Jerusalem — COVID-19 (New Coronavirus Infection) Infectious diseases in Israel, one of the most vaccinated countries on the planet, point to a complex path ahead of the United States.
In June, there were several days in Israel with zero new COVID infections. The country launched a national vaccination campaign in December last year, one of the highest immunization rates in the world, with 80% of citizens over the age of 12 fully vaccinated. COVID, which most Israelis thought, was defeated. All restrictions have been lifted Israelis returned to a crowded party I’m praying in a place without a mask.
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Fast forward two months later: On Tuesday Israel reported 9,831 new diagnoses. This is far from the worst daily figure ever recorded in the country of 10,000 at the peak of the third wave. Over 350 people Died of illness In the first three weeks of August. At a press conference on Sunday, the directors of seven public hospitals announced that they were no longer able to admit patients with coronavirus. With 670 COVID-19 patients in need of critical care, the ward is flooded and staff are reaching their limits.
“I don’t want to scare you,” Coronavirus emperor Dr. Salman Zarka told the Israeli parliament this week. “But this is data. Unfortunately, the numbers don’t lie.”
The complex and calm truth is that a single policy or event did not put Israel in this crisis, Hagai Levine, a professor of epidemiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told The Daily Beast. A series of deadly situations have come together to put Israel at stake. Most of them can be summarized as “we are still in the midst of a pandemic and there is no silver bullet.”
“All vectors influenced the increase in morbidity,” he said.
However, the main cause of Israel’s current plight is the highly infectious delta brought into the country by Israelis returning from foreign vacations during the weeks when Israel withdrew all restrictions. The superiority of the mutant. About 6 months.
Israel vaccinated its population almost exclusively Pfizer / BioNTech VaccineReceived full FDA approval on Monday and remains the gold standard for the prevention of serious illnesses caused by the coronavirus.
However, in early July, citizens over the age of 60 were almost completely vaccinated, and Israeli scientists are worried about infectious diseases in double vaccination, if not serious illness or death. Began to observe the increase in.
Fully vaccinated people with a weakened immune system appeared to be particularly vulnerable to aggressive delta mutants.
By mid-July, Professor Galliarahab of Sheva Hospital had begun experimenting with booster shots for oncology patients, transplant patients, and hospital staff.A group of 70 elderly people vaccinated with Israelis with transplanted kidneys Was the first person to receive a third dose..
Successful trial in Rahab About six months after contributing to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision announced last week, it began offering booster shots to Americans in September by boosting immunity.
Israel has embarked on an aggressive effort to provide boosters to all adults within a few weeks to curb the death toll from severe illness and COVID and avoid a fourth national blockade.
As of this week, all Israelis over the age of 30 are eligible for booster shots. By the end of the month, it will be available to anyone over the age of 12 who received the second vaccine more than 5 months ago.
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Israel will then restructure the Green Passport, allowing only triple vaccination and limiting its validity period to 6 months. In anticipation of this change, the number of unvaccinated Israelis taking their first shots has tripled since the beginning of August.
The World Health Organization has called on wealthy countries to stop all third vaccines for two months, hoping that the moratorium will allow poor countries that have not even received the first vaccination to catch up. bottom. The United States rejected the call, and Israel ignored it.
One of the most famous faces of Israel’s public health message when asked what peaked Israeli infections, even though Israel has already provided 1.5 million citizens with a third vaccine. Rahab sighed. We are dealing with a very nasty virus. This is the main problem and we are learning it in a difficult way. “
“This is a combination of weakened immunity, a highly contagious delta mutant that at the same time reinfects inoculated people,” said Rahab, who masked Israelis when numbers began to grow. He added that he lacked discipline to return to the use of. “But that’s not an Israeli issue,” she added. “It’s everywhere.”
Her conclusion is that at most 50 percent of eligible adults are fully vaccinated, which should give US authorities a pause in the face of school reopening.
Unlike New Zealand, which aims for zero community transmission of the coronavirus and imposes a blockade if even one positive case is identified, Israeli authorities have chosen a model that they call “living with corona.”
“Israel is truly a pioneer,” said Levine, a former president of the American Association of Public Health Physicians, for a groundbreaking vaccination campaign and an ongoing full reopening of school on September 1. Mentioned the efforts of.Measures aimed at preventing school-led outbreaks What closed the country last summer..
“We have achieved an airtight plan,” Coronavirus emperor Zarca told a local radio station. “Obviously, you’ll get sick at school … [but] Staying home and shutting down the school system is not the exact solution. “
He urged the government to impose strict limits on the scale of cultural and sporting events until the incidence of coronavirus declined.
“Every country needs to evaluate its own epidemiology. Public confidence in its culture, public health and health authorities,” Levine said. About New Zealand, he added, “We can all learn from other countries, but we cannot copy and paste methods from other countries.”
Israel was forced to make swift decisions at a very uncertain time.Levine was one of the public health officials who questioned the wisdom of Israel’s untested move towards national booster vaccination, but he has the latest statistics on The Daily Beast. Only 0.2 out of the first 1.1 million recipients of the third jab Infected with the coronavirus, it proved to be a “brave decision.”
Last week, it was shown that the prevalence of Israelis who were vaccinated three times over the age of 70 was significantly reduced. This is the first group to receive a booster.
Like other experts, Rahab will help reopen schools, but thanks to Jewish holidays, when about 80% of the country’s schools are closed, Israel will once again function as a huge institute. He said he would be in a position.
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