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Education Minister: 'Health Ministry is creating chaos'

Education Min. Shasha-Biton slams Health Ministry chaos, promises she 'won't allow' education system to be 'dragged into bedlam.'

Education Minister: 'Health Ministry is creating chaos'

Health Ministry data:

Antigen tests miss many positive COVID cases

Ministry data indicate antigen tests miss 50% of cases found to be positive by PCR test.

Antigen tests miss many positive COVID cases

New anti-COVID drug to arrive in Israel within days

FDA granted emergency-use authorization to Molnupiravir just last week. Drug acts by introducing errors into Covid-19's genetic code.

New anti-COVID drug to arrive in Israel within days

4th dose approved

Health Min. okays fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose in nursing homes

Health Ministry approves fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for those elderly who are in institutions, as well as institution employees.

Health Min. okays fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose in nursing homes

Health Minister: We're not locking down over Omicron

Health Ministry holds press conference on spread of Omicron variant. 4th vaccine dose approved for immunosuppressed people

Health Minister: We're not locking down over Omicron

COVID booster shots to be given after 3 months instead of 6

Health Ministry halves time between 2nd and 3rd doses of COVID vaccine.

COVID booster shots to be given after 3 months instead of 6

Health Ministry mulling quarantine changes for vaccinated

Ministry of Health discussing changing the quarantine plan for vaccinated people who have been exposed to Omicron carriers.

Health Ministry mulling quarantine changes for vaccinated

Health Ministry approves Pfizer COVID-19 pill

Health Ministry and Pfizer have signed an agreement for Israel to purchase the drug, Paxlovid.

Health Ministry approves Pfizer COVID-19 pill

Israel's list of 'red countries' updated

Ireland, Norway, Spain, Finland, France, Sweden and UAE to be added to list of "red countries" as of Sunday night.

Israel's list of 'red countries' updated

Bennett, Health Min. stop Shabak tracking of Omicron carriers

Shabak to end GPS tracking of suspected Omicron carriers at midnight on Thursday. Health Minister explains use was meant to be temporary.

Bennett, Health Min. stop Shabak tracking of Omicron carriers

Health Min. loophole may have given thousands illegal Green Pass

Those who recovered from or were immunized against COVID-19 while abroad will no longer be able to receive Green Pass automatically.

Health Min. loophole may have given thousands illegal Green Pass

Health Min.: Less than 200 hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Coronavirus czar promises: Decision on vaccinating children who recovered from coronavirus will be announced next week.

Health Min.: Less than 200 hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Health Ministry chief approves children's vaccines

Prof. Nachman Ash accepts recommendation of Ministry of Health expert teams to vaccinate children aged 5-11 against COVID-19.

Health Ministry chief approves children's vaccines

Expert: 'Children at greater risk from COVID than from vaccine'

Ahead of decision on vaccine approval, head of Israel's Pediatric Association tells why he supports coronavirus vaccines for children 5-11.

Expert: 'Children at greater risk from COVID than from vaccine'

Bennett, Health Min. cancel all restrictions on open gatherings

More COVID restrictions to be lifted, including reduced need for Green Passes at certain indoor gatherings.

Bennett, Health Min. cancel all restrictions on open gatherings

Vote on children's vaccines won't be broadcast live

Ministry of Health fears threats against committee members and has therefore decided not to allow the public to watch the vote.

Vote on children's vaccines won't be broadcast live

Report: Ministry of Health contacted Pfizer regarding COVID pill

Health Ministry professionals have reportedly asked Pfizer for information about its coronavirus pill.

Report: Ministry of Health contacted Pfizer regarding COVID pill

Health Ministry Director General receives security detail

Police increase security around Prof. Nachman Ash amid threats against top health officials.

Health Ministry Director General receives security detail

Health Min. to hold public meeting on vaccinating children 5-11

Live broadcast will include experts' answers to questions submitted by the public. A final decision will be made next week.

Health Min. to hold public meeting on vaccinating children 5-11

Health Ministry: New COVID-19 variant is not vaccine-resistant

Israel's Health Min. informs PM Bennett: A.30 coronavirus variant is not resistant to vaccines.

Health Ministry: New COVID-19 variant is not vaccine-resistant

Children's vaccines could arrive in Israel by November 15

Ministry of Health team on pandemic handling will meet on Thursday to discuss vaccines for children aged 5-11 following the FDA's approval.

Children's vaccines could arrive in Israel by November 15

Thursday: Live broadcast on vaccinating children, open to public

Public can send questions to top Health Ministry experts, and tune in to hear the answers.

Thursday: Live broadcast on vaccinating children, open to public

Health Ministry officials against recognition of Sputnik vaccine

'Since when is a serological test a sign that a person was vaccinated?' top specialist queries.

Health Ministry officials against recognition of Sputnik vaccine

Husband of top health official: 'Concrete threats to her life'

Dr. Meir Preis, husband of Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, turns to police after she receives 'concrete threats' to her life.

Husband of top health official: 'Concrete threats to her life'

Bennett orders updated tourism outline amid new COVID-19 variant

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds consultation on the new AY4.2 variant, a few cases of which have been found in Israel.

Bennett orders updated tourism outline amid new COVID-19 variant

Health Min.: AstraZeneca distribution to begin this week

Israel's Health Ministry informs HMOs: Distribution of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine begins this week.

Health Min.: AstraZeneca distribution to begin this week

Relief for children who had COVID-19 in the past six months

Children who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months will not be required to undergo antigen test before returning to school.

Relief for children who had COVID-19 in the past six months

A year after FDA approval, anti-COVID drug available in Israel

Multiple studies show Regeneron significantly lowers COVID mortality. Health Ministry now making drug available to high-risk patients.

A year after FDA approval, anti-COVID drug available in Israel

Health Min: 8,691 new COVID cases diagnosed in last day

172,530 COVID tests performed in last day. 710 patients in serious condition, death toll rises to 7,567.

Health Min: 8,691 new COVID cases diagnosed in last day

A Green Pass to Europe:

Israel, European Union, agree to recognize vaccine certificates

New agreement will allow vaccinated Israelis to access European Green Pass, allowing access to restaurants, cultural centers, and more.

Israel, European Union, agree to recognize vaccine certificates

Report: Health Ministry fears rise of COVID 'infection parties'

Phenomenon of parents trying to get their children infected with COVID to secure them Green Passports raises concerns among health experts.

Report: Health Ministry fears rise of COVID 'infection parties'

Health Min: Prayers should be led by people with booster shot

Health Ministry recommends only people who have received 3 vaccine doses lead Rosh Hashannah prayers or blow the shofar.

Health Min: Prayers should be led by people with booster shot

Operations postponed: Why is $2.5m robot-surgeon not being used?

Health Ministry refuses to authorize budget for robot's operation due to fears it will "increase the deficit."

Operations postponed: Why is $2.5m robot-surgeon not being used?

Health Ministry updates countries' COVID-19 classification

Classification of countries as it relates to COVID-19 will be updated as of August 31.

Health Ministry updates countries' COVID-19 classification

Health Ministry: Coronavirus restrictions apply within malls

Businesses in sectors required to adhere to new coronavirus restrictions must keep restrictions regardless of location, Health Min. says.

Health Ministry: Coronavirus restrictions apply within malls

'Previous lockdowns were justified but now they can be avoided'

Former Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health: A lockdown should only be imposed if we get to an extreme scenario.

'Previous lockdowns were justified but now they can be avoided'

Health Ministry to push quarantine for vaccinated adults

PM Bennett warns harsher restrictions may be on the way, as Health Ministry pushes return to full Green Pass protocol, limits on gatherings.

Health Ministry to push quarantine for vaccinated adults

Israeli health officials: Reason for concern

Director General of the Ministry of Health said morbidity continues to rise and additional restrictions are under consideration.

Israeli health officials: Reason for concern

New Taxes?

Israel's government approves first budget in 3 years

Health Ministry to receive huge increase in spending in 2021-2022 budget, after government failed to pass spending plan for three years.

Israel's government approves first budget in 3 years

Expert: Alpha variant may have caused number of deaths to double

'British variant causes illness 30-40% worse than the original virus,' says Health Ministry's Prof. Yaron Niv.

Expert: Alpha variant may have caused number of deaths to double

Health Ministry to begin offering third vaccine dose - next week

Health Ministry preparing to vaccinate elderly population with booster shot of coronavirus vaccine, report says.

Health Ministry to begin offering third vaccine dose - next week

Health Ministry chief: 'Green pass' won't make a difference

Director general of Ministry of Health to hospital directors: Additional measures to prevent COVID-19 spread will be taken.

Health Ministry chief: 'Green pass' won't make a difference

The Health Ministry glitch that caused COVID infections

Glitch causing notices telling people they no longer had to quarantine leads to carriers spreading COVID.

The Health Ministry glitch that caused COVID infections

Health Ministry chief: Don't travel abroad unless it's vital

Policies regarding travel & quarantine likely to change, warns Health Ministry director-general.

Health Ministry chief: Don't travel abroad unless it's vital

Do arrivals from abroad actually keep quarantine?

Health Ministry admits: Supervisors visited just 42% of those who were supposed to quarantine following arrival in Israel.

Do arrivals from abroad actually keep quarantine?

Prof. Ash: 'This is not the time to travel abroad'

Health Ministry director-general admits vaccines declining in efficacy: "We have yet to understand why."

Prof. Ash: 'This is not the time to travel abroad'

Health Minister: 'Enough playing pretend'

Health Min. Horowitz condemns criticism of Dr. Alroy-Preis as 'out of place,' says he backs Ministry professionals 'completely and totally.'

Health Minister: 'Enough playing pretend'

Health Ministry Director General: Holiday lockdown a possibility

Director General of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Nachman Ash, says a lockdown could be imposed during the high holidays.

Health Ministry Director General: Holiday lockdown a possibility

Data shows coronavirus vaccine reduces number of serious cases

Initial Health Ministry data shows percentage of serious cases reduced by nearly half.

Data shows coronavirus vaccine reduces number of serious cases

Health Ministry chief signs order shortening quarantine

Prof. Nachman Ash signs amendment that will make it possible to shorten the isolation to seven days subject to two negative tests.

Health Ministry chief signs order shortening quarantine

Does Israel have the authority to recognize sex change?

The 'Choosing Family' movement asked the Ministry of Health on what grounds it feels authorized to approve sex change in Israel.

Does Israel have the authority to recognize sex change?

Health Minister: COVID is here to stay

"Government is taking steps to allow us to live our daily lives with coronavirus in the background."

Health Minister: COVID is here to stay

Large discrepancies between COVID data from hospitals vs. govt

According to Health Ministry, there are 46 seriously ill patients in Israel's hospitals, but figures from hospitals themselves show just 27.

Large discrepancies between COVID data from hospitals vs. govt

Prof. Barbash: Half of serious COVID-19 cases fully vaccinated

Former director-general of Health Ministry: 'We need lockdown before it's too late.'

Prof. Barbash: Half of serious COVID-19 cases fully vaccinated

Ex-Health Ministry Chief:

'Too many unvaccinated people, vaccinate everyone'

'If we wouldn't have had the vaccine, this would have been a catastrophe,' says former Health Ministry director, Moshe Bar Siman Tov.

'Too many unvaccinated people, vaccinate everyone'

Health Ministry to allow Supreme Court to rule on surrogacy

Government admits no chance of amending Surrogacy Law, requests Supreme Court rule on the issue in its place.

Health Ministry to allow Supreme Court to rule on surrogacy

Health Ministry: Vaccine efficiency drops to 64%

Health Ministry tracking finds effectiveness of vaccine against infection drops to 64%, but effectiveness against hospitalization is 93%.

Health Ministry: Vaccine efficiency drops to 64%

Third vaccine dose planned for vulnerable populations

Studies show people with underlying health issues don't have sufficient immune response to provide protection.

Third vaccine dose planned for vulnerable populations

Health Ministry: We must return to 'green pass' system

Following spread of Indian variant of COVID, Israeli Health Ministry pushing for reinstating vaccine passport system.

Health Ministry: We must return to 'green pass' system

Coronavirus Czar tapped to lead Israel's Health Ministry

Nachman Ash, chief of Israel's COVID efforts, appointed to head Health Ministry after current chief, Hezi Levy, announces his resignation.

Coronavirus Czar tapped to lead Israel's Health Ministry