Staying ahead in its mass-inoculation drive, Israel’s COVID Czar said Wednesday that the country has secured a delivery of second-generation coronavirus vaccines, updated to better battle new variants, and they are expected to be in clinics by the end of September.
Prof. Salman Zarka announced that a consignment of the new shots from Pfizer arrived in the country the previous day, and said they are expected to be available in clinics within two weeks or at least by the end of the month.
“The vaccines have already landed in Israel, and in the coming days they will be delivered to healthcare providers, and we’ll be able to get started and administer them,” Zarka said. He stated that they are “very very much recommended” for those at-risk and for medical professionals, adding that they will also be made available to the general public.
These latest vaccines from Pfizer are customized to Omicron but understood to also hold up well to subsequent variants that may arrive.
In his announcement on Wednesday, Zarka did not detail whether everyone will be given access to new shots at the same time, or whether priority groups such as the elderly will be given a head-start.