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After the number of new coronavirus infections has surged to the highest level since February, Israel is weighing the possibility of further lockdown measures and expanding the scope of enhanced vaccination to people over the age of 50.
According to the Ministry of Health, nearly 80% of adults have been fully vaccinated, which is one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the world, but more than 6,000 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. It said that nearly 650 people were hospitalized, 400 of whom were in serious condition, but did not specify how many vaccines had been given.
The government coronavirus czar Salman Zarka warned that less than 5% of people who tested positive for the coronavirus indicate that the country is in a period of significant increases in the number of new coronaviruses. He said that Israel is at a “critical moment in our health, life and economy.”
As the first country to launch a mass vaccination campaign, it is also the first Reopening the entire economy By early April, Israelis enjoyed the post-pandemic freedom period after nearly 70% of their adult population was fully vaccinated with the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine.
Now, as studies show that the effectiveness of the vaccine is gradually diminishing in people over 60 years of age, some of whom received the first injection as early as December, health authorities have taken the lead in boosting injections.
Israel did not wait for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve a booster for Pfizer’s vaccine, but Manage the third shot A few weeks ago, the vaccine was given to approximately 2,000 people with weakened immune functions, and then on August 1st, it was extended to all people over 60 years of age. Now, as many as 600,000 elderly Israelis have received the third injection, and the vaccine will soon be available to people over 50 years old.
Israeli experience Delta coronavirus variant Pfizer’s messenger RNA vaccine is being closely watched by the United States and Europe, as they are considering authorizing their elderly to receive a third injection.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that 90% of new infections occurred in people 50 years and older. “I ask every Israeli citizen over 50 to be very careful in the next few weeks.”
The rapidly increasing number of cases could undermine the government’s plan to keep the economy open. Israeli officials are already considering a lockdown during the Jewish holiday in September, when families often visit their grandparents to break the chain of infection.
An official from the Ministry of Finance stated that the blockade is seen as a last resort and restricting it to holidays will mean that it will have less impact on the economy.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, people who have not been vaccinated are 6 times more likely to be seriously ill than people who have been vaccinated twice.
The official, who asked not to be named, said: “If people get vaccinated as soon as possible, then there is no need for any lockdown.” “We check the chart every day, and now there are enough vaccines. It’s more than enough for everyone.”
But he said that the rapid increase in new infections may make it possible to implement new restrictions.
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