Spain has awarded 23 million doses of the two approved vaccines, that of Pfizer and that of Moderna, with which it is expected to immunize 11 million people; However, the vaccination rate in our country, one of the most affected by the pandemic of coronavirus, is slow when compared to Israel or UAE.
According to the latest data published on the web Our World in Data, owned by the University of Oxford, Israel has already vaccinated 25% of its population; a figure much higher than that of other countries such as Mexico, France or China. In the case of the United Arab Emirates, which ranks second in this ranking, the vaccination rate is 15%.
Israel’s staggering numbers, with two million vaccinated citizens, have not gone unnoticed by experts. Among the reasons that place the country at the forefront in the vaccination race is mainly its solid health system, one of the best in the world according to studies by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is a mixed system in which the state subsidizes part of the health care for Israelis, who are required to register with one of the four health service providers (called HMOs).
Digitization and preventive medicine
The broad digitization and investment in preventive medicine These are some of the characteristics of this health system that have allowed Israel to achieve a good rate of vaccination, but they are not the only ones: the government of the country launched an awareness campaign among the population weeks before starting to administer the doses . In fact, the Prime Minister ofIsrael, Benjamin Netanyahu, on December 19, became the first Israeli to receive the vaccine. “I have asked to be the first to set a personal example and encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” he told the media.
For its part, United Arab Emirates (UAE)became the first Arab country to start the vaccination campaign. As elsewhere, priority is given to people over 60 years of age, chronically ill and health workers.
In this case, the extensive deployment to vaccinate its population, with large spaces enabled for example in the city of Dubai, has allowed the country to be ranked second. Also the fact that residents in the capital, Abu Dhabi, began to receive doses of the Sinopharm vaccine at the beginning of December, with an effectiveness of 86%.
United States, among the top positions
Although the vaccination campaign in U.S started at a much slower pace than expected, the country has gotten back on its feet in recent days and has already administered the coronavirus drug to 3.4% of its population, ranking fifth only behind Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the United Kingdom.
France, on the opposite side
Among the last positions of this classification is France. The neighboring country has only vaccinated 0.49% of its population, which has provoked numerous criticisms towards the Government of Emmanuel Macron and specifically towards the Minister of Health, Oliver Véran. “At this rate, we will still be here 5,000 years from now,” said former Health Director General William Dab about current vaccination figures. Despite everything, the French Executive maintains its objective of immunize 26 million citizens before summer.
In Spain, despite the fact that the vaccination campaign does not follow the expected rhythm, this Friday a further step has been taken to advance the immunization of the population. In total, 676,186 doses have been administered, 59.3% of those received. According to Our World in Data, 1.45% of Spaniards have already been vaccinated and our country is in sixth place after Italy and the other countries mentioned above.