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30 Dec. 2021 2:40 p.m.

Originally, a vaccination study for the fourth COVID-19 vaccination was to be carried out on 150 participants this week at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv. According to media reports, this was stopped after an initial start because the required permit did not exist.

The Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv (Israel) wanted to start a study on the fourth COVID-19 vaccination this week after applying for approval from the Helsinki Committee, which approves all clinical studies in Israel, in early December.

After the study started last weekend, vaccinations for around 100 test subjects, all of them medical staff, were planned for this week. The Israeli media are now reporting that an important body has apparently refused or not yet delivered the necessary approval for this study, even though the Israeli Ministry of Health had previously approved the vaccinations.

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The Helsinki Committee Israel, which has to approve clinical studies within Israel and is an essential prerequisite for approval, therefore has to give the final approval of the current test run for unknown reasons. On Tuesday last week, the Department of Health’s advisory panel of experts signed the administration of a fourth dose to people over 60 and other people at risk. The test phase began on Sunday, but two days later the Israeli reported Channel 13 according to Times Of Israelthat the Ministry of Health had now withdrawn its decision on a permit during a meeting.

The reason for this is that the Helsinki Committee Israel “never approved” the study, according to statements by the Israeli media: “The committee that was asked for a comment told us Channel 13that it could not disclose its internal deliberations on the matter. “

Furthermore, it is speculated that Israeli politicians are now questioning the absolute necessity of a fourth vaccination. The reason is new preliminary data from England, which would suggest “that people with the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 are between 50 and 70 percent less likely to need a hospital stay than people with the Delta variant.”

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“The results of the British health authority complement the emerging indications that Omikron causes milder diseases than other variants, but also spreads faster and escapes vaccines better,” said the information on the part Times of Israel.

This point of view has already been mentioned in an article by Times of Israel indicated on December 23. The article notes that Nachman Ash, the director general of the Department of Health, has examined “data from the UK” suggesting that “the omicron variant of the coronavirus causes less serious illness than the Delta strain”.

Should “more such data accumulate” could, according to statements from the broadcaster Channel 13 Director General Ash “does not support the recommendation of the government advisory body not to offer the additional booster vaccinations at this point in time for medical staff, over 60s and at risk groups, and instead send the matter back for further consideration.”

the New York Times Also on December 23, headline on the subject of a fourth vaccination: “Israel is considering 4th dose of vaccine, but some experts think it is premature. Some scientists warn that too many vaccinations affect the body’s ability to fight the COVID-19 virus could. “

Controversial views are emerging within Israeli politics and science: “Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made it clear that he is in favor of a fourth vaccination, and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz has suggested that a new round of booster vaccinations could start by Sunday,” the quoted the New York Times.

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On the other hand, argues in the same article, the Israeli epidemiologist Hagai Levine: “I respect the opinion of those who say: It is better to be on the safe side than to regret something later. But before giving a fourth dose, it is better to look at that Science waiting. “

The latest figures show that general approval for vaccination is falling among the Israeli population: “Although 63 percent of the 9.4 million citizens received the first two doses of the vaccine, only 45 percent picked up the booster, the one six months after the second vaccination is necessary to be considered fully immunized, “reports Cicero-Online.

In the article of the New York Times Federal Health Minister Lauterbach is also quoted as saying: “The German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Thursday that he was assuming that the Germans would receive another booster vaccination next year, depending on how long the protection of the third vaccination lasts.”

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