(December 24, 2020 / Israel Hayom) Israel is the world leader in the number of doses of COVID-19 administered per 100 people, according to the findings of the research institute Our World in the data.
According to the survey, as of December 22, 8.3 Israelis received the first dose of the vaccine for every 1,000. As of Wednesday, 140,000 people, or 1.5 percent of the Israeli population, have been vaccinated. Of those who received the vaccination, 65,000 were vaccinated on Wednesday. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, given 21 days apart, to be effective.
In second place behind Israel is the United Kingdom, which gave 0.74 doses of the vaccine per 100 people by December 21. In other words, 7.4 Britons out of every 1,000 were vaccinated.
Due to its small population, Israel is expected to remain at the top of the list.
According to the health ministry, 44,657 people were vaccinated against coronavirus on Tuesday, 23,000 on Monday and 6,600 on Sunday.
According to Our World in Data, 2.4 million people have been vaccinated against coronavirus worldwide, one million of them in China. In the United States, 614,000 received the vaccine; in Russia 200,000; and in Canada 26,000.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the achievement as an “incredible success”.
In an interview with Military radio on Thursday, health minister Yuli Edelstein said that within weeks, Israelis under the age of 60 would be entitled to receive the vaccine. So thick, the vaccination campaign is aimed at medical workers and people more.
Dr Sharon Alroy-Preis, who heads the public health ministry, stressed that the upcoming lock-in across the country will not prevent Israelis from leaving home to get vaccinated. “Locking should not stop this critical process,” she said.
Data from the Ministry of Health show that by Thursday morning, 3,805 new cases of coronavirus had been confirmed, out of 91,174 tests performed, with an infection rate of 3.3 percent. There were 497 people in serious condition and 117 on fans. Israel currently has 29,997 active cases, three times more than two weeks ago. So far, 3,150 people in the country have died from the disease.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.