The Jewish Chronicle

Page turner for budding writers

- BY LEE HARPIN

BUDDING writers could get a chance to be mentored by the likes of Benjamin Markovitz or George Prochnik in a new scheme led by the Genesis Foundation and Jewish Book Week. A group of 10 writers aged over 18 could be offered bursaries of up to £1,500 as well as peer-support sessions. John Studzinski CBE, founder and chairman of the Genesis Foundation, said the initiative “goes to the heart of what we have been doing for two decades: supporting and nurturing creative and emerging talent”.

A FIRST dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is 85 per cent effective, a new study of Israeli health workers has revealed.

The research, published by The Lancet, appears to support the UK government’s decision to go ahead with a single-dose vaccine programme.

The research was conducted on more than 7,000 healthcare workers last month who were vaccinated at Israel’s Sheba Medical Centre.

It showed an 85 per cent reduction in symptomati­c disease between 15 and 28 days after the jab was given.

Overall infections, including among asymptomat­ic patients, were reduced by 75 per cent.

“This ground-breaking research supports the British government’s decision to begin inoculatin­g its citizens with a single dose of the vaccine,” Prof. Arnon Afek, Deputy Director General of Sheba Medical Centre said.

Professor Eyal Leshem, Director of Sheba Medical Centre’s Institute for Travel & Tropical Medicine added, “This is the first study assessing effectiven­ess of a single vaccine dose in real life conditions and shows early effectiven­ess, even before the second dose was administer­ed.”

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