Israel has vaccinated 20 per cent of its population in the three weeks since it started its coronavirus vaccination campaign. This is equivalent to one fifth of it’s population.
According to the Health Minister, Yuli Edelstein, “We have completed three weeks of campaign, Return to Life with wonderful news.’’ He also said that 1.817 million of Israel’s 9.2 million residents had received the first jab of the U.S.-German Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister, Edelstein were the first to receive the second dose late on Saturday, in the Sheba Hospital near Tel Aviv.
The Israel government aims to vaccinate all residents of the country over the age of 16 by the end of March.
Meanwhile, the first four infections with a new coronavirus variant, that originally appeared in South Africa, have been detected in Israel, according to the Health Ministry.
Israel has about 3,645 COVID-19-related deaths since the novel virus was first detected in the country nearly a year ago.