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Israeli hospital to give fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot in trial

CoronavirusDec 26, 2021 03:30PM ET
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -A major Israeli hospital will begin administering a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot to 150 staff on Monday in a trial aimed at gauging whether a second booster is necessary nationwide, the facility said on Sunday.

Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv said its trial would shed light on the efficacy of a fourth dose and help decision-makers set health policy in Israel and abroad.

Israel has reported 1,118 confirmed cases of the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, with the number of people infected by it doubling every two days.

A Health Ministry panel of experts has recommended offering a fourth dose of the Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) /BioNTech vaccine to Israelis aged 60 and over who received a booster shot at least four months ago.

But final approval by the ministry's director-general is still pending amid public debate as to whether sufficient scientific information is available to justify a new booster drive.

Sheba Medical Center did not say how long its trial would last.

"We will examine the fourth dose's effect on the level of antibodies and morbidity and we will gauge its safety," it quoted Gili Regev-Yochay, the study's director, as saying. "We will understand whether it is worthwhile to administer a fourth shot, and to whom."

The 150 Sheba medical workers taking part in the trial, which the hospital said had received Health Ministry approval, got booster shots no later than Aug 20.

Separately, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office said he tested negative on Sunday for COVID-19 after his 14-year-old daughter was infected. It said he would self-isolate.

Israeli hospital to give fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot in trial
 

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Amy Carbob
Amy Carbob Dec 26, 2021 9:22PM ET
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Thats ridiculous. They need something variabt specific and maybe an intranasal vaccine
John Laurens
John Laurens Dec 26, 2021 9:06PM ET
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Why not just make it an even dozen? Or try giving massive doses to see just how much of the stuff a person can take? That'd be cool..
Edward Chong
Edward Chong Dec 26, 2021 8:57PM ET
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only they will do such crazy things.
Dec 26, 2021 3:53PM ET
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Youre not vaccinated youre RICAed !.. continue believing that youre righteus and civilized and protecting others !.. #brainwashed
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Dec 26, 2021 3:53PM ET
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Ok snowflake
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i think 1L of vaccine per day will do the trick
William Smith
William Smith Dec 26, 2021 2:44PM ET
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Numerous vaccines that WORK against all variants have passed phase 3 worldwide but have never been approved as bog pharma/government corruption continues to stop their final approvals and use.
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Need more boosters!!!
 
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