An Israeli study reveals possible new side effects of the Corona vaccine

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A new Israeli study concluded that the risk of contracting herpes zoster (HZ) infection after vaccination against the Coronavirus in people with autoimmune rheumatic diseases (AIIRD) increases.

Shingles is a viral disease that causes a painful rash to form on the human body, and its complications may lead to nerve damage.

These results came in conjunction with Israel’s announcement, on Monday, that it had signed an agreement with Pfizer to purchase millions of additional doses of the Coronavirus vaccine for the year 2022.

The study, published this month by researchers from the “Tel Aviv Suraki” Medical Center and the “Carmel” Medical Center in Haifa, found that 6 out of 491 patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases studied, contracted herpes zoster infection after receiving the vaccine. Coronavirus

In a statement to the newspaper “The Jerusalem Post“We cannot say that the vaccine is the cause at this stage,” said the lead researcher in the study, Dr. Victoria Forer, but she added, “We can say that it may be a cause in some cases.”

Forer said that 5 of the six patients who had shingles were young and had mild cases of autoimmune diseases, which means they were not at increased risk of contracting the disease.

Shingles develops more often in people over the age of 50.

New doses

The Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Minister of Health, Yuli Edelstein, announced the signing of an agreement to buy vaccines from Pfizer, without the announcement mentioning the number of new doses.

But newspaper “The Jerusalem PostAn official in the Blue and White party was quoted as saying that Israel has agreed to purchase 9 million new doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Earlier this month, Pfizer stopped shipping of vaccines after Israel failed to sign a contract for additional doses.

In a video message, Netanyahu said: “I recently spoke with my friends, the CEOs of Pfizer and our Moderna. If there are no surprises, such as the emergence of variants of the Corona virus that vaccines cannot overcome, then we have signed the purchase of millions of additional Pfizer vaccines.”

No announcement has been made of the purchase of other vaccines from Moderna, but Netanyahu said that he also hopes to sign a contract with the American company in the near future.

Israel is leading the fastest vaccination campaign in the world using the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine, with 55 percent of the country’s population receiving the vaccine, of whom 5 million people received the two doses.

Israel eased the restrictions imposed due to the repercussions of the epidemic, and it also allowed not to wear face masks in public places, after the number of HIV infections decreased.





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