With early vaccination and outstanding data, country is the world’s real-life COVID-19 lab
“Now is a critical time,” Israeli Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz said as the 56-year-old got a COVID-19 booster shot on 13 August, the day his country became the first nation to offer a third dose of vaccine to people as young as age 50. “We’re in a race against the pandemic.”
His message was meant for his fellow Israelis, but it is a warning to the world. Israel has among the world’s highest levels of vaccination for COVID-19, with 78% of those 12 and older fully vaccinated, the vast majority with the Pfizer vaccine. Yet the country is now logging one of the world’s highest infection rates, with nearly 650 new cases daily per million people. More than half are in fully vaccinated people, underscoring the extraordinary transmissibility of the Delta variant and stoking concerns that the benefits of vaccination ebb over time.
Israel 365: On Sunday, a woman went out to collect tiny insects that once a year, produce the flame-colored dye that was used in the Temple. The time-consuming work produced a minuscule amount of dye but she is determined to continue moving forward towards bringing the Third Temple. “Come, let us reach an understanding, —says […]