Israel set to be first country to vaccinate entire population against COVID-19

A new report has said that Israel is expected to be the first country in the world to vaccinate its population against COVID-19.

Israel and COVID-19 vaccines

According to a new report, Israel is currently on track to be the first country in the world to vaccinate its entire population against COVID-19. The authors of the report say that this inoculation progress could provide a gold standard for other countries if Israel begins to see no new resurgence in COVID-19 cases in coming months. 

Katie Wrenn, an epidemiologist at GlobalData, which produced the report, commented: “Israel’s smaller geography, smaller population size and a large digitalised medical system has given the country an advantage in speed of vaccination. This indicates that regions with less-structured healthcare systems may take much longer to implement such a programme. Israel has vaccinated the largest proportion of its population thus far, as 1.9 million people have received a first dose of the vaccine, equating to 22.34 doses administered per 100 people. This compares to the US, which has administered 2.82 doses per 100 people.”

The report says that Israel entered a third national lockdown on 27 December, due to new infections rising rapidly and the recent detection of two new highly contagious strains of the virus.

…regions with less-structured healthcare systems may take much longer to implement such a programme”

These tight restrictions must remain in place until the majority of the population has received two doses of the vaccine to prevent the situation worsening in the meantime. If the public becomes complacent in their individual response to stopping the spread of the virus and depends solely on the vaccine, the current wave quickly become the largest,” Wrenn concluded. 

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