According to anti-Covid vaccine, global tracking website Israel has already vaccinated one million people. The data is being collated by Our World in Data website which is a collaboration between Oxford University and an educational charity.
Israel began vaccinations on 19 December and is delivering jabs to about 150,000 people a day. Priority is being given to the over-60s, health workers and people who are clinically vulnerable.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is campaigning for re-election, has predicted Israel could emerge from the pandemic as early as February. It is currently in its third national lockdown.
France inoculated fewer than 100 people during the first three days of its vaccination campaign. In comparison, Germany had given more than 130,000 vaccines by the end of December.
The European Medicines Agency, the regulator for the 27 EU member states, approved the Pfizer vaccine on 21 December. The UK gave its ‘green light’ on 2 December, while the USA started its vaccinations programme on the 11 December.
Part of the difficulty in France is the widespread scepticism about the vaccine. In a 15-country poll carried out by Ipsos Global Advisor, only 40% of French are willing to be jabbed. This compares to 80% in China, 77% in the UK, and 69% in the US.