Vaccines: Israel, shown as an example then caught up by the virus

DECRYPTION – Yet the Hebrew state was one of the first countries to launch a large and effective vaccination campaign.

In mid-June, Israel lifted the obligation to wear a mask in closed public places. This semblance of a return to life before was short-lived: ten days later, the government re-imposed the mask indoors after an increase in the number of coronavirus cases attributed to the Delta variant.

Today, the number of new daily cases is exploding (almost 9,000 on average). The country even broke its record for daily contamination on Tuesday since the start of the pandemic, with nearly 11,000 cases recorded, just before the start of the school year.

The Hebrew state was however shown as an example at the beginning of the year for having been one of the first countries to launch a vast and effective vaccination campaign. While the situation was improving faster than elsewhere, did the country proclaim victory too quickly, easing restrictions and letting the population believe that it could lower their guard on barrier gestures? For epidemiologist Antoine Flahault, Israel, who “Holds a

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