Friday, September 30

Third dose? The fourth is already a reality

Israel will offer a fourth inoculation of the Covid-19 vaccine while the rest of the world analyzes the suitability of the third dose.

The Israeli government wants people over 60 years old – or with compromised immune systems – and health workers to get vaccinated for a quarter. The campaign is part of a plan to boost inoculation and anticipate the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

A group of experts from the Health Ministry – whose findings have yet to be implemented – recommended on Tuesday that eligible people receive the fourth vaccine at least four months after receiving the third.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who has tried to get more Israelis to come for vaccines, hailed the panel’s statement as “great news that will help us overcome the omicron wave that is sweeping across the world. world”.

The panel further recommended that the time allotted between the second and third vaccines be reduced from five to three months.

These measures would be “part of the preparations for the fifth wave” of the pandemic, according to the statement of the panel, which did not present specific data behind the recommendations.

Market context // Shares of Pfizer and Moderna benefited on the stock exchange from new orders in the United States to supply the third dose. Also minor laboratories such as Rovi and Reig Jofre. Analysts expect booster inoculations to substantially increase pharmaceuticals’ turnover during 2022.