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Israel COVID resurgence offers lessons in adaptation for Asia

Other well-vaccinated nations like Singapore watch as booster debate heats up

A health worker conducts drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Petah Tikva, Israel. The country has seen cases return to record highs.   © Reuters

TOKYO/SINGAPORE -- Israel's recent surge in coronavirus infections despite a standout vaccination campaign has raised fears of a never-ending battle. But experts in the Middle Eastern state as well as Asia paint a nuanced picture of the Israeli experience, drawing lessons and even glimmers of hope about learning to live with COVID-19.

Likely to be watching Israel's outcomes closely are Asian countries such as Singapore, which late last month announced an 80% vaccination rate and where cases are also on the rise, albeit modestly by global standards. The city has mapped out a policy to treat the virus as an endemic disease.

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