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World’s Most Vaccinated Nation Struggles With Virus Variants

  • British variant means Israel needs more time to rein in virus
  • Officials call on population to complete the vaccination cycle
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WATCH: Johns Hopkins’s Andrew Pekosz discusses nationalization of vaccines and the efficacy of approved jabs against variants.Source: Bloomberg
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With more than 30% of its population vaccinated, Israel leads the fight against Covid-19. Yet the emergence of more infectious variants is overwhelming its hospitals, showing the long road ahead for the rest of the world.

After inoculating 82% of Israelis aged 60 and more, going into a nearly month-long lockdown and shutting down the national airport this week, Israel is indicating the end of the tunnel may be further away. That dents hopes for a rapid vaccine-driven global recovery after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge at Davos to make Israel a test case for how quickly Covid shots can help reopen economies.