Worldwide record: half a million Israelis already vaccinated – how is the pace possible? – Panorama society

Large white tents have recently been erected on Rabinplatz in Tel Aviv. Here, in the heart of the city, where people often gather for protests or concerts in normal times, citizens should be able to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus from January 4th.

The provisional vaccination center, which the Ichilov Hospital organized together with the Tel Aviv City Hall, is supposed to handle 5000 people a day. “We will start to vaccinate the masses non-stop,” said Ronni Gamzu, the director of the hospital and until recently state corona officer. “All for one purpose: to wipe out Covid-19 for good.”

The vaccination station in the tent is just one element of a broad campaign launched by the state on December 20th. According to the Israeli Ministry of Health, almost half a million people had been vaccinated by Tuesday, a good five percent of the population. According to statistics from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, Israel is ahead in the world. Germany, on the other hand, has a vaccination quota of only 0.05 percent of the population under also ran.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that 150,000 people should have the virus injected every day by the weekend. Then the rate should even increase. “After a month we will have vaccinated 2.25 million Israeli citizens,” said Netanyahu. “There is nothing like it in the world.”

He himself was the first Israeli to have the syringe placed in his upper arm in front of the camera on December 19, followed by Health Minister Yuli Edelstein. A number of other politicians competed on Sunday, including President Reuven Rivlin and Finance Minister Israel Katz.

Medical facilities began immunizing their staff on the same day. The Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv hosted a real party to kick off the campaign: while the first candidates rolled up their sleeves, the pop star Ivri Lider gave a live concert in the hospital lobby, surrounded by doctors and nurses jumping and dancing. The cheerful event had a serious purpose: to convince people that vaccination was harmless and useful.

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