MISE & Agrave; DAY
Jerusalemini | The Health Ministry announced on Friday the first case in Israel of the new variant of COVID-19 detected first in South Africa and which has the potential for very rapid spread, according to scientists. & nbsp;
“The variant discovered in southern African states has been detected in Israel. This is a person who has returned from Malawi, “the Ministry of Health said in a statement saying it fears” two additional cases of people returned from abroad “and placed in confinement.
These three people were vaccinated against COVID-19, the ministry said without indicating the number of doses or the type of vaccine.
In the wake of this announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett summoned to 11 a.m. local (9 a.m. GMT) a meeting with public health officials and his government to take stock of the health situation.
On the night of Thursday to Friday, Israel placed South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini on its health “red list” after the discovery of the new variant was announced. , first detected in South Africa.
Called for the moment B.1.1.529, this variant with multiple mutations is potentially very contagious, announced scientists in South Africa, seeing there the signs of a new wave of pandemic.
However, the latter do not yet know how effective the existing vaccines will be against this variant, the dangerousness of which is the subject of a meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.
L Hebrew state was one of the first countries to launch, in December 2020, a vast vaccination campaign thanks to an agreement with the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer which gave it rapid access to millions of paid doses in exchange large-scale vaccine effect data.
The campaign resulted in the double vaccination of more than 5.77 million of the estimated nine million Israelis, more than 80% of adults.
Authorities subsequently launched a campaign for the administration a booster dose, already granted to more than four million people. And the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 began this week, the government seeking, among other things, to curb new sources of contamination in schools. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;
“Immunize children protect them and their parents, ”said Naftali Bennett on Tuesday, who accompanied her 9-year-old son David to be vaccinated in Herzliya, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
The Israeli government had eased the burden on spring most of its containment measures and opened its borders to vaccinated foreign tourists in early November. The sanitary mask remains compulsory inside shops, as well as the sanitary pass to enter restaurants and bars. & Nbsp; & nbsp;