Health official: South African strain not believed to be in Israel

Health Ministry Deputy Director-General Itamar Grotto says the South African strain is not believed to have arrived in Israel.

“Based on our assessments, the South African mutation did not come to Israel,” he tells Army Radio.

Grotto’s comments come a day after another top health official, Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, expressed concern the existing vaccines may not protect recipients as effectively from the South African strain.