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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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Israel is so far the fastest country in inoculating its population against the novel coronavirus.

Our World in Data, a global, aggregated database on COVID-19, presented a comprehensive picture of the state of COVID-19 inoculations around the world. On a scale of the number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered per 100 people within a given population, Israel came in first; followed by the United Kingdom, the first Western country to give the vaccine; and then the US.

At press time, a total of 2.41 million doses had been administered around the world, the majority in China with some 1 million doses.

Over 72,000 Israelis, or 0.83% of the population, had received the Pfizer-developed COVID-19 vaccine in the first 72 hours of Operation “Lend a Shoulder” to inoculate the population. The UK had only just hit 500,000 vaccinations, or 0.74% of the population, which means that in two weeks they had not yet reached the same level of coverage that Israel had managed in three days. As reported by Yeshiva World News, as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23, just over 1 million Americans had received the vaccine, or approximately 0.31% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Pushing for a rate of some 60,000 shots a day, the Israeli government hopes that some two million of its citizens will be inoculated by the end of January, and that herd immunity will be achieved by Pesach.

By TPS and combined sources

 

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