Leading in vaccination, why is Israel still reeling from the outbreak of Covid-19?

By the end of February, 50% of the Israeli population had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with the majority of the vaccination program using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Israel is expected to reopen this summer.

Since then, however, Israel has been constantly facing new outbreaks, with more than 10,000 cases of SARS-CoV-2 being recorded each day as of early September.

Follow CNAOne reason why the number of Covid-19 cases in Israel has skyrocketed lies in the issue of vaccine coverage. After the vaccination campaign was launched quickly, the vaccination process began to slow down.

There haven’t been any major disruptions in vaccine supplies, so factors such as people’s reluctance to get vaccinated or limited access to health care could be triggers. outbreak in Israel. There is evidence, for example, that groups of Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel have lower access to health care.

Low vaccine coverage

The percentage of people receiving a single dose of the vaccine in Israel increased from 50% in February to just 68% in September. Children aged 12-15 have been vaccinated since June. Even so, Israel is only now getting it. Fully immunized 62% of the population.

This has made Israel lag behind many other countries like the UK in terms of vaccine coverage. About 30% of Israel’s population is unvaccinated, meaning about 2.7 million people are still at risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2.

There are also concerns that the immunity generated by the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could decline over time, although much of the research on this is still in the early stages.

Data from Israeli hospitals shows that vaccinated people are still at risk of contracting Covid-19. Recent reports indicate that nearly 60% of hospital admissions in Israel are fully vaccinated.

However, experts say that this number does not mean that the vaccine has expired.

Besides, in fact, the elderly are the priority group for vaccination, but they are also those at higher risk of disease. This is also one of the factors causing the increase in the number of cases and deaths from Covid-19 among vaccinated people.

Another factor that has caused Israel to see an increase in the number of cases is the emergence of a Delta variant that is more likely to transmit more quickly.

Lifting restrictions too soon

Another big problem that leads to the outbreak in Israel This is because the country has lifted its Covid-19 prevention measures too soon.

Dr Asher Salmon, director of the Department of International Relations at Israel’s Health Ministry, said in July that Israel “may have lifted restrictions too soon”.

A global health researcher said that community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can easily break out when the country’s epidemic prevention policy allows people at high risk of disease to gather in large numbers. without the application of restrictive measures or only a few measures.

The Stringency Index compiled by Our World in Data has measured the strictness of Covid-19 prevention policies in each country in the world.

As of August 28, Israel’s score was 45.4, which represents a much less stringent level than New Zealand (96.3), which is struggling to control new outbreaks, but is not. higher than the UK (44), which currently records about 30,000 new Covid-19 cases per day.

Booster vaccination shots

Countries around the world have been closely monitoring the first vaccine deployment in Israel to assess the vaccine’s impact and use this information to apply to the country’s vaccination campaign.

Amid fears of diminishing vaccine-induced immunity, many countries around the globe continue to watch what happens next in Israel as the country continues to third dose of vaccine for the citizen.

Initial reports have been positive about the booster shot’s effectiveness. Accordingly, the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 in those who received the booster shot was 11 times lower than in those who received 2 doses of the vaccine. However, the relevant studies are still under review, so the effectiveness of the booster shot has not been officially published.

The third dose of the vaccine is causing a lot of controversy. There have been calls for higher-income countries to share vaccine stocks with lower-income countries.

As of early September, only 5.4% of the African population had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a postponement of the third dose of the vaccine until at least the end of September, but it seems that no country, including Israel, will change their policy for suitable.

Overall, Israel’s rapid vaccine deployment is said to have been very successful. However, the country is also an example of the risks of epidemics that can arise if restrictive measures are lifted too soon.

Israel has taught the world that all countries, regardless of current vaccination rates, need to maintain a longer-term Covid-19 mitigation plan to prevent further outbreaks. outbreaks are back.

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