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Israeli hospital aims to start study on effectiveness of fourth COVID-19 vaccine, report says

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Israeli hospital aims to start study on effectiveness of fourth COVID-19 vaccine, report says

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A hospital in Israel is expected to administer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine to 150 health workers on Monday to see how effective and safe another vaccine could be as cases continue to rise, according to a report.

Bloomberg said Sheba Medical Center, located near Tel Aviv, will conduct the study in conjunction with the country’s health ministry. Participating workers should have received their recalls no later than August 20.

Staff volunteers line up to receive a fourth dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv on December 27, 2021. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP via Getty Images)
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Study director Gili Regev-Yochay said in a statement obtained by Reuters that the researchers will examine the effect of the additional dose on “the level of antibodies and morbidity and we will assess its safety.”

“We will understand if it is worth giving a fourth injection, and to whom,” she said.

Israeli hospital aims to start study on effectiveness of fourth COVID-19 vaccine, report says

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A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine on the second day of a nationwide lockdown to fight the surge in coronavirus infections, in Vienna, Austria, November 23, 2021.
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Dr Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, told “Fox News Sunday” he was skeptical that Americans need a fourth jab.

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“Part of the question is – that we have to ask ourselves – is what we are trying to do,” he said. “Are we trying to block every infection – maybe that’s our goal and if that’s our goal, maybe yes, we need a fourth shot, or are we just trying to prevent serious illness? or death, which of course should be our main focus, ”he said.

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