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News and updates about Omicron

CDC approves COVID shots that target Omicron

CDC approves reformulated COVID-19 shots that target the latest Omicron subvariants.

CDC approves COVID shots that target Omicron

Pfizer seeks US approval of vaccine targeting Omicron

Pfizer submits application to FDA for an updated COVID-19 vaccine targeting the Omicron subvariant.

Pfizer seeks US approval of vaccine targeting Omicron

Britain authorizes Moderna's booster against Omicron

British regulators are the first in the world to authorize updated version of Moderna's vaccine that aims to protect against Omicron.

Britain authorizes Moderna's booster against Omicron

New research links COVID spike protein to heart damage

New generation of COVID vaccines may focus on T-cell response rather than spike protein encoding.

New research links COVID spike protein to heart damage

Moderna: COVID booster performed well against Omicron

Moderna says its new "bivalent" vaccine performed well against Omicron's latest subvariants.

Moderna: COVID booster performed well against Omicron

Study: Omicron has not eliminated Delta

The Omicron variant did not totally eliminate the Delta, and the Delta variant might return, Ben-Gurion University researchers warn.

Study: Omicron has not eliminated Delta

Two people infected with new 'mixed' Omicron subvariant

Health Ministry officials estimate new variant will not cause outbreak, Israel not at start of sixth wave.

Two people infected with new 'mixed' Omicron subvariant

Health Min. official: 'Drop in number of coronavirus cases slowing, but still a drop'

New subvariant is not Deltacron, but a mix of the two Omicron strains, Health Min.'s Prof. Nachman Ash says.

'Drop in number of coronavirus cases slowing, but still a drop'

Health Min. official 'disturbed' by spreading Omicron subvariant

'Coronavirus is not really over, there are around thousands of new cases,' Health Min.'s Prof. Nachman Ash says.

Health Min. official 'disturbed' by spreading Omicron subvariant

Infant girl becomes Hong Kong's youngest COVID-19 victim

Eleven-month-old girl had good past health, was in stable condition until one day before her death.

Infant girl becomes Hong Kong's youngest COVID-19 victim

Health Min. official: 'Omicron wave isn't over, numbers still higher than other waves'

Prof. Nachman Ash, Health Min. Director General, warns, 'Omicron causes mild illness, but number of serious cases is high.'

'Omicron wave isn't over, numbers still higher than other waves'

Omicron numbers still high: 17,658 new cases

Over 770 COVID-19 patients in serious condition, as 30.2% of COVID-19 tests come back positive.

Omicron numbers still high: 17,658 new cases

BioNTech CEO: World is 'better prepared' to deal with future variants

Head of BioNTech: The virus will mutate further, but the world has a better understanding on how to deal with it.

'World is better prepared to deal with future variants'

Bennett: Omicron wave is breaking

PM says his government's polices protected citizens from COVID while ensuring record economic growth, green pass ending.

Bennett: Omicron wave is breaking

PM Bennett: Omicron wave is breaking

Israeli Prime Minister Bennett convenes discussion on easing coronavirus restrictions, says Israel is the fastest-growing economy.

PM Bennett: Omicron wave is breaking

Mild illness? Omicron causing more neurological issues than previous variants

Many who recovered from Omicron experience extreme weakness, loss of consciousness, and even a comatose state, doctors say.

Omicron causing more neurological issues than previous variants

Moderna CEO: Omicron-specific booster could be ready by August

CEO of Moderna says firm is still gathering clinical data on Omicron-specific booster.

'Omicron-specific booster could be ready by August'

Report: Tourists, children, soon to be allowed into Israel

PM Bennett planning to allow foreign children to enter Israel, eliminate Green Pass for events, conferences.

Report: Tourists, children, soon to be allowed into Israel

Will decline of Omicron wave lead to return of PCR tests?

With case numbers declining, speculation has begun that home antigen tests may be replaced by PCR testing sites again.

Will decline of Omicron wave lead to return of PCR tests?

Coronavirus czar: 'The more cases, the less optimal care will be'

Prof. Salman Zarka, coronavirus czar, says Israel has 700 cases of BA.2 variant, recommends home antigen tests before family gatherings.

'The more cases, the less optimal the care will be'

Netanyahu: There are vaccines but no government

Opposition leader blames government for large number of deaths and serious COVID cases during Omicron wave.

Netanyahu: There are vaccines but no government

The symptoms of the fifth wave: Colds, sore throats and headaches

HMOs say the symptoms that characterize fifth COVID wave are different from those of previous waves.

Colds, sore throats and headaches

Green Pass to expire at midnight for most venues

Only weddings, clubs, & parties to remain restricted as government admits failure of vaccination to prevent spread of Omicron COVID variant.

Green Pass to expire at midnight for most venues

Erdogan tests positive for COVID-19

Turkish President says he and his wife tested positive for COVID-19 and have mild symptoms.

Erdogan tests positive for COVID-19

Breakthrough COVID-19 infections offer improved immunity

Hybrid immunity resulting from infection and vaccination provides more effective protection than vaccination or infection alone.

Breakthrough COVID-19 infections offer improved immunity

Top WHO official: Europe is in a COVID-19 'ceasefire'

WHO Europe director says Europe could soon a "long period of tranquility" from COVID.

'Europe is in a COVID-19 ceasefire'

338 COVID-related deaths in one week

Number of new COVID cases continues to fall, marking decline of Omicron wave.

338 COVID-related deaths in one week

'80% of serious COVID cases are fully vaccinated' says Ichilov hospital director

Vaccine has "no significance regarding severe illness," says Prof. Jacob Giris.

'80% serious cases are fully vaccinated' says Ichilov director

Top doctor: 'We're not at the end of the wave, but I'm optimistic'

'To say peak of wave is behind us is like saying war is over when there are battles in north & south,' Hadassah's Prof. Dror Mevorach says.

'We're not at the end of the wave, but I'm optimistic'

Geriatric hospitals 'on brink of collapse' due to Omicron wave

Government COVID grants from 2020-1 have been stopped by the Finance Ministry, even though the crisis is far from over.

Geriatric hospitals 'on brink of collapse' due to Omicron wave

'Freezers for dead are full around Israel'

As Israel's death rates rise, burial societies struggle to keep up.

'Freezers for dead are full around Israel'

Fewer seriously ill patients, deaths, and new COVID cases

Infection coefficient continues to decline, suggesting Omicron wave may be past its peak, with number of deaths also appearing to fall.

Fewer seriously ill patients, deaths, and new COVID cases

New BA.2 subvariant may be more infectious than Omicron

'Around 10% of COVID-19 tests sequenced are the BA.2 variant,' Health Min. Director General says.

New BA.2 subvariant may be more infectious than Omicron

Over 500 dead from COVID-19 in January: 'This was preventable'

'There was & still is a policy of mass infection, there will be excess mortality which could have been prevented,' Hebrew U. professor says.

Over 500 dead from COVID-19 in January: 'This was preventable'

First cases of Omicron patients reinfected with BA2 strain

New, even more infectious strain of Omicron variant found among Israelis who already recovered from Omicron infection.

First cases of Omicron patients reinfected with BA2 strain

Bennett: A difficult week-and-a-half ahead

PM at COVID Cabinet meeting says govt. not rushing to lockdowns as if COVID was the end of the world, but not complacent either.

Bennett: A difficult week-and-a-half ahead

Prof. Salman Zarka: Between 100-200 Israeli children expected to develop PIMS

'Still too early to compare PIMS after Omicron versus after Delta, but PIMS doesn't happen after vaccine,' coronavirus czar says.

Between 100-200 Israeli children expected to develop PIMS

Pfizer to ask FDA to approve vaccine for children 0-5

Pfizer, BioNTech, expected to request emergency use authorization for 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series for children 6 months to 5 years.

Pfizer to ask FDA to approve vaccine for children 0-5

Report: Increase in complications for children recovered from Omicron

Number of severe COVID-19 cases has not yet peaked, but reports of Omicron's neurological side effects are becoming more common.

Increase in complications for children recovered from Omicron

Education Ministry admits: 'No way of enforcing plan for testing instead of quarantine'

'State gave responsibility over to the public, those without have test kids must follow previous plan,' Ed. Min. Director General says.

Education Ministry admits: 'No way of enforcing plan'