Israel approves 4th COVID-19 vaccine shot for people over 60

Israel has approved a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose for people over 60 years old and medical staff, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday.

In a televised press conference, Bennett said that the fourth dose of the vaccine, developed by Pfizer, was approved by the country’s Health Ministry for people over 60 and medical personnel who received the third dose at least four months ago, Xinhua reported.

He said that the additional booster would provide Israelis “a new layer of defense.”

Bennett urged the elders to get the booster shot, warning that Israel is on the verge of another surge in morbidity due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

The country is likely “to see as many as 50,000 new coronavirus cases,” Bennett said.

On Thursday, Israel approved the fourth vaccine shot for immune-compromised people and the elderly living in care homes, becoming one of the first countries to offer that booster.

Some 70 percent of Israel’s 9.45 million population have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 45 percent of the Israelis have received all three doses, according to figures issued on Sunday by the Health Ministry.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kyrgyzstan logs 41 new COVID-19 cases

Kyrgyzstan confirmed 41 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking its total to 184,827.

The Republican Headquarters for Combating COVID-19 said that an additional 44 individuals had fully recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 179,947, while 1 patients died, pushing the death toll to 2,805.

270 others are currently receiving treatment in hospitals and 319 receiving treatment at home.

The country has conducted 1,831 coronavirus tests over the past day.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kazakhstan increases export of wheat

Kazakhstan exported 4.02 million tons of wheat from January through September 2021, which is by 18.1 percent more than in the same period of last year, Trend reports citing Kazakhstan’s statistics.

According to the statistics, Kazakhstan exported 430,819 tons of wheat in September 2021, which is by 17.8 percent less than in the same month of last year and by nine percent more than in August 2021.

Kazakhstan exported 48,856 tons of corn from January through September 2021 while 1,434 tons in September 2021, which is by 90.3 times and 4.8 percent less than from January through September 2020 and September 2020, respectively.

Moreover, Kazakhstan exported 30,569 tons of barley in September 2021, by 58.3 percent less compared to the same month of 2020. Some 710,430 tons of barley were exported during the first nine months of 2021, which is by 4.8 percent more than in the same period of last year.

According to the statistics, Kazakhstan exported 2,490 tons of rye in September 2021 and 5,654 tons from January through September 2021, which is by 3.7 times and 2.3 times more than in the same period of 2020, respectively.

Thus, Kazakhstan exported 1,016 tons of oats and 4,488 tons of buckwheat from January through September 2021. These crops were not exported in September 2021.

Kazakhstan exported 6,559 tons of rice in September 2021 and 78,044 tons from January through September 2021, which is by 5.1 percent and 3.9 percent more than in the same period of last year, respectively.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency