Corona's project manager, Prof. Salman Zarqa, was interviewed this morning (Wednesday) by Radio 103FM, and said that "consideration should be given to requiring vaccines against Corona in Israel."
However, Sage: "This is my position that does not currently reflect any activity in this area, neither in the Ministry of Health nor in the government."
Prof Salman referred to the approval of the FDA Expert Panel that recommended the drug giant Molnupiravir's coronary drug Merck, under a series of restrictions: "It is not really a perfect drug, but it is an important drug for patients who have background diseases and can get involved with coronary heart disease."
He also clarified that "the most important tool is the vaccines that we can protect ourselves and not need these drugs. But we need all the tools in this war."
"The most important tool is vaccines."
Prof. Zarqa updated that "there are constantly negotiations for the purchase of options.
Once they start marketing, I think Israeli citizens can be safe.
"As long as the drug is approved, this drug will also be in Israel."
Yesterday, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz addressed the fear of an outbreak of the Omicron variant, saying that according to the initial indications of the corona virus vaccine, whoever received the third vaccine dose (the "booster") - would also be protected against this strain.
Horowitz: "It seems that those who are vaccinated with a booster will be protected from the new variant" // Photo: Yaniv Zohar
"The situation is under control and there is no need to panic," Horowitz said at a press conference at Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva, where he toured alongside Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
"We were expecting a new variant to enter the country, we practiced it and we are ready. It is possible that another strain will arrive in the future, and we are ready for that too. ".
Horowitz added that there is no point in panicking the public about the variant: "We make all the decisions calmly, we have proven that we can be trusted to make the right decisions. The best thing to do is get vaccinated - even among children."
The minister also referred to the closure of Ben Gurion Airport, saying that the airport was not completely closed but only temporarily. We will return to the previous situation. "
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