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Israel’s vaccination success noted globally – but rollout of jabs is slowing

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Published: 9 February 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Government eases third lockdown, public uptake of vaccine slows; vaccination success opens debate over obligations to Palestinians, most of whom have yet to get a first dose

Coronavirus was running rampant in Israel. But a swift vaccination program is having dramatic results (ABC)

Israel’s vaccine success unleashes a debate on Palestinian inequities (NYT)
Its progress in vaccinating Israeli citizens against Covid-19 has laid bare a fiery debate over its duties in ensuring the health of Palestinians in occupied territory. Most have yet to get a first dose

Israel eases third lockdown, lifting travel limit, restrictions on some businesses (Times of Israel)
Ministers to convene to discuss reopening of school system; airport closed until at least February 20

Thousands expected at funeral of senior ultra-Orthodox rabbi (Jerusalem Post)
Rabbi Haim Meir Wosner, son of renowned arbiter of Jewish law Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner, died after contracting Covid-19

Vaccine drive slowed by 50%, official laments, blaming online ‘fake news’ (Times of Israel)
HMO warns many young people ‘don’t understand the vaccine’s importance’; top Health Ministry official says inoculation efforts won’t succeed in conferring herd immunity

With coronavirus, Israeli police let people file complaints online; but not Palestinians (Haaretz)
Online filing was made available to minimize crowding at police stations during the coronavirus crisis. But Palestinians can't access the system, even though Israel Police serves them too

Photo: A woman receives her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a nursing home in Ramat Gan (Oded Balilty/Associated Press)

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