Given Israel is one of the most vaccinated places on the planet, TrialSite closely follows the growing number of cases, including breakthrough infections (that is vaccinated individuals that still get infected with SARS-CoV-2) as the total number of new and serious cases continue to rise in Israel. Fueled by not only the Delta variant but also what’s known as Delta “plus,” authorities in this Mediterranean nation are now working diligently to introduce a third vaccination dose to overcome what’s considered a looming crisis.

With a four-month record of new SARS-CoV-2 infections, the number of serious cases is also problematically on the rise. While the consensus here is that the vaccinated, in fact, are more protected—and the recent data also could indicate the timing of who was vaccinated first, the conditions on the ground are concerning. The Health Ministry here recorded 2,112 new COVID-19 cases, leaving 138 people in what’s described as “serious condition.” 26 people needed ventilators while 34 were classified in “critical condition.” A total of 238 COVID-19 patients required hospitalization.

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