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Israel is first country in the world to have vaccinated 10% of its population

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Israel has far outpaced other countries so far, according to the Our World in Data website operated by Oxford University. Second place is held by Bahrain with 3.37%, followed by the UK with 1.39% (though the latter’s data is a few days old). The US stands at 0.84%.

Israel has become the first country in the world to have provided the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to 10 percent of its population, the Israeli media reported.

Some 950,000 had been inoculated by Friday, the Health Ministry said — or 1 in 10 Israelis in a nation of 9.3 million.

“Yesterday we broke a new record and vaccinated 153,430 people,” Israeli Health Minister Edelstein said in a statement, thanking medical teams for their work. “Today we’ll pass one million.”

Israel has far outpaced other countries so far, according to the Our World in Data website operated by Oxford University. Second place is held by Bahrain with 3.37%, followed by the UK with 1.39% (though the latter’s data is a few days old). The US stands at 0.84%.

Israel started vaccinating on December 20, with a focus on healthcare workers and then on over 60s and at-risk sectors.

According to The Times of Israel, the country’s globe-leading vaccination drive has been attributed to various factors, including its relatively small but densely-packed population and highly-professional, community-integrated health services.

Next week, a large-scale vaccination center is set to open in Tel Aviv’s famous Rabin Square, and aims to inoculate approximately 5,000 people per day.

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