Israel registered this Tuesday more than 500 infections by covid-19, a record figure since March, after identifying a decrease in vaccine effectiveness by Pfizer to prevent them, although it avoids in 93% serious cases.
According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, the effectiveness of the vaccine to prevent infections, with or without symptoms, fell to one 64% since June, attributed to the delta variant (versus 88% originally believed) while still protecting against serious illness and hospitalizations (94% effective).
Israel added this Tuesday 501 new cases, 50% among schoolchildren, which places the positivity rate at 0.7% with a total of 2,901 active cases, although only 33 people are currently hospitalized.
More than 5.1 million residents vaccinated – out of a total of more than 9 million-, the health authorities promote vaccination campaigns among adolescents and try to dispose of surpluses.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftalí Benet announced on Tuesday a agreement with South Korea to send 700,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that expire at the end of the month, in exchange for the country returning the same amount when you receive your order in September-October 2021. The deal was announced after the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) rejected a similar pact for having a near expiration date.
The new Israeli Government has reactivated the call Coronavirus Cabinet, which will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, to assess the epidemiological situation and has approved two studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the vaccine by age and characteristics, as well as cellular immunity.
The indoor mask has become mandatory again in Israel and the entry of foreigners with tourist visas remains banned since the pandemic began in March 2020.