Israel trials 4th dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Tue 28 Dec 2021, 13:09:34
Jerusalem: Israel has begun trials of a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine in what is believed to be first study of its kind. The trial began at Sheba Medical Center, outside Tel Aviv, with 150 medical personnel who received a booster dose in August receiving a fourth shot of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The staff receiving additional dose were tested and found to have low antibody levels.

The trial came as Israeli officials have considered rolling out a second tranche of booster shots to its population as country grapples with rising infections with new omicron variant. Prof Jacob Lavee, former director of heart transplant unit at Sheba, said "hopefully, we'll be able to show here… that this fourth booster really provides protection against omicron, which is highly needed." Israel rolled out a world-leading vaccination campaign early this year. Just over 4.2 million of Israel's 9.3 million people have received a third dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

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