Infections rise: Israel fears fifth corona wave – Coronavirus Vienna

25.11.2021 12:07

(Akt. 25.11.2021 12:08)

In Israel, the number of cases has recently increased again.

Only after the fourth corona wave has been overcome, the number of new infections in Israel is already rising again. Experts explain this, among other things, with the decrease in immunity if the second vaccination was more than six months ago.

According to the national Corona Commissioner Salmans Sarka, Israel is at the beginning of a new wave of infections. From the point of view of the experts, the recent increase in the number of new infections comes “too early and too quickly,” the radio reported on Thursday.

Declining immunity six months after a second vaccination is a possible reason

The fourth wave was already over in the country, but most recently the Ministry of Health recorded a slight increase in the number of cases and the R-value, which reflects the infection rate.

Experts explain this, according to the report, among other things with the falling immunity of more than a million Israelis who received their second vaccination dose more than six months ago. At the end of July, Israel was the first country in the world to start a booster campaign with the vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer. Five months after the second vaccination, Israelis have since received a booster vaccination. Vaccination for children aged five to eleven also began this week.

Booster vaccinations reduced new infections

In September, Israel was at the height of the pandemic to date, with more than 11,000 new cases a day. With the help of booster vaccinations, it was initially possible to reduce the number of infections to an average of 400 per day.

Of 9.4 million Israeli citizens, around 43 percent have now been vaccinated three times. Almost two thirds received at least two syringes.


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