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    Israel's Virus czar calls to begin readying for eventual 4th vaccine dose

    Salman Zarka says COVID-19 is here to stay and that next booster shot may be adjusted for variants: ‘This is our life from now on, in waves’

    “Given that that the virus is here and will continue to be here, we also need to prepare for a fourth injection,” Salman Zarka told Kan public radio.

    Zarka also said that the next booster shot may be modified to better protect against new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, such as the highly infectious Delta strain.

     

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    Daily COVID tally hits new record, but serious cases continue to drop. Serious patients now at 666 after reaching 753 on Sunday; despite active cases passing 90,000 and with over 11,000 daily infections, COVID czar expresses ‘cautious optimism’

    According to Health Ministry data published Thursday morning, 11,187 new cases were diagnosed the day before, slightly surpassing the previous record of 11,133 reached on Monday.

     

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    U.S. moved Israel, one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, into its highest travel advisory tier, "Level 4 - Do Not Travel"


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    Israeli Air-force jets are currently conducting strikes in Lebanon in response to the rocket fire earlier. This is the fourth wave of strikes following three rounds of artillery earlier.

    The Hezbollah terror group maintains a major presence, in the area. The Hezbollah-affilated al-Manar reports IAF jets struck an area near the town of Alaishiyeh

    Earlier in the day the Israelie Defence Force fired over 100 artillery shells into southern Lebanon in response to the rocket attack 

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    Israel to start charging unvaccinated for COVID Tests. On Thursday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said the country would start requiring the unvaccinated to pay out of pocket for COVID tests.

    “There is no reason that taxpayers and those who fulfill their civic duty to get vaccinated will fund tests for those who refuse to get vaccinated,” he said. It was not immediately clear if this would also apply to school children.

    Last week, Israel began administering booster doses to those with weakened immune systems, including heart, liver and kidney transplant patients, despite the lack of approval from overseas regulatory agencies.

    But Health Ministry officials have indicated that third doses for the general population are not imminent, stressing that the vaccine remains largely effective.

    Isralie Health Ministry data indicates that the vast majority (80%) of immunized COVID-19 carriers did not spread the virus to anyone else while at concerts, restaurants, gyms or event halls, Channel 12 reported.

    Another 10% spread the virus to one other person at these venues, and 3% infected two or three others (for the remaining 7%, it’s unclear whether they were responsible for infecting others), according to the network. The report did not offer details on how many were infected by unvaccinated individuals at these sites.