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PM set to approve 3rd vaccine for older Israelis after nod from expert panel

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is expected to announce his support for older Israelis to receive a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine after a government-appointed panel of health experts gave a nod to the trailblazing initiative on Wednesday evening.

The panel’s position will be presented to Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz during a Thursday morning meeting, after which the prime minister is expected to announce his backing for Israelis above the age of 60 to receive a third dose of the vaccine.

The vote by the panel was not unanimous, according to Hebrew media, but a majority supported booster shots for older Israelis, against the backdrop of a rising number of seriously ill patients in recent weeks.

The number of new seriously ill patients climbed from 20 on Monday to 33 on Tuesday to 41 on Wednesday. Health officials estimate that there will be 1,000 seriously ill patients in total by the end of August.

During the Wednesday night discussion, the panel was presented with a figure that showed the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing serious illness among those above the age of 60 who were vaccinated in........

© The Times of Israel

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