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Coronavirus cases in Israel are finally beginning to decline from record highs after it vaccinated 27% of its population

Added 01-18-21 01:14:01pm EST - “While Israel is nowhere near COVID-19 free, cases are falling amid a lockdown and a rapid vaccination campaign.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Coronavirus cases in Israel are finally beginning to decline from record highs after it vaccinated 27% of its population”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Israel has vaccinated more than a quarter of its population against COVID-19, and cases of the disease are finally beginning to decline following a surge that prompted a nationwide lockdown. 

More than 2.43 million people in Israel have now been vaccinated, which is about 27% of the country, according to data from Our World In Data. The country reported 8,190 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, down from a record 9,997 cases on January 13, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Israel has vaccinated the highest proportion of its population of any country in the world, and has been touted as a success as other nations, especially the US, face hurdles with their rollouts. Israel benefits from having a relatively small and densely populated country, as well as from a centralized and digital-savvy national health system, as Insider's Susie Neilson reported.

As Reuters reported Monday, the Israeli government is sharing data with vaccine-manufacturer Pfizer and BioNTech in an effort to assist other nations.

"While this project is conducted in Israel, the insights gained will be applicable around the world and we anticipate will allow governments to maximize the public health impact of their vaccination campaigns," BioNTech said Monday in a statement, as Reuters reported.

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