Israel said the first vaccines from Russia arrived in the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank.
Vaccinations were started exactly a month ago, on December 21st. The growth of infections has slowed little by little since the end of December. Now the infectivity rate R has dropped to a nip below one and is currently 0.99, the Israeli Ministry of Health said on Thursday.
The R-number describes the average number of new infections per infected person. A figure less than one means that the epidemic is shrinking.
There are now a total of 2.4 million people vaccinated in the country, which is almost a quarter of the total population. Nearly 700,000 Israelis have received the booster vaccine. This is the world’s top pace in vaccination.
Daily the number of vaccinations is huge: the Israeli Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein for example, 205,000 people were vaccinated on Monday.
Israel has a total population of 9.3 million, of which more than 4 million live in the Palestinian territories. Their vaccinations have not started. The Israeli Ministry of Health announced the first about 500 Russian Sputnik vaccines have arrived in the country. They are due to vaccinate medical staff in the Palestinian territories.
Vaccinations were also intensified in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, a predominantly Palestinian area. So far, the pace of vaccination in East Jerusalem has clearly lagged behind other parts of the city, says Haaretz.
Authorities have estimated that infection rates would fall much faster if the country did not already have a new type of virus from the UK.
Leading coronavirus operations Nachman Ash told The Times of Israel this week that the new modified type of coronavirus causes 30 to 40 percent of all Israeli infections. It is expected to become the prevalent type of virus in the country in a couple of weeks.
According to the Israeli health authorities, it appears that the Pfizer and Biontech vaccine affects the modified virus type as before.
In Israel, many have contracted coronary infection since the first dose of the vaccine. This has been to be expected, as good protection against coronavirus infection in Pfizer and Biontech vaccines, for example, only emerges after the booster dose.
Great is concerned in Israel that some extremist Jewish communities have not complied with generally imposed restrictive measures. Among other things, they have opened schools and organized large family gatherings.
“In that community, mortality rates have at their worst risen to as high as 35-40%,” said the Director of Public Health at the Department of Health. Sharon Alroy-Preis said The Times of Israel.
In some extremist Jewish communities, rabbis have denied the dangers of the coronavirus and encouraged rallies.
The Times of Israel gave an interview Yehuda Meshi-Zahav mourned his mother who died of covid-19 this week. Basic Health An 80-year-old mother was probably infected at a Hanukkah party that led to her death.
“I tried my best to convince my family that it wouldn’t have celebrated the Hanukkah together, but I wasn’t listened to,” Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said.