Israel persists with third dose of vaccine despite WHO call

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Israel’s government continues to administer the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to people 60 and older on Thursday, despite a call from the World Health Organization. [
OMS] in favor of a moratorium on this practice. At a time when Western countries are struggling to vaccinate as many of their populations as possible with two doses against the coronavirus, Israel launched a campaign last Friday in favor of a third dose of vaccine, mainly from Pfizer / BioNtech laboratories. , for people of 60 years. and more.

President Isaac Herzog, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Nafatli Bennett’s mother received this third dose, a booster designed to strengthen the immune system against the spread of the Delta variant, which is more contagious than the others. But on Wednesday, the head of the World Health Organization [OMS], Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called for a moratorium on the administration of these booster vaccines, in order to make these doses available to countries that have been able to immunize only a small part of their population.

The Israeli government did not comment directly on the WHO request on Thursday, but signaled its intention to continue administering booster doses. “People 60 and older who have not yet received a third dose are six times more likely to become seriously ill or even die,” said Nafatli Bennett. “I ask that in the next two to three weeks, when you get vaccinated and wait five days after your third dose, to take care of yourself,” he added.

Since Sunday and the start of the withdrawal campaign, more than 262,000 Israelis aged 60 and over, or 21% of that age group, have received a third dose, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry. And appointments have already been made for 381,000 people, according to the ministry. “The elderly have a more developed sense of responsibility and, at the same time, they are very afraid of getting seriously ill if they get an infection,” Shoshana, a 75-year-old Jerusalem resident, told AFP on Thursday. your booster dose.

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