DESPITE VACCINATIONS, ISRAEL’S COVID-19 CASES SOAR
Despite an extensive vaccination campaign, coronavirus cases in Israel remain high and show little signs of decreasing, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
Israel is in the midst of a third nationwide lockdown, which the government extended by a week on Sunday night. Israel has halted inbound and outbound flights and closed down its overland border crossings. A total of 4,796 Israelis have died so far of the virus.
Meanwhile, Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip await vaccines, which could take at least a few more months to get to a big enough part of society. 1,473 have died so far in the West Bank, while 520 have died in Gaza.
The Palestinian Authority will receive 50,000 vaccines in mid-February and an additional shipment toward the end of the month, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced Monday.
The vaccines will come from several different sources, including the World Health Organization and the global COVAX initiative. Meanwhile, Dr. Majdi Dahir, a senior health official in the Strip, announced that the first shipment of 15,000 vaccines will arrive soon.