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Israel recommends third shot - ahead of Pfizer approval for emergency use

Israeli youth receive COVID-19 vaccine in Jerusalem, July 8, 2021. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz has already recommended that people with a compromised immune system get a third COVID shot. His decision comes ahead of approval for Pfizer’s request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization as a booster for protection against the delta variant.

The Israeli decision preempts the rest of the world.

In an interview with Channel 12, Nachman Ash – the former coronavirus commissioner now serving as director-general of the Health Ministry – said the world is “waiting to learn from us.”

He also said he was unsure whether Israel would be able to start the school year on time on Sept. 1, but it would definitely be with masks.

Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton said the Cabinet is reacting with “hysteria” and is doing nothing differently from the previous government.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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