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Israelis at the beach in Tel Aviv as Israel exits its third COVID-19 lockdown, Feb. 7. 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Top Health Ministry official: Israel may not achieve herd immunity against COVID-19

Israel may be unable to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 even if 100 percent of those eligible to be vaccinated against the disease are inoculated, a Health Ministry expert told the Knesset on Sunday,...
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 COVID-19 vaccination center in Hod Hasharon, Israel, Feb. 2, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israelis 16 and up eligible for COVID vaccine; Netanyahu urges inoculation for all over...

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The Israeli Health Ministry on Wednesday announced that beginning on Thursday, COVID-19 vaccines would be available to all Israelis over the age of 16. As of Wednesday morning, 3,237,163 people in Israel had received the...
The departure hall at Israel's almost empty Ben-Gurion International Airport on Jan. 25, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israel extends COVID-19 lockdown, airport closure by a week

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Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday approved extending the nationwide coronavirus lockdown for an additional five days, until 7 a.m. on Feb. 5, according to a joint statement by the Prime Minister’s Office and Health Ministry....
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 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,...