Israel will begin offering a third injection of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to people over 60, Israeli public radio Kan and Channel 13 announced Thursday.
The campaign, an attempt to fend off the delta variant of the coronavirus, will effectively turn Israel into a testing ground to boost it before approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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Pfizer said on Wednesday it believed people needed a third dose to maintain high protection against the coronavirus. The company said it could seek emergency clearance from the United States for booster injections as early as August.
Kan and Channel 13 said the director general of Israel’s health ministry had informed heads of health maintenance organizations that administer the two-dose Pfizer vaccine that they could provide, starting on Sunday, reminders to people. over 60 years old.
The ministry said earlier it would make an official announcement regarding a recall campaign later today.
Since the delta variant began to spread in Israel in June, the health ministry has twice reported a decline in the vaccine’s effectiveness against infection and a slight decrease in its protection against serious illness.
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