With the UK’s approval of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, the latest approved vaccine, efforts to vaccinate billions of people worldwide are gaining momentum. Governments all over the world have set their sights on Israel, which is ambitiously vaccinating.
By the end of this week, this country of 9 million people is expected to vaccinate more than 10% of its population, which is much higher than the other two states, including the United Kingdom, which started vaccination nearly two weeks ago.
What is the timetable for Israel?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured the Israelis that if they cooperate, the country will become the first country to “freeze”
Health service providers have increased to 24/7 operation and are now receiving the first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at a rate of 150,000 people per day-almost 2% of the total population.
People over 60 years old, medical staff, nursing staff and high-risk groups are valued. Local media reported on the deal with Pfizer and Moderna, which will purchase several million more doses in early 2021, which will be essential to speed up the pace.
How does Israel carry out the fastest vaccination campaign in the world?
Israel is relatively small in terms of geography and population, so it has some natural advantages.
Nevertheless, many other countries also have these characteristics. Israel’s initial success is also attributable to its medical system, which was highly digitalized before Israel was founded. Everyone over the age of 18 is obligated to register with an insurance agency linked to the government, and military doctors have been enlisted to help.
At the same time, the government launched a fierce campaign against misinformation against Vax. The Ministry of Justice successfully petitioned Facebook to delete four organizations that published “contents designed to mislead the coronavirus vaccine.”
Officials also encouraged citizens to hang the prospect of a green “green passport,” a document that would allow vaccinated people to eat in restaurants, travel freely and be exempt from quarantine. However, because there is no evidence that vaccines will reduce transmission, this idea raises suspicion.
Does the launch have political significance?
Yes, a huge one. Netanyahu is scheduled to participate in a competitive national election on March 23, which provides a huge impetus for the prime minister to restore Israel to some form of normalcy in the next three months, and then to do so. Notorious.
Earlier this month, after Pfizer released positive preliminary results, Netanyahu stated that he had been reaching an agreement “round the clock”, including calling the company’s CEO at 2 am.
So far, many Israelis have been disappointed by their government’s response to the crisis. The country is undergoing a punitive third national blockade, accusing the country’s authorities of wasting the opportunity to keep the infection rate low.
What about the Palestinians?
The vaccination campaign did not include the millions of Palestinians under Israeli control in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, leading to accusations that the country evaded moral, humanitarian and legal obligations.
Although Israeli settlers living deep in the West Bank are already receiving vaccinations, Palestinians around them may have to wait for months.
Palestinian officials hope to make a difference through a partnership led by the WHO called COVAX. Nonetheless, Gerald Rockenschaub, director of the WHO Jerusalem office, said that before the vaccine is distributed in Palestine, it may be “by mid-2021”.
Israeli officials said they may provide extra vaccines to Palestinians, and the Palestinian Authority has not yet formally sought help.
The Israeli human rights organization Gisha said that cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and the international community “will not absolve Israel of its ultimate responsibility to the occupied Palestinians.”
This gap not only represents the epitome of what is happening around the world—first of all the vaccinations of wealthier and stronger countries—but it may also affect Israel’s own ability to escape the pandemic.
Thousands of West Bank Palestinians work in Israel and Jewish settlements, which may slow the country’s path to herd immunity goals.
Are there other countries that are making rapid progress?
Bahrain, a Gulf country with a population of approximately 1.5 million, ranks second, with 3% of its population assassinated. Other small, rich countries in the region, such as Kuwait, may soon catch up with Israel.