Israel is clearly ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to vaccination. Some two million Israelis, out of nine million, have already received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of an ambitious campaign launched drastically since December 19.
Benjamin Netanyahu, campaigning for the legislative elections on March 23, highlights his role in this vaccination campaign, which he launched in front of the cameras. It states in particular that its discussions with Pfizer and Moderna laboratories will allow vaccinate the entire population of Israel over the age of 16 at the end of March.
According to various media, Israel would have paid more than the market price to ensure a sufficient supply of this vaccine. But beyond the volumes purchased, observers believe that the success of the government’s strategy It is explained by the participation of Medical insurance funds in vaccination.
Health insurance funds at the heart of vaccination strategy
Every Israeli must be affiliated with one of the country’s four health insurance funds that, Thanks to the precise information at your disposal, contact the insured personally about the vaccination. A strategy that pays off and that also allows the Jewish state to collect valuable data on the properties of the vaccine before anyone else. And in particular about the big question in recent months: does vaccination also protect others from coronavirus?
The vaccine would reduce transmission
The figures, released Tuesday by two of the main health insurance funds in the country. they are quite encouraging in this regard. These two studies involve 4,000 people each who received the Pfizer vaccine. They show that 14 days after the first injection, the infection rate drops from 33% according to one of the studies, from 72% for the other. This would mean that these people not only will not develop the disease, but they will also not transmit the virus to other people.
These are the first studies of this scale worldwide. Israel massively vaccinates its population. However, a small disadvantage: 17% of people hospitalized due to Covid-19 in recent days had received the first injection of the vaccine. The reinforcement, which must take place a month later, would therefore be essential to guarantee immunity. To date, according to the Health Ministry, more than 70% of Israelis over the age of 60 have already received the first dose of the vaccine.
Israel also wants to be at the forefront of information transmission. Authorities are also reportedly working on a “passport vert “, a mobile application that, according to Jerusalem Post, a first version was presented last week.
Its principle: “anyone who receives a vaccine will be able to present a certificate that will allow them to enter shopping centers and (obtain) all kinds of services,” said the Prime Minister at the end of December. “This will encourage vaccination operations and help us get back to normal quickly.“He estimated. An incentive initiative that should allow Israel to further accelerate its vaccination strategy.