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Israel sees waning coronavirus vaccine effectiveness

An Israeli woman receives a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021.
An Israeli woman receives a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021.Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press

Half of the infections in Israel now are among the fully vaccinated, and public health officials are beginning to see signs of more serious disease among them, said Sharon Alroy-Preis, the nation’s Director of Public Health Services.

She said that infections for people vaccinated in January are double those vaccinated in March, an apparent decrease in effectiveness over time that has led Israel to begin booster shots. She said infections were particularly problematic for people 60 and older.

“It’s not just the fact that we’re seeing more disease, but they’re getting to severe and critical conditions,” she said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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