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Israel plans 3rd booster shots, U.S. hospitals overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients, new variant emerges in South Africa Updated: 2021-09-01 13:38:41 KST

Israel presses on with booster shots as the country's daily Covid-19 cases creep upward.
After seeing fewer than one hundred daily cases back in May and June, Israel saw more than 10-thousand cases on Tuesday, and numbers spiked at 12-thousand in late August.
But due to the country's high vaccination rates recorded deaths are staying relatively low.
And now the country is pacing forward with its booster shot campaign, as it looks to avoid another lockdown.
Israel on Sunday approved a third Covid-19 jab to everyone aged 12 or above.

"We believe that if enough people will get the vaccine against COVID, from all the wide range of ages, we will handle this fourth wave, and we can get the country back to the routine we knew before the delta wave began."

"I wanted to get over with it as soon as possible, back to life and all, so there won't be another lockdown which is a bit worrying, more than the vaccine in my opinion."

Meanwhile, hospitals in the U.S. are running out of beds and oxygen.
ICU beds in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Florida and Arkansas are almost at full capacity, with the U.S. Department of Health reporting that there are less than 10 pecrent of beds left.
And Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana are running low on oxygen supplies.
As the Delta variant spread across nations, scientists in South Africa have reported a new variant.
Named C.1.2, the variant was first detected in May and has now spread to other countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

"The exact threat from this variant, we don't really know yet many of the mutations we see in this C.1.2 are the same mutations we've seen in some of the other variants of concern, particularly the Beta and the Alpha and the Gamma."

Lessells says the pattern of mutations could make the C.1.2 variant more able to evade immune responses than the Delta variant.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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