Professor Nachman Ash: 'No value in masks when alone outside'

Coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash says he hopes to vaccinate teens 'within the next month or two.'

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Professor Nachman Ash
Professor Nachman Ash
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Coronavirus czar Professor Nachman Ash on Thursday morning said he hopes he will be able to push the elimination of the requirement to wear a mask when outside.

In an interview with Reshet Bet, Prof. Ash said: "After the holiday, we will discuss eliminating [the requirement for] masks. I hope it will be possible to do this. Outside, in the open air, when you are alone and not with a group, I don't think there is a value in masks."

Responding to the news that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is effective for ages 12-15, Prof. Ash said that he "very much hopes that within a month or two we will begin vaccinating those ages 12 and up."

He added that there is great importance in approving the budget to purchase vaccines for the next two years, in order to ensure Israel is a higher priority with regards to purchasing the next rounds of the vaccine.

When asked how many students must be vaccinated in order to allow classes to learn as usual, without capsules, Prof. Ash said: "In grades 11-12 as well, we can expand what we decided: We decided over 90% and we are now examining lowering that percentage so that more classes can learn as usual, without capsules."



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