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How Israel Rolled Up Its Sleeves And Became Vaccination Nation

Vaccine Center set up in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv

The Bank of Israel said on Monday it expected the economy to rebound quickly in 2021 if the fast start to vaccinating people against COVID-19 was maintained.

The release of the Astrogenega vaccine began in the United Kingdom today, with the country's health secretary describing it as a "truly important moment" as the number of Covit-19 cases continues to rise in some parts of the country.

MHRA Chief Executive Dr June Raine said: "We are delighted to announce the good news that the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 is now approved for supply following a robust and thorough assessment of all the available data. I stick to that".

The Serum CEO said that the company is in the process of signing a larger contract with COVAX for 300 million - 400 million doses, apart from the order of 100 doses each for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as well as the Novavax vaccine.

Asked if the company was negotiating bilateral agreements with other countries too for the vaccine, Poonawalla said: "We have bilateral partnerships with nations like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Morocco, etc". It also enables UNICEF and the Pan-American Health Organisation to procure the vaccine for distribution to countries in need, the global health body said. Similarly, the second dose of the newly UK-authorized Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine may be given 4 to 12 weeks following the first, according to the recommendations.

How Israel Rolled Up Its Sleeves And Became Vaccination Nation

The country expects to widen its vaccination drive - possibly to people aged over 50 - in February and expects to receive shipments of the Moderna vaccine by March.

The British Medical Association said the move was is "grossly unfair" to thousands of at risk-patients across the country. Britain has so far injected around one million people with it.

It can also kept in the fridge while Pfizer-BioNTech's requires storage at ultra-low temperatures. There has been a total of 2,265 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

After the regulator's nod, Serum expects formalities to be completed in the next 7 to 10 days for the rollout to begin.

On Sunday there were almost 55,000 new cases and in total more than 75,000 people in the country have died with COVID-19 during the pandemic - the second highest toll in Europe. The course of the US-made vaccine requires two shots.