Israel vaccinates 800,000 against COVID-19

Israel vaccinates 800,000 against COVID-19

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that no fewer than 800,000 Israeli citizens have already received a vaccine against COVID-19, since the start of the campaign.


The mass vaccination campaign in Israel started on Dec. 20, as the country approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.


The priority groups to get inoculated include medical workers, students of medical schools, employees of geriatric institutions and government officials.


Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin have already got inoculated.


“More than 150,000 Israelis got vaccinated yesterday (Wednesday) and a total of 800,000 people have already been inoculated against coronavirus.


“World Champions! We will continue doing this way and become the first to get out of the pandemic, re-open our economy and return to life,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter.


Earlier in the month, Israel entered a new COVID-19-related nationwide lockdown, as the daily number of infection cases in the country continued to grow.


As of Thursday, the Israeli toll has reached 419,312 cases, including 5,253 confirmed cases over the past day.


Along with the new COVID-19 cases, a second Israeli citizen, an 88-year-old man with chronic underlying conditions, died on Wednesday after receiving the first dose of the vaccine.

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