News: Latest News
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance Pro.CalendarSectors 
All NewsEconomyCurrencies & ForexEconomic EventsCryptocurrenciesCybersecurityPress Releases

Fourth COVID vaccine shot raises resistance to serious illness for over-60s: Israel

01/23/2022 | 02:03pm EDT
FILE PHOTO: People receive the fourth dose of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine given to people over 60 in Israel made them three times more resistant to serious illness than thrice-vaccinated people in the same age group, Israel's Health Ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry also said the fourth dose, or second booster, made people over 60 twice as resistant to infection than those in the age group who received three shots of the vaccine.

A preliminary study published by Israel's Sheba medical centre last Monday found that the fourth shot increases antibodies to even higher levels than the third but "probably" not to the point that it could completely fend off the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Israel began offering a fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to people over 60 earlier this month as Omicron swept the country.

The ministry said on Sunday the study it conducted with several major Israeli universities and the Sheba centre compared 400,000 people over 60 who received the second booster with 600,000 people in the age group who were given a third shot more than four months ago.

As elsewhere, Israel has seen COVID-19 cases spiral due to Omicron. But it has logged no deaths from the variant.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Frances Kerry)


ę Reuters 2022
Latest news "Economy & Forex"
06:12aIllegally jailed at the Bronx Zoo? Court to weigh Happy the Elephant's rights
RE
06:11aLowe's posts bigger-than-expected drop in same-store sales
RE
06:11aROYAL WARDROBE : a look at Queen Elizabeth's unique fashion style
RE
06:11aChina moves another 2 mln bbls of Iranian oil into reserve tanks - Vortexa
RE
06:08aSUBURBS VS DOWNTOWN : Toronto's mixed housing market may signal coming trend
RE
06:08aTwo Trump-backed candidates win U.S. election primaries, but two fall short
RE
06:08aAir France-KLM agrees cargo deal with French shipping firm CMA CGM
RE
06:07aBritish pub groups face rising costs from Ukraine war
RE
06:05aHindu groups file fresh petitions to stop Muslims from entering historic Indian mosque
RE
06:04aAnalysis-Elon Musk can't easily give Twitter the boot over bots
RE
Latest news "Economy & Forex"