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∑ Israel is offering a third Pfizer shot amid spiking cases, even as the U.S. says itís not yet needed
∑ COVID-19: 60% of people being admitted to hospital with coronavirus have been double-jabbed, says Vallance (UK)
∑ Pfizer, BioNTech to seek authorization for COVID booster shot as Delta variant spreads
∑ Pfizer says it's time for a Covid booster; FDA and CDC say not so fast
Israel is offering a third Pfizer shot amid spiking cases, even as the U.S. says itís not yet needed
o Israelís health ministry this week said that the booster will be offered to adults considered to be at risk, and specifically mentioned people with severe immunodeficiency or who have recently undergone an organ transplant.
o It was not immediately clear whether the booster shot would also be made available to Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied territory.
Natasha Turak, CNBC
Jul 13, 2021
Israel will allow adults with severe pre-existing medical conditions to receive a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19, making it the first country in the world to do so.
The Israeli governmentís decision comes as coronavirus infections rise due to the spread of the delta variant, but also stands in contrast to a recent statement from top U.S. health authorities regarding its own citizens that a booster shot isnít actually needed.
Israelís health ministry this week said that the booster will be offered to adults considered to be at risk, and specifically mentioned people with severe immunodeficiency or who have recently undergone an organ transplant.
It was not immediately clear whether the booster shot would also be made available to Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied territory.
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COVID-19: 60% of people being admitted to hospital with coronavirus have been double-jabbed, says Vallance
It comes as figures show most regions of England now have more coronavirus patients in hospital than at any point since mid-March.
Sky News (UK)
19 July 2021
Sixty percent of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the government's chief scientific adviser.
Speaking at a Downing Street news briefing, Sir Patrick Vallance said: "In terms of the number of people in hospital who've been double-vaccinated, we know it's around 60% of the people being admitted to hospital with COVID.
"We do expect there to be over 1,000 people per day being hospitalised with coronavirus because of the increase in infections.
"But the rates should be lower than they have been previously because of the protective effects of vaccination."
He said this was not surprising "because the vaccines are not 100% effective".
"They're very, very effective, but not 100%, and as a higher proportion of the population is double-vaccinated, it's inevitable that those 10% of that very large number remain at risk, and therefore will be amongst the people who both catch the infection and end up in hospital."
Meanwhile, most regions of England now have more coronavirus patients in hospital than at any point since mid-March...
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Pfizer, BioNTech to seek authorization for COVID booster shot as Delta variant spreads
o To request approval for 3rd shot from FDA, EU's watchdog
o FDA, CDC say two-shot regimen is sufficient for now
o Some erosion of vaccine's efficacy over time has been observed
Michael Erman and Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
Jul 9, 2021
NEW YORK, July 9 (Reuters) - Pfizer (PFE.N) and partner BioNTech (22UAy.DE) plan to ask U.S. and European regulators within weeks to authorize a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, based on evidence of greater risk of infection six months after inoculation and the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, however, in a joint statement that Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster COVID-19 shot at this time.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it was too early to determine whether more than the two shots that are currently required would be called for, saying it was confident for now that the established regimen was sufficient.
Some scientists have also questioned the need for booster shots.
Pfizer's chief scientific officer, Mikael Dolsten, said the recently reported dip in the vaccine's effectiveness in Israel was mostly due to infections in people who had been vaccinated in January or February. The country's health ministry said vaccine effectiveness in preventing both infection and symptomatic disease fell to 64% in June...
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Pfizer says it's time for a Covid booster; FDA and CDC say not so fast
By Maggie Fox, CNN
July 9, 2021
(CNN)Drugmaker Pfizer said Thursday it is seeing waning immunity from its coronavirus vaccine and says it is picking up its efforts to develop a booster dose that will protect people from variants.
Pfizer said it would soon publish data about a third dose of vaccine and submit it to the US Food and Drug Administration, European Medicines Agency and other regulators. The company specified it would seek FDA emergency use authorization for a booster dose in August.
But in an unusual move, two top federal agencies said Americans don't need boosters yet and said it was not up to companies alone to decide when they might be needed.
Hours after Pfizer issued its statement, the FDA and Centers for Disease and Control issued a joint statement saying Americans do not need booster shots yet.
"Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time," they said.
In a statement to CNN on Friday, the World Health Organization said...