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A health worker prepares a dose of Pfizer's BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on Feb. 8, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Pfizer vaccinees less likely to pass coronavirus to others, Israeli study finds

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People who’ve received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine appear to be significantly less likely to “shed” or transmit virus particles that may be in their nose or throat. That is the finding of a study pre-published on Feb....
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. Source: Twitter.

Technion to award Pfizer CEO honorary doctorate for coronavirus vaccine

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The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology will award an honorary doctorate to Pfizer CEO and chairman Dr. Albert Bourla for his “extraordinary achievement” in leading the record-time development of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, Technion president...
A Palestinian Authority Health Ministry crew conducts blood tests in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Jan. 14, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Israel transfers thousands of coronavirus vaccines to Palestinians

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Israel on Monday transferred 2,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Palestinian Authority, according to Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). The Moderna vaccines are to be used by medical personnel...
Doses of vaccine at a Clalit COVID-19 vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 28, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

In first real-world study, Pfizer vaccine shows high rate of effectiveness in Israel

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Data released by Israel’s Ministry of Health and one of its top health-care provides indicate that the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer is proving to be highly effective in providing immunity from the virus. According to...
A medical worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine injection at the Meuhedet vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry publishes data-sharing contract inked with Pfizer

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Israel’s Ministry of Health on Sunday published the contract that it signed earlier this month with Pfizer for the additional delivery to the country of the pharmaceutical giant’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. The first shipment arrived on Dec. 9,...
Israelis receive a dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at a Clalit Health Fund vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 12, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

One dose of Pfizer’s vaccine cuts infection rate by a third after two weeks,...

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A single dose of Pfizer’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine lowers the chance of contracting the disease by a third after two weeks, according to a new Israeli study. The findings of the study, which was conducted...
A medical worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine injection at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry reports four cases of South African COVID-19 variant

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Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Saturday that four cases of the highly contagious South African COVID-19 variant have been discovered in Israel. The disturbing development comes amid Israel’s aggressive vaccination drive, with Israeli Prime Minister...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives the second does of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer outside of Tel Aviv, on Jan. 9, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israeli premier, health minister receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein received the second dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Saturday night. “I’m sure all the Israeli citizens about to receive the second dose of the...
A vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. Credit: Department of Defense/Lisa Ferdinando.

Rabbis and Jewish ethicists hail vaccine for COVID-19, encourage its use

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This week, as the U.S. government launched the largest vaccine distribution program in the country’s history, rabbis and Jewish ethicists were united in support of the rollout to battle the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein attend a press conference at a Maccabi health fund vaccine center in Tel Aviv on Dec. 13, 2020. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Netanyahu, Israeli health minister visit HMO vaccination facility in Tel Aviv

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein paid a visit on Sunday to the Maccabi HMO coronavirus vaccination facility in Tel Aviv. The country received the first shipment of pharmaceutical firm Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine...