After encouraging those above 60 and medical workers to get the 4th vaccine shot this week, Israeli scientists have discovered that the 2nd booster jab in multiplying antibodies up to fivefold- thus giving solid protection against the raging coronavirus.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday, citing preliminary findings of an Israeli study that the fivefold increase in antibodies indicates that the vaccine works and provides protection against serious complications. In addition, the new booster appears to have a safety profile similar to the previous ones.
“The State of Israel not only protects its own people and its own citizens, but the State of Israel is truly at the forefront of research on the issue of COVID-19, ‘For out of Zion shall the Torah come forth,’” Bennett said on a visit to Sheba Medical Center on Tuesday. “For out of Sheba shall the Torah come forth. From here, we are studying the data and giving it to the whole world and through your dedicated work saving lives, no less.”
Soon after Bennett’s Sunday announcement regarding the 4th shot, more than 100,000 people either received or booked getting the new vaccine on Monday, which marked the first day of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the number of cases as well as deaths in Israel has continued to soar. As reported on Tuesday, there were 10,720 new coronavirus cases on Monday, an increase of more than 4,000 infections over the previous day. The figure is nearing the country’s all-time daily record of 11,333, recorded on September 2, and is expected to surpass that within a day or two.