Israel launched the “Brothers in Arms” Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination campaign for all the foreign diplomats in the country, becoming the first country in the world to vaccinate its diplomatic community.
Hundreds of members of the diplomatic staff and their families stationed in Israel were vaccinated on Monday at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
Representatives from Ukraine, Ghana, Turkey, Taiwan, the United States, Italy, Spain, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Vietnam, Congo, and Guatemala, received the first Pfizer-developed shot, some ahead of their countrymen.
They thanked Israel for the opportunity to receive the vaccine, including diplomats in whose country the vaccine has not yet arrived.
“This is amazing,” said Benjamin Hong, Taiwan’s consul in Israel. “Israel is the leading country with the highest percentage of vaccinated people. We thank the State of Israel and the hospital for the opportunity to receive the vaccine and for the assistance to all diplomats stationed in Israel. ”
The extensive vaccination campaign, which continued on Tuesday, is conducted by the staff of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in cooperation with the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs, in parallel with the hospital’s internal vaccination program, in which most hospital staff were vaccinated.
“We were happy and proud to see representatives from different countries around the world here this morning, all of whom came to be treated by the professional and dedicated Hadassah team,” said Hadassah CEO Prof. Zeev Rothstein.
Over 3,512,200 Israelis have received the first dose of the Pfizer-developed COVID-19 vaccine, some 37.8% of the population.
The University of Oxford’s Our World in Data tracker, a global, aggregated database on COVID-19, showed on Tuesday Israel was the second-fastest country in vaccinating its population.
On a scale of the number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered per 100 people within a given population, Israel came in second with 1.11, right behind the United Arab Emirates with 1.42, and ahead of the United Kingdom with 0.64.
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