China gives COVID-19 vaccine to 50 million in one month, Israel vaccinating so fast it runs out of vaccine

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China has launched an ambitious effort to vaccinate 50 million people against the coronavirus before the Lunar New Year next month, after the country recently approved its local COVID-19 vaccine for general use.
The program prioritizes key groups of frontline workers, including hospital, utility, delivery, transportation and utility workers, as well as people whose jobs require them to travel to the city. ‘foreign. Millions of people in priority groups had already received injections of the vaccine before it was approved by regulators at state-backed pharmaceutical company Sinopharm for “urgent use”, according to Le Washington Post.


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China aims to deliver the first dose of the vaccine to 50 million people by Jan.15 and the second injection by Feb.5, ahead of the Lunar New Year festivities that begin on Feb.11. The holiday is considered the world’s largest annual human migration holiday, as hundreds of millions of people across the country leave their towns to visit families in more rural parts of the country.

Chinese authorities are under pressure to carry out vaccinations ahead of the Lunar New Year travel rush after the holidays were disrupted last year when Wuhan, China was the epicenter of the outbreak. Last year, about 1.5 billion trips were taken during the holidays, about half the normal number of trips, as people took refuge in the midst of the outbreak, the Washington Post reports.

Medium room reported Beijing vaccinated 73,537 people at more than 200 vaccination sites on Monday in the first two days of the new year.

The vaccine was approved on December 31. Clinical studies have shown the vaccine to be almost 80% effective.

Meanwhile, in Israel, health officials are scrambling to get more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine because the country has inoculated a greater proportion of its population than any other country and is running out of supplies. supply. Israel administers doses to around 150,000 people per day and has reached 12 percent of its population with the first dose since December 20. Le Washington Post reports.

It comes as officials behind the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed recognized the United States has experienced a delay in bringing the vaccine into the arms of Americans.

More than 13 million doses of COVID-19 have been distributed across the country with more than 4.2 million people receiving the first dose as of January 2, according to the CDC.

That number is well below the Trump administration’s goal of giving the first dose to 20 million Americans by January 1.


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