More than half of Israel's population has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 53.5 percent of the population got their second jab, according to data released by the Health Ministry, as Israel's vaccination drive grinds to a near halt until vaccinations are approved for teens.
According to the latest figures from Monday, Israel has inoculated more than 5.3 million citizens (57.5 percent of the population), with slightly more than 10,000 people receiving a jab on Sunday. Of the overall figure, almost 5 million people (53.5 percent of the population) have received the second dose of the vaccine.
A study carried out by HMO Clalit shows that the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech provides very high protection against symptomatic illness, severe illness and death, closely approaching the level of protection the companies announced from their Phase III clinical trial.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rolled out in Israel is 98.9 percent effective in preventing death two weeks after the second dose, Israeli data shows. More data analysis from Israel shows a person fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with Pfizer's inoculation has a one in 1,000 chance of contracting the disease.
The vaccination campaign has also extended to Palestinians with permits to work in Israel and West Bank settlements, with over 105,000 already receiving the first dose of the inoculation.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority began its vaccination campaign. The first groups to be inoculated will be medical staff, cancer patients, patients suffering renal failure and people over the age of 75. The campaign is mainly relying on vaccines from the World Health Organization's COVAX scheme: 40,000 for the West Bank and 20,000 for the Gaza Strip.
In addition, Israel delivered 2,000 of a promised 5,000 vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority, destined for healthcare workers in the West Bank. So far, Palestinians have received 10,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, 2,000 of which were transferred to Gaza, after being briefly stopped by Israeli authorities.
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The UAE also sent 20,000 shots of the Sputnik V to the coastal enclave via Egypt.