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Number of unvaccinated eligible Israelis now under 1 million — health chief

Health Minister Director-General Nachman Ash at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, July 14, 2021.(Noam Revkin Fenton/FLASH90)
Health Minister Director-General Nachman Ash at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, July 14, 2021.(Noam Revkin Fenton/FLASH90)

The number of people in Israel who haven’t received any doses of vaccine despite being eligible has dropped under 1 million, Health Ministry Director General Nachman Ash says in a media briefing.

Ash says the number of unvaccinated citizens is now around 900,000, but adds that the progress that has been made “isn’t enough.”

He hails the fact that the basic reproduction number, or R0, has gone under 1 this week for the first time in some three months, meaning that the outbreak is waning, but he also cautions against complacency.

He says the recent downturn in the spread of the coronavirus can be attributed to the third vaccine dose, which so far some 2.7 million Israelis have received.

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