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Tel Aviv, April 4, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel may have achieved herd immunity against COVID-19

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Israel may have reached herd immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, say experts from its largest hospital, Sheba Medical Center. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population has immunity—through vaccination or having recovered...
This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the United States. Credit: NIAID-RML via Wikimedia Commons.

Kantor Antisemitism Report for 2020 reflects Jew-hatred, tropes exacerbated by pandemic

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The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Humanities, in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, released the Antisemitism Report for 2020, the year of the...
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on the production line. Credit: Mike Mareen/Shutterstock.

Senior Israeli health official says virus is ‘dying out,’ credits vaccine

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The head of Public Health at Israel’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday that the COVID-19 virus was “dying out” in the country, albeit slowly. Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the head of Public Health at Israel’s Health...
COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center in Tzfat, on Feb. 14, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Pfizer vaccine found effective against COVID-19 variants

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Israeli researchers report that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is as effective against B.1.1.7 variant of the virus, aka the U.K. variant, as it is against the original SARS-CoV-2 strain. The vaccine was found to...
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Germany provides $13.5 million to help Holocaust survivors get vaccinated

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The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) announced on Wednesday the establishment of a new $13.5 million program, funded by the German government, to help Holocaust survivors get access to coronavirus vaccinations. The new Holocaust...
A COVID-19 vaccine is administered at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on March 11, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Health Minister: More than half the population fully vaccinated

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More than half of Israel’s citizens have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Thursday. “We have crossed the 50 percent threshold of all Israeli citizens who are vaccinated...
Israelis in Tel Aviv on March 17, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel’s COVID reproduction rate drops to 0.59

Israel’s coronavirus reproduction rate continues to drop, according to Health Ministry data released on Wednesday, and now stands at 0.59. Of the 41,443 COVID-19 tests that the ministry conducted on Tuesday, 679 came back positive,...
Screenshot of the offensive caption appearing in the “Asbury Park Press,” March 2021 Source: Screenshot.

New Jersey newspaper fires journalist after anti-Jewish, misogynistic caption

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A journalist from the Asbury Park Press, a Gannett-owned newspaper in Central New Jersey, is out of a job with the paper doing damage control after posting a photo caption last weekend that was deemed...
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Israeli researchers: COVID vaccine antibodies pass from pregnant mother to newborn

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Israeli researchers have announced in a new study that antibodies produced from a COVID-19 vaccine can be passed from a pregnant mother to her baby. The study by researchers from Hadassah University Medical Center, which...
Vials of Pfizer's BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centerl in Tzfat, on Feb. 14, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Knesset Finance Committee approves $600 million more to battle pandemic

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The Knesset Finance Committee has approved the allocation of 2 billion shekels ($600 million) to Israel’s Health Ministry to help it deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee announced on Tuesday. The money is to...