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Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz talks with Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked ahead of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sept. 12, 2021. Source: Channel 12/Screenshot.

Caught on hot mic, Israeli minister says ‘green pass’ not based on epidemiology

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Imposing “green pass” rules on certain venues is needed only to pressure members of the public to get vaccinated, and not for medical reasons, Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said on Sunday, ahead of...
The first Birthright Israel group after a year-long absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, May 24, 2021. Photo by Erez Uzir.

Birthright to resume trips, no quarantine in Israel for those fully vaccinated

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Birthright Israel received confirmation from the Israeli Ministry of Health that it can resume its trips to Israel, JNS has learned. The first Birthright Israel trip since the start of the coronavirus pandemic took place in May,...
Palestinian health workers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem are vaccinated against COVID-19 after a delivery of vaccine doses arrives from Israel on Feb. 3, 2021. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90.

US donates coronavirus vaccines to Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza Strip

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The delivery of a U.S. donation of 500,000 vaccines to counter the ongoing coronavirus arrived in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The Moderna vaccine doses were made in partnership with the...
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine seen on the production line. Credit: Mike Mareen/Shutterstock.

Third Pfizer vaccine shot 86 percent effective for those over 60, Israeli healthcare provider...

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The third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine was 86 percent effective for people over 60 years old, Israeli health care provider Maccabi said on Wednesday. Dr. Anat Ekka Zohar of Maccabi said the third...
A synagogue in Efrat, Gush Etzion, June 27, 2021. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Rabbis: Unvaccinated worshippers may not pray in synagogue

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Rabbis in Israel are launching a campaign against COVID-19 vaccine refusal, including a recent rabbinical ruling that unvaccinated individuals may not enter synagogues, participate in a minyan or be called to the Torah. Chief Rabbi of Ramat...
A medical professional preparing a COVID-19 vaccine in Jerusalem. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Will an Israeli vaccine be the solution to new variants?

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Several COVID-19 vaccines under development in Israel hold out promise for their ability to protect against variants of the virus that are challenging existing vaccines. Back in May 2020, research groups across the world were...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, Aug. 1, 2021. Photo by Emil Salman/Flash90.

In face of Delta variant, Israel reverts to stringent COVID-19 restrictions

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Israel’s ministerial committee approved new restrictions on fighting the spread of COVID-19, announced the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday. They are set to be instituted on Aug. 8 as a result of the uptick in...
An Israeli receives a COVID-19 vaccine in Jerusalem on Dec. 21, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel becomes first country to start third vaccine shot to those over 60

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Israel is going to start offering a third shot of the Pfizer BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to people over the age of 60, Health Ministry Director-General Professor Nachman Ash announced on Thursday. Ash said that the...
A medical worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine injection at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel and South Korea sign COVID-19 vaccine pact

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Israel and South Korea signed a COVID-19 vaccine supply agreement on Tuesday, allowing for more effective use of present and future inventories for both countries. Under the deal, Israel will transfer about 700,000 doses of...
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, at a vaccination center in Tzfat, Feb. 22, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israel looks for buyers as expiration date on nearly 1 million vaccines closes in

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Israel faces the prospect of throwing out hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines if it can’t find a country willing to buy them before they expire. The number of vaccines Israel holds in cold storage...