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Two Israeli doctors at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv have become infected with the highly contagious COVID-19 variant, Omicron, identified last month in South Africa.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed Tuesday the new variant was detected in two doctors, including one who returned last week from a conference in London.

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Both doctors were fully inoculated with two doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine plus a third, booster shot.

So far the two physicians are experiencing “mild” symptoms, the hospital said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.