Ministry confirms Israeli variant, says it’s no big deal

The Health Ministry has released a statement confirming the existence of an Israeli variant, but downplaying its significance.

The variant “has no clinical or epidemiological significance, and is not connected to or a cause for widespread infection or severe illness nor does it have any effect on vaccine effectiveness.”

The statement says the variant was first seen in July but has since pretty much fallen off the map.

Not so the British variant, however, which was found in 90% of samples sequenced here, the ministry says.





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