Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a deal with Pfizer that will allow Israel to vaccinate the majority of Israelis 16 and older within a matter of weeks.
Israel also received its first doses of the Moderna vaccine today, which doesn’t have the extreme cooling requirements that the Pfizer vaccine requires. They will use those doses to vaccinate people that are stuck at home.
Over 17% of the country is currently vaccinated, while no other country on the planet has anywhere near that number. If only Israel was managing the US COVID vaccination program…
Pesach starts on March 27th and Netanyahu says Israel will have the supplies to inoculate the entire county before then, so that people can spend the Seder with their grandparents.
Will Israel also open for tourism in time for the lucrative Pesach season?
One potential problem is that the vaccine is not yet approved for those under 16, and Israel has a large young population. But then again, the infection fatality rate for those under 20 is only about .003% or 1 in 33,333, which is much less deadly than other viruses like the flu are for children.
Israel is poised to be the first country in the world to emerge from COVID-19 with herd immunity. I’d expect a robust economic recovery once that happens!
Will Israel get enough of the country to voluntarily signup for a vaccine in order to achieve herd immunity? Will they enact punitive measure on those that refuse to vaccinate? Do you think that Israel will require foreigners to be vaccinated in order to visit? Hit the comments!