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Two doctors infected with Omicron COVID variant; confirmed cases in Israel hit 4

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Two doctors tested positive for the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the Sheba Medical Center announced Tuesday, doubling the number of known cases of the new virus strain in Israel.

Both of the doctors work at the hospital outside of Tel Aviv and one of them had recently returned from a conference in London. That doctor then came in close contact with their colleague, likely infecting them, Sheba said, noting that both had received three doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and were only experiencing mild symptoms.

This comes despite Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz saying that early data indicates those who have three doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine are well protected against the new Omicron variant.

In comments made while visiting the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, Horowitz urged Israelis not to panic about the new variant, which caused Israel to shut its borders to foreigners and reinstate quarantine measures for vaccinated travelers.

“The situation is under control, there is no need for panic,” said Horowitz. “We expected a new variant, and we’re ready… in the next few days we will have more precise information about the vaccine’s effectiveness, but early indications show that those who have a booster are most likely protected against this variant.”

Horowitz said........

© The Times of Israel

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