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Even the World’s Most-Vaccinated Economy Faces a Tough Reopening

A resident shows his “green pass” at a gym in Tel Aviv.
A resident shows his “green pass” at a gym in Tel Aviv.Photographer: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images

As the world waits for a vaccine-driven return to normal, Israel is showing what a long and arduous road it will be.

With nearly half its population of 9.3 million receiving at least one shot, Israel has given more Covid vaccines per capita than anywhere else in the world. It has banked on that roll-out to start reopening its economy. On Sunday, theaters, sporting arenas, hotels and gyms were allowed to open for people who can show -- using a “green pass” mobile app -- that they’ve had both their shots or have recovered from the coronavirus. The 30% of the population eligible for the pass can access gyms, swimming pools and other such facilities.