Concern over multiple waves of COVID-19 infections

New Intelligence Ministry report warns it may take until 2022 for Israel to achieve herd immunity for coronavirus.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Taking protective measures against coronavirus
Taking protective measures against coronavirus

A new report by the Intelligence Ministry's Research Department warned that there may be a number of waves of coronavirus infections.

Yediot Aharonot summarized the report's main points, which include a recommendation that Israel prepare not only for a mass outbreak during a "second wave" but also for several periodic outbreaks.

This recommendation is based on the assumption that even if there is a coronavirus vaccine within the next year, it will be impossible to immunize the entire population until the middle or end of 2022.

Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen (Likud) is quoted in Yediot Aharonot as saying: "Preparation for a second wave of coronavirus, or for localized outbreaks, are inevitable until a vaccine is found."

"Preparing in the best way possible and implementing recommendations will ensure that we minimize the economic damage to the market and ]ensure] our ability to manage a routine in the shadow of coronavirus."