Bennett orders new studies on Covid
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz joined on Monday to call on the ministry to conduct two coronavirus vaccine studies aimed at helping the government formulate policy amid a growing number of cases.
A study will be conducted with verified coronavirus patients who have been vaccinated, regarding various factors (age, pre-existing conditions, date of inoculation, etc.) to assess the effectiveness of the vaccine and the rate at which it wears off in the past. over time. among people of different age groups and suffering from various pre-existing conditions, the prime minister’s office said in a statement following a meeting on the subject.
The guideline also includes an assessment of the cellular immunity of vaccinated persons over time by means of serological tests.
The studies will be coordinated by the Director of Public Health, Dr Sharon Alroy-Preis, in cooperation with the HMOs.
The decision comes the day after the Corona Vaccines Advisory Committee recommended vaccination of immunocompromised people with a third dose or booster, Jerusalem post reported, citing a committee member. They do not recommend a third dose to the rest of the population.
However, the director general of the Ministry of Health, Chezy Levy, told Israel Radio later Monday morning that even if the ministry decides to implement the recommendation, it is unlikely to happen in the months to come.
“In Britain they are talking about a third blow in September-October,” he said. âWe’re not talking about it yet – certainly not in the next few days. “
âWe are aware of what is going on in the world, monitoring and testing the levels of antibodies among people who have been vaccinated,â Levy added. âAt the moment, it is in discussions, we are studying it. There is still no decision on a booster vaccine in the near future. “
The expert committee is also expected to recommend other measures, such as reinstating the green passport program, requiring people to be vaccinated or tested before entering certain places. However, they want to refrain from lowering limits on the number of people allowed in stores and other businesses, among other restrictions.
The coronavirus cabinet is expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss next steps to contain the resurgence of the virus, which has been attributed mainly to the Delta variant brought into the country by airline passengers from overseas who have not. been properly checked at Ben-Gurion Airport. .