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Israel tests a fourth dose of vaccine… Results report after 2 weeks

Israeli medical workers vaccinate against COVID-19. yunhap news
Israel, which claims to be a ‘vaccine laboratory’, has started testing the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Although the Vaccine Advisory Committee recommended the fourth vaccination despite internal differences, it is interpreted as meaning to confirm the effectiveness of the actual fourth vaccination in a situation where the Ministry of Health has withheld the final approval.

According to Reuters on the 27th (local time), a spokesperson for the Sheva Medical Center near Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel, said on the 27th (local time), “The results of the test, which have attracted attention from the world, will be submitted to the Israeli Ministry of Health in two weeks.”

The key issue is whether the 4th dose, also called the ‘second booster shot’, is effective against the omicron mutation that is rapidly spreading around the world.

150 medical staff at Sheba Medical Center will receive the fourth inoculation after completing the booster (third inoculation). “The trial will focus on determining the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine to produce antibodies, and whether a fourth dose is usually required,” a hospital spokesperson said.

Earlier, the Israel Vaccine Advisory Committee last week recommended a fourth dose of the vaccine for medical staff, those over the age of 60 and those with weakened immune systems. The committee decided to recommend vaccination, although opinions were divided on whether scientific evidence for the feasibility of the fourth vaccination was sufficient. However, the Ministry of Health has delayed the final approval, saying that the target for the fourth vaccination can be limited to those in their 70s or older.

Currently, 63% of Israel’s 9.4 million population have completed the second dose. In addition, about half of the boosters were vaccinated, and 45% of the total population received booster shots.

There are about 2,000 confirmed or suspected cases of Omicron infection. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s 14-year-old daughter has also tested positive and is self-isolating at home. Omicron infection is possible. However, the prime minister has tested negative and is working from home.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Ministry of Health has shortened the interval between the second and third doses from 5 months to 3 months to prevent infection caused by the spread of Omicron.

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