Israel became the first country to celebrate the return to normalcy and the removal of most restrictions thanks to its high vaccination coverage. But it turned out that the drugs could not save the country from the COVID-19 delta strain. He came to Israel and caused a spike in new infections.
About 60% of Israel’s 9.3 million people have received at least one Pfizer vaccine. On Sunday, the government began offering boosters for people with weakened immune systems.
After a rush of vaccinations that have reduced the number of infections and deaths from the coronavirus, Israelis stopped wearing face masks and abandoned all social distancing rules. Perhaps this also had an impact.
Now in the country, which was considered the most “vaccinated”, about 450 new cases of COVID-19 infection are registered per day. The delta variant in Israel currently accounts for about 90% of cases. In this regard, the government announced that it is changing its strategy to combat the virus. The authorities now want the Israelis to learn to live with the virus, so there are no new lockdowns, but some minimum restrictions will begin to operate again.
“The implementation of the strategy will entail certain risks, but in general, including economic factors, this is the necessary balance,” said Prime Minister Bennett.
The Israeli government’s strategy echoes that of the British government, although Israel is now in the process of restoring some restrictions, while London is completely abandoning them.
The strategy of the “golden mean” and soft suppression of the virus has many opponents. In particular, the Ministry of Health of the country reacted with distrust to her, pointing out that the cost of such an error could be very high.
But some scholars call the Strategy the “golden path”. In particular, Nadav Davidovich, director of the School of Public Health at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, approves of her. He notes that the time has come to move away from hard lines and restrictions.
Israel is in no hurry to endorse public booster shots, saying there is no clear evidence yet to prove this is necessary. The authorities are also considering allowing children under 12 to be vaccinated on an individual basis.
Previously, when nothing was known about the delta strain, it was assumed that 75% of the population would need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. The estimated threshold is now 80%, and doctors are intimidated by this.
“The virus will not stop. It develops, it is its nature. But our nature is to survive “, – stated Dr. Gadi Segal, head of the coronavirus department at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv.
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