid more serious complications

According to a military radio report It will be protected with the AstraZeneca vaccine for those who developed more serious complications after the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine based on the mRNA technology used so far in Israel. Or those whose health condition does not allow it to be managed.

Prime Minister Bennett Naftali is expanding the trial of quarantine testing in educational institutions for children who have not yet been vaccinated. In the pilot program, children who come into contact with an identified infected person can return to schools if they test negative and entire classes do not have to take a one-week home closure.

So far, such schools exist only in green settlements, which are classified as not at all infected or barely infected, but the method has been extended to yellow, that is, slightly infected places and kindergartens, the English-language news portal The Times of Israel reported .

In addition to Despite weeks of improved epidemic data, the Israeli Ministry of Health is not planning any relief. “The masks are expected to remain in the winter as well. We will continue to wear them indoors, and the coming months will be accompanied by restrictions associated with the green label,” Prof. Nachman S, director of the ministry told the Yedio Ahronoth news newspaper. ynet portal on tuesday.

In Israel, the fourth wave of the epidemic, caused by the delta type, has gradually subsided, with 1,483 new carriers identified on Monday through about 110,000 tests. At the beginning of September, this number was about nine thousand several times. The proportion of positive cases in testing has fallen to 1.42 percent, although it exceeded 8 percent a month and a half ago.

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Since the outbreak, 1,318,478 people have been registered by the authorities in a country of about 9.4 million people. There are currently 17,512 active coronavirus cases registered in Israel, of which 488 are in hospital.

The number of serious cases reached 360, including 161 on ventilators. Although relatively high infection rates remain, the R index, which indicates the spread of the virus, has gradually decreased from 1.36 at the beginning of August to less than 1, currently 0.78, which means that one hundred new infections are now transmitting the virus to only. 78 on average.

Since the end of December last year, 6,207,918 people (over 12 years of age) have been vaccinated at least once with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which represents 66.76 percent of the country’s population.

In August, to increase protection and reduce the delta wave, another campaign was launched to give the third booster vaccine to those who had already received the second vaccine at least five months earlier. As a result of the campaign, 3,856,772 people have so far received the third dose of the vaccine, representing 41.47 percent of the population..

In Covid-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, 8,010 people have died in Israel since February last year. The Ministry of Health said that 11 of the 13 cases who died in the past two days were not vaccinated at all, and two cases did not take a booster dose, and the old protection has already expired.

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