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A worker from the education field receives a COIVID-19 vaccine injection at a Maccabi vaccination center in Modi'in on Jan. 12, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israeli virus experts: ‘We may need vaccine updates every year or two’

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In the coming years, pharmaceutical corporations will likely need to launch updated versions of their coronavirus vaccines every year or two years, though this task should not present any special challenges for them, leading...
An employee in Israel's education field receives a COVID-19 vaccine injectionon on Jan. 12, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israelis over the age of 40 now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

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Israel’s Ministry of Health lowered the age of those eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine to 40 on Tuesday. At the same time, the ministry ordered the country’s four health management organizations to prepare...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video conference with world leaders on Jan 18, 2021. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Netanyahu urges world leaders to ‘pool’ scientific, economic efforts amid pandemic

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on world leaders on Monday to work together to promote scientific research and economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister’s Office said. “We all have research and...
A staff member receives a second dose of Pfizer's BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer, on Jan. 10, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

High level of antibodies after second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Israeli study shows

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More than 98 percent of people who received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have developed antibodies that neutralize the virus, according to the results of a serological study conducted by Tel Aviv’s Sheba...
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...
Holocaust survivor Shimon Mira gets a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel explores plan to provide free vaccines to Holocaust survivors worldwide

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Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich announced on Tuesday the launch of an extensive operation to vaccinate Holocaust survivors around the world against COVID-19. The Israeli Cabinet minister directed Shalom Corps, the international youth service nonprofit, to...
Palestinian workers clear streets and homes in the West Bank city of Nablus on April 3, 2020, enabling measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

How the Muslim-Arab world is handling the coronavirus crisis

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It’s something of a riddle how Arab and Muslim states have dealt with the COVID-19 crisis. In March 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic, and reports of thousands of...
A COVID-19 vaccine at Maccabi Healthcare Services vaccination center in Modi'in, Dec. 24, 2020. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Report: Palestinian Authority greenlights Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

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The Palestinian Authority has approved the use of the Sputnik-5 COVID vaccine developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, according to a press release from the Russian Direct Investment Fund published...
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...