Health officials to discuss vaccinating children under 12 against COVID-19

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Ynetnews 11 July, 2021 - 02:32am 35 views

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Israel offering third Pfizer dose to adults with weak immune systems

The Hill 11 July, 2021 - 01:41pm

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said the decision was effective immediately.

Israel had seen daily rates of new coronavirus infections in the single digits in June, but cases have trended upward over the past month. The country reported a high of 528 cases new cases on July 6, the highest since late March, according to data from the World Health Organization.

Pfizer and BioTech said on Thursday they were planning to seek authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The companies said in their statement that an ongoing trial of the booster shot was showing "encouraging data."  The companies said that when the dose is administered six months after the second dose, it provided levels of neutralizing antibodies five to 10 times higher.

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