Israel, one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, has set a new COVID-19 case record.

Israeli Ministry of Health attracted more than 72,000 people this week CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, The largest increase in infectious diseases since the start of the pandemic.

According to January 19, the total number of active cases in the country has reached nearly 400,000, of which 533 are currently hospitalized in serious condition. statement Posted by the Ministry of Health of the country.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned this month that cases of CCP virus are expected to increase rapidly as variants of Omicron are rampant. ..

“Information released at a cabinet meeting shows that the current wave will infect a total of 2-4 million citizens in Israel,” Bennett said. statement Read.

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke at a press conference on January 2, 2022 at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. (EmilSalman / AFP via Getty Images)

According to January 20 data, Israel is one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world, with nearly half of the population receiving three doses and a new daily number of cases per person. Leads the world in.

Eran Segal, a biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, explained that after examining this data and comparing the seven-day moving averages of each country, Israel became the top Times of Israel. report..

The Ministry of Health announced last week that it began administering a second booster to a group of the most vulnerable people, and that 500,000 people had already received the fourth shot. In total, nearly 73% of Israelis have been vaccinated at least once, and about 66% have been fully vaccinated, according to government data.

Israel was one of the first countries to deploy the vaccine a year ago and began widely offering a third dose last summer to contain the delta variant. Officials said the fourth shot wanted to slow down the wave of infection caused by Omicron.

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The woman was vaccinated with the second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster on January 5, 2022 in Netanya, Israel. (AmmarAwad)

Israeli researchers said on January 17 that a second boost of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine induces antibodies, but may not be sufficient to protect the recipient from infection from Omicron. Said it was expensive. Many of Israel’s COVID-19 vaccination programs use Pfizer Jab.

“Two weeks after the fourth vaccination, there was a significant increase in antibodies compared to after the third vaccination, but not enough for Omicron,” said Principal professor Gili Regev-Yochay. I told reporters At an online briefing.

Omicron has proven superior to previous strains in avoiding antibodies induced by the COVID-19 vaccine, and millions of people worldwide have been vaccinated in recent weeks. Infects and is causing new efforts to boost people.

On Tuesday, Bennett again advised the Israelites to jab. Leaders advertised early preliminary results from a Sheba Medical Center study that showed high levels of antibodies one week after workers received the fourth dose, and were “five times the number of antibodies” in the vaccine recipient. Increased “.

Early data did show that boosters recovered some of the lost protection against infection, but protection was reduced again after just a few weeks. Preliminary results from the Sheba study, which has not yet been published, show similar results for the second booster.

Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.

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