Omicron ‘probably’ won’t be prevented by fourth vaccine jab, Israeli researcher says

Gili Regev-Yochay, an infectious disease expert at Sheba Medical Center, said the fourth jab increases antibodieseven a little bit higher than what we had after the third dose,” but the increase is likely not enough to prevent omicron, which is considered more transmissible than earlier variants, 路透社报道.

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In this aerial view, people wait in their cars to be tested for coronavirus at a drive-in testing site on January 6, 2022 in Petah Tikva, 以色列. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

In this aerial view, people wait in their cars to be tested for coronavirus at a drive-in testing site on January 6, 2022 in Petah Tikva, 以色列. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images) ( Amir Levy/Getty Images)

美国. has urged all those 12 and older to take a booster shot when eligible. 博士. 罗谢尔·瓦伦斯基, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said earlier this month that the booster dosewill provide optimized protection against COVID-19 and the omicron variant.

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我们. data earlier this month showed that symptomatic COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are between seven and 11 times higher in unvaccinated adolescents than vaccinated ones, 据美联社报道.

A man receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in central Israeli city of Modiin, 一月. 12, 2022. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua via Getty Images)

A man receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in central Israeli city of Modiin, 一月. 12, 2022. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua via Getty Images) (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Israel will still give its citizens the option to take the fourth jab despite the preliminary study, 路透社 已报告.

Nachman Ash, the health ministry director-general, told Army Radio that the country believes thatprotection from serious morbidity, especially for the elderly population and at-risk population, is still afforded by this vaccine (dose), and therefore I call on people to keep coming to get vaccinated.

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The Times of Israel 已报告 that the hospital where the study was conducted called for the country to continue thevaccination drive for risk groups at this time, even though the vaccine doesn’t provide optimal protection against getting infected with the variant.

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