Israeli health authorities began administering covid 19 booster shots Friday to people over age 60 who’ve already received both does of a vaccine.
On thursday was announcement by the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennet, making Israel which was the first country to offer a third dose of a Western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale.
Bennet said during Friday’s launch ″Israel is a pioneer in going ahead with the third dose for older people of the age of 60 and above,″The decision comes rising infections caused by the delta variant, and indications that the vaccine’s efficacy drops over time.
Bennett said that a team of expert advisers that the beigning of the campaign to recive the booster vaccine was necessary.Reality proves the vaccine are safeand also protect against severe morbidity and death.
9.3 million population have received both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and over 80% of the population 40 is vaccinated. Bennet said on Friday ,″The only way we can defeat Covid is together. Together means sharing information, sharing methods, technologies, insights, and actionable steps,″.
Neither the US nor the EU has approved coronavirus booster shots, and the World Health Organization said earlier this month that there is not enough evidence to show that a third dose is needed.Real world data from Britain and the US show that the Pfizer vaccine remains powerfully protective against serious illness.
Pfizer‘s said ,on wednesday that effectiveness of the vaccine, 44,000 population 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%.
Israel has carried out one of the world’s quickest and most successful vaccination campaigns. The Israeli government had planned to reopen the country to vaccinated tourists in July but has pushed the date back over the rise in cases.
The Israeli health ministry recorded 2165 new corona virus cases Thursday, after increases in infection over the last month .the number of case of covid 19 have scored from 19 mid june to 159 the highly infectious delta variant has spread.