Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Over 70% of those immunized in Israel, the Philippines exchanges nurses for vaccines


More than 70 percent of people over the age of 16 in Israel have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Israeli Health Minister Joel Edelstein was quoted as saying by the DPA. He wrote on Twitter that 4,456,000 Israelis received the first dose, of which 3,076,000 – and the second dose.

However, due to the approaching holiday of Purim next week, the minister warned against “mass infections”. For Purim, there are usually large costume parties for children and adults. There were many people infected last year after the holiday, and authorities fear it will happen again. Edelstein said that during the days of Purim, night curfews will be imposed and public transport will be significantly limited.

On Monday, 4,677 new cases of the previous day’s coronavirus were reported. However, Israel is preparing to open segments of education, entertainment, business and trade. Incentives for the immunized were offered on Sunday. Israelis who have received both doses will be able to visit sports centers, theaters, museums and hotels, and at the entrance will present vaccination certificates, the so-called. green gaps.

Tel Aviv City Hall has announced that it has organized an open-air concert for tomorrow to mark the opening of the cultural sector after a break of nearly a year. Only vaccinated adults will be able to attend the concert.

To boost vaccination coverage, the Philippines is ready to allow thousands of its health workers, mostly nurses, to work in Britain and Germany if the two countries agree to donate much-needed vaccines against the new coronavirus, a senior Philippine official said. quoted by Reuters.

The Philippines is one of the Asian countries most infected with the new coronavirus. They have eased their ban on sending health workers abroad, but still limit the number of medical workers allowed to leave the country to 5,000 a year.

Alice Visperas, director of the international affairs department at the Ministry of Labor, said the Philippines was willing to lift the restriction in exchange for vaccines from Britain and Germany, which it would use to vaccinate workers leaving abroad and hundreds of thousands of returning Filipinos.

Nurses are part of the millions of Filipinos working abroad who send more than $ 30 billion a year to their homeland. According to government figures, in 2019, almost 17,000 Filipino nurses signed employment contracts abroad.

Britain and Germany have vaccinated a total of 23 million people so far, while the Philippines has not yet launched its vaccination campaign for 70 million adults, two-thirds of the 108 million people. She expects to receive her first shipment of vaccines this week as a donation from China.

The Philippines wants a total of 148 million doses of vaccine.



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