Covid-19: Israel overcomes fourth wave without resorting to containment

A Covid-19 vaccination center in Rosh Haayin, Israel.

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A pioneer in the field of vaccination against Covid-19, Israel is overcoming the fourth wave without having resorted to containment.

As early as the summer, the Hebrew state relaunched its vaccination campaign, becoming the first country in the world to administer a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

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With our correspondent in Jerusalem,

Sami Boukhelifa

In Israel, the epidemic situation is clearly improving.

And yet last summer, the health authorities feared the worst: although a very large part of the population is vaccinated against Covid-19, the spread of the Delta variant is exploding and worried.

But despite the health risks, Israel's new government promises not to cripple the country with a new lockdown that would jeopardize the economy.

A strategy has been put in place: triple vaccination and screening are deployed on a large scale.

Vigilance remains essential

First intended for those over 60, the third dose is gradually generalized.

Finally, all citizens and foreign residents over the age of twelve are invited to receive a reminder.

Today, 40% of the people of Israel have received three doses of the vaccine.

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Just before the start of the school year in September, the Israeli authorities also launched a massive serological screening campaign.

Still in force, these self-tests are aimed at 2 million young people aged 3 to 11 and therefore not eligible for the vaccine.

According to the Ministry of Health, the country is now recording a drop in cases of coronavirus contamination.

But Israeli health authorities remain vigilant.

A first case of the Delta AY 4.2 sub-variant has been detected in the country.

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