Highly Vaccinated Israel Has a Nagging Coronavirus Problem

Highly Vaccinated Israel Has a Nagging Coronavirus Problem

With 81 percent of Israel’s adult population (and nearly 59 percent of its overall population) fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the number of reported SARS-CoV-2 infections down to under 20 cases per day, the Israeli government lifted most COVID-19-related restrictions in the country on June 1, 2021. One of the main remaining restrictions was the […]

Half of COVID Delta Variant Infections in Israel are in Vaccinated People

Half of COVID Delta Variant Infections in Israel are in Vaccinated People

Israel is currently experiencing a surge in the number of people testing positive for the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. On June 24, 2021, the country’s Ministry of Health announced that it had registered 227 new coronavirus cases—the highest daily increase since May. This compares to only 13 cases of the virus the previous […]

Israel Studying Possible Link Between Heart Inflammation and Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Shot

Israel Studying Possible Link Between Heart Inflammation and Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Shot

The Israeli Health Ministry is evaluating cases of heart inflammation in people in Israel who have received Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 vaccine for COVID-19. In a preliminary study, led by Dror Mevorach, MD head of one of the COVID-19 units at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, 62 cases of myocarditis—inflammation of the […]

Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Pregnant Women in Israel

Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Pregnant Women in Israel

Story Highlights The World Health Organization issued a Jan. 26, 2021 statement recommending that pregnant women should not be vaccinated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, approved for use under emergency authorization, citing a lack of data in pregnancy. Previously, most countries were in agreement with that opinion, but Israel is now recommending that pregnant women should […]