Israel is ready for a fourth dose of vaccine

Israel’s Health Minister said that the country is preparing to ensure the supply of Covid-19 vaccine for the fourth injection when necessary.

“We don’t know when the fourth shot is needed. I very much hope that it will not be needed for six months and the effects of the third injection will last longer,” said Israel’s Health Minister Nachman Ash. in an interview with Radio 103FM on September 12.

Israel, which mainly uses Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, has so far given the third shot to about 2.8 million people after launching the campaign in August. Health officials fear the Covid-19 vaccine- 19 will gradually lose its effectiveness 5 months after injection, so a booster injection is required.

A man receives a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital near Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 12.  Photo: AFP.

A man receives a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital near Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 12. Photo: AFP.

After Israel, the US and UK have also planned to start a booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine later this month, while a number of other European countries are also considering.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to postpone the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week said countries should postpone booster shots at least until the end of the year, so that poorer countries can have more access to vaccines.

Israel is one of the leading countries in Covid-19 vaccination after quickly pre-ordering millions of doses of Pfizer’s vaccine. Minister Ash denied that the country signed an exclusive agreement and is considered a “laboratory” for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.

It is true that Pfizer is learning from Israel about the effectiveness of the booster shot, Ash said, but the process does not harm the interests of its citizens.

Ngoc Anh (Follow Bloomberg)

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