Pfizer: Vaccine works against Delta strain

Data shows that the efficacy of the Pfizer Inc. /BioNTech SE coronavirus vaccine is about 90% successful against contagion of the Delta variant (from India), while providing around 95% protection from…

Delta variant reaches Israel

Israel is now recommending that all 12-15 year-olds be vaccinated against COVID-19, citing new outbreaks attributed to the more infectious Delta variant. Israel expanded vaccine eligibility to include adolescents last…

Israel to vaccinate 12 to 16-year-olds

The Israeli Health Ministry will begin inoculating children aged 12-16 with the COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement follows lengthy consultations between the Coronavirus Cabinet and health experts in recent weeks. "The…

Israel signs new deal with Pfizer

Israel has secured another agreement to acquire millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations from Pfizer, following major efforts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein. According to…

Israel ends outdoor mask order

Israel has dropped its mask requirement for outdoor spaces and fully reopened all schools, as the nation edges nearer to total immunization of its adult population against the coronavirus. Around…

1000s attend Passover blessing

Thousands of Jewish congregants gathered at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem today and yesterday, to  participate in the Priestly Blessing ceremony. The benediction is conducted the…

OPEC output tight amid COVID lockdowns

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is preparing to assess its current policy of holding back millions of barrels of daily supply as the third wave of the…

Will Netanyahu meet Saudi leader in UAE?

Speculation had been rising whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would meet Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a visit to the United Arab Emirates…

Netanyahu: COVID curbs almost over

Israel has almost emerged from its coronavirus closures, announced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as many venues reopened under an exit plan fueled by the nation’s fast-paced vaccination campaign. “Restaurants are…

Masks & Costumes: Purim 2021

Israelis today donned costumes for the Purim holiday, this year with the required addition of face masks amid coronavirus fears. Purim, which is marked between yesterday and this coming Sunday…