Israel to offer 4th Covid vaccine dose to most vulnerable

Israel became the first country to approve a fourth dose of vaccine for the most vulnerable to Covid-19 as it prepares for a wave of infections fueled by the Omicron variant.

Nachman Ash, the director general of the Department of Health, announced the decision at a press conference late Thursday.

He said the decision was based on early research and officials would consider extending a fourth dose to a larger segment of the public while they assess the situation.

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Israel was one of the first countries to introduce Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine a year ago and started offering booster vaccines last summer.

But there has still been a surge of infections attributed to the Delta variant, and officials have warned of another one, powered by the fast-spreading omicron.

On Thursday, Israel received its first shipment of pills treating the worst effects of Covid-19.

It is one of the first countries to receive Pfizer’s Paxlovid, a pill that can be taken at home to ward off the most severe symptoms of the coronavirus. All previously approved drugs require an IV or injection.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the delivery will help Israel “successfully negotiate the apex of the approaching omicron wave”.

Israeli media reported that the first shipment will be 20,000 cans, with more expected when Pfizer starts production.

Israel currently has more than 20,000 patients, including 94 seriously ill. At least 8,243 people have died of Covid-19 in Israel since the pandemic began.

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