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Earlier this month, Israel shipped some 700,000 doses set to soon expire to South Korea, as part of a deal that will see Seoul send fresh vaccines in exchange later this year.

The expiration of the doses came a day after Israel began vaccinating people older than 60 with a third vaccine dose amid a resurgence in infections, with the number of serious cases topping 200 on Saturday for the first time since mid-April.

In an interview Saturday with Channel 12, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz defended Israel’s decision to become the first country to approve third vaccine shots for the elderly rather than waiting for US regulators, as it did before beginning to use coronavirus vaccines last year.

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