Israel offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster to at-risk adults

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Representatives from Pfizer and federal health officials, who sent out conflicting signals about the need for vaccine booster shots, are planning to meet as soon as Monday, according to Reuters.

Last week, the American pharmaceutical giant and its partner BioNTech said they would pursue U.S. and European regulatory approval for a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, given the spread of variants and data they said showed diminished vaccine potency six months after the initial shots.

On Sunday, Israel’s health ministry announced that it would begin offering booster shots to adults with weakened immune systems who already had two doses of the vaccine, amid a surge there. 

"There's a lot of work going on to examine this in real-time to see if we might need a boost. But right now, given the data that the CDC and the FDA has, they don't feel that we need to tell people right now you need to be boosted," Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top Biden administration adviser, said Sunday on CNN in response to the news.

Meanwhile, 42 states saw an increase in COVID-19 cases last week from the week before, a sign that the pandemic is not yet over in the United States. Almost all of the new cases — 99.7% — are among people who have not been vaccinated.

►The chairman of the Miami-Dade county commission has tested positive for coronavirus, about four months after he was fully vaccinated. Jose Diaz has been a frequent presence at the Surfside condo collapse site, raising questions about exposure at the site, reported the Miami Herald.

►India has already reported more than twice as many COVID-19 cases in 2021 as it had all of last year, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

►The mayors of two Tokyo islands have asked the metropolitan government to take the planned Olympic torch relay off public roads amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

►Hospitalizations have continued to decrease in Wisconsin as more residents receive vaccines. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has remained under 100 for more than two weeks.

📈 Today's numbers: The U.S. has had more than 33.85 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 607,100 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: more than 186.74 million cases and more than 4 million deaths. Nearly 159.2 million Americans — 48% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

📘 What we're reading: As many adolescents and young adults prepare to return to the classroom in the fall term amid the spread of the delta variant, the lagging vaccination rate among Generation Z is raising concerns among experts.

California will require that masks be worn at schools when classrooms open this fall, despite new guidance issued Friday from the CDC that says vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear face coverings inside school buildings.

Ahead of new school guidelines expected next week, health officials in California said Friday that requiring face coverings will allow all schools to reopen this fall for full in-person instruction. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said that not all schools can accommodate physical distancing of at least 3 feet or more, so the best preventive measure is wearing masks indoors.

“We believe that with masking and with testing, we can get kids back to in-person 100% in our schools,” Ghaly said.

Ghaly noted the CDC guidance released Friday says that when it is not possible to maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance, “it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking.”

California’s decision around schools comes as districts across the state prepare to open next month for full-time learning and the state continues to encourage residents, including kids as young as 12 years old, to get vaccinated.

For putting their health on the line during the coronavirus pandemic, prison guards in Missouri got an extra $250 per paycheck. Teachers in Georgia received $1,000 bonuses. And in Vermont, nurses, janitors, retail workers and many others got as much as $2,000.

Over the past year, about one-third of U.S. states have used federal COVID-19 relief aid to reward workers considered essential who dutifully reported to jobs during the pandemic. But who qualified for those bonuses — and how much they received — varied widely, according to an Associated Press review. While some were paid thousands of dollars, others with similar jobs elsewhere received nothing.

As society reopens, momentum to provide pandemic hazard pay appears to be fading — even though the federal government has broadened the ability of state and local governments to provide retroactive pay under a $350 billion aid package enacted by President Joe Biden in March.

So far, only a few states have committed to paying workers extra with money from the American Rescue Plan.

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As the cases of coronavirus increased due to wide spread of Delta variant, Israel has decided to vaccinate the vulnerable population with the third booster shot

Keeping in mind the rapid spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus, Israel’s government has decided to offer a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults.

Israel has taken this decision after the new infections of coronavirus increased from single-digit to nearly 450 cases per day. The country has also moved to fast-track its next shipment of Pfizer’s vaccine doses.

All adults with ‘impaired immune systems’ who had already received the first two shots of the Pfizer vaccine are now eligible for a third shot of the vaccine, declared Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz.

The third shot has faced criticism from some scientists. "We are examining this issue and we still do not have a final answer," Horowitz said. "In any case, we are administering as of now a third shot to people suffering from immunodeficiency … These are for instance people who have undergone organ transplants or suffer from a medical condition which causes a drop in immunity."

This decision has also been taken keeping in mind that nearly half of the 46 patients currently admitted in Israel’s hospitals due to coronavirus are vaccinated, as per data provided to the public by the health ministry. Out of these half, majority are patients from the vulnerable groups who had prior health issues or are aged 60 and above.

Meanwhile, the health minister has also assured that the officials are working on filling in the supply gap between the first two shots of the ongoing inoculation programmes for the general adult population by using Moderna vaccine doses, available in stock.

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