Medical staff vaccinated Covd-19 of Pfizer / BioNtech to people in Petah Tikva city, Israel on February 1.  Photo: AFP.


Israel today started to reopen its economy with the government announcing it is activating a normal life when nearly 50% of the population has been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The stores are open to everyone but some locations such as gyms, hotels, and theaters will only accept people who have received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine from more than a week ago or who have recovered from their illness. and have antibodies.

These are considered to be those with “green cards” and this information will show up on a monitoring application by the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Medical staff vaccinated Covd-19 of Pfizer / BioNtech to people in Petah Tikva city, Israel on February 1. Image: AFP.

Mandatory regulations on masking and community isolation remain in effect. Dancing is prohibited in banquet halls. Synagogues, mosques or cathedrals are required to reduce the number of people coming to pray by half compared to normal.

Exactly a year after Israel recorded its first Covid-19 infection, the easing of the February 21 restrictions is part of the government’s plan to open up the economy more widely next month.

“We are the first country in the world to revive thanks to the millions of doses of vaccine we have brought back,” tweeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Have you been vaccinated yet? Or get your green card and get back to life.”

Israel has given at least one dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to more than 46% of the population, the Health Ministry said. The risk of Covid-19 was reduced by 95.8% in those who received both shots.

Israel has so far recorded more than 740,000 infections and 5,500 deaths from Covid-19. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s administration has imposed a blockade three times and vowed there will be no fourth.

However, Nachman Ash, the doctor in charge of the country’s pandemic response, noted that another blockade “is still possible” because “50% of the population is not immune”.

Vu Hoang (Follow Reuters)

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