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Coronavirus: The reasons why Israel is the country with the highest number of COVID-19 vaccinations

AJN Agency.– AJN Agency – Israel set up a major logistics operation to ensure the success of the massive vaccination campaign against COVID-19, which is being conducted at a rate of almost 1.5 percent of the population per day. Jorge Diener, Executive Director at Hadassah International in Jerusalem, said that the country has “a network and a system that allows an effective distribution” of the vaccine, based on “a common digital database with the complete medical file of each person.




AJN Agency.- The Israeli government placed an important “operation of massive emergency logistics” to comply with the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 and that made the country the nation with the best rate of inoculation per capita around the world. “We are leading the vaccination because we had a massive emergency logistics operation in Israel, which allowed to have access to an important amount of vaccines and to be able to quickly set up a distribution campaing, starting with the high risk groups and already going down to lower risk groups,” explained the executive director of the Hadassah International in Jerusalem, Jorge Diener, to the radio program “For three reasons” from Spain.

Israel has already started vaccinating people over 40 years old, while in other countries it is still being discussed which vaccine to purchase. The massive vaccination campaign was also made possible by the universal public health system of Israel, with a centralization in the application of criteria and regulations, but also thanks to a decentralization in the HMOs, the health services, which allowed a fast distribution of the vaccines, from the moment they arrive at the Ben Gurion International Airport, in Tel Aviv, until they reach the vaccination centers.

A key fact for this success is the common digital database in the health system, which allows any care center to access to the complete medical file of the patient. “Hadassah is the main hospital in Jerusalem and is also one of the vaccination points, as part of the whole system. The decision from the beginning was very clear: instead of people coming to get the vaccine, the vaccine should practically arrive at people’s doorsteps, in the neighborhood, as close as possible, and opening as many vaccination points as possible to decentralize and to be more efficient in the distribution of the vaccine”, he said.

According to official numbers, in Israel an average of 1.5 percent of the population is vaccinated every day, which suggests that by the end of March or the beginning of April, 70 percent of the population will already be inoculated, which would guarantee a group immunity and some control over the pandemic.

For Diener, one of the important points in the success of the vaccination “has to do with the attitude of the population in asking for the vaccine”. “It takes effective, successful communication and a sense of collective responsibility that society has in a situation like this to immunize the whole society. And in that, Israeli society responded very well,” he added.

The Hadassah representative insisted that in Israel “vaccination is done everywhere as possible”. “There are big vaccination centers, but it is not right approach. There are places in the world where they are vaccinating in large stadiums, 50,000 people, and they are getting many people there. Here most of the vaccination is in the primary care clinics, in places that have been set up in addition to those clinics so that they can vaccinate in many vaccination points,” he explained.

The international director of Hadassah pointed out that “the patients who arrive at the intensive care rooms, those who end up in an induced coma and many of those who end up dying, are patients over 60 years old. So, by the time we manage to immunize patients who can end up in an intensive care room, the younger population is not really at high risk, so from a macro point of view, we need to avoid the collapse of the medical centers. Once the population at risk is immunized, it becomes a disease like any other flu”, he said.

Diener assured that educational personnel were also included in the priority criteria, even before the entire population over 60 was vaccinated. “At Hadassah, we will then share Israel’s knowledge and experience with the world, especially with Latin America. It is an opportunity to make a contribution to the rest of the world based on the experience generated from here,” he concluded.

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Argentina. After being threatened, important Jewish leader receives support from national authorities

AJN Agency.- In an interview with AJN Agency, the president of DAIA and secretary of the Jewish Congress, Jorge Knoblovits, assured that the intimidations give him “more strength to keep fighting the anti-Semitic speeches”. Interior and Security ministers, Eduardo de Pedro, and Sabina Frederic, as well as governors and other political leaders, expressed their solidarity and support to the head of the political arm of the Argentine Jewish community. He dismissed any link between the intimidations and the lawsuit DAIA maintains against Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and assured that nothing of what happened would keep him away from the institution for the next elections, which will take place this year.




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AJN Agency.- The president of the Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations (DAIA) and general secretary of the Latin American Jewish Congress, Jorge Knoblovits, said today that the threats received give him “more strength to continue fighting the anti-Semitic speech and hate” and denied that the intimidations are related to the lawsuit that the delegation maintains against Vice-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. He assured that nothing of what happened would keep him away from the institution for the next elections, which will be held this year.

In declarations to AJN Agency, Knoblovits confirmed that he received a call from Interior and Security Ministers, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro and Sabina Frederic, as a result of intimidations that he has been suffering for more than a year and that led the important leader to file a complaint.

Jorge Knoblovits with Interior Minister Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro.

In this context, Knoblovits received support and solidarity not only from the entities belonging to DAIA but also of the presidents of the Jewish communities of Latin America, as well as of different political leaders of Argentina. “I fear for my physical integrity”, he said a little more than a month ago in a meeting with people close to him and after revealing the multiple threats he had been suffering and which led to his presentation in court.

The truth is that, according to the Jewish leader, the first event occurred on July 18, 2019, when in the Justice Courts a man shouted at him and accused the leaders of DAIA of being “thieves”.

The aggressor went much further and gave details about Knoblovits’ life and family. According to what he said, the violent man told him that he knew where his daughter lived in the United States, and he knew about the existence of a bank account on his name. The threats were replicated through his WhatsApp number and several intimidating messages.

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Jorge Knoblovits (left), Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (right, above) and Jack Terpins, president of the Latin American Jewish Congress (right, below).

Although the leader tried to play it down, DAIA advised him to take a personal guard. Nevertheless, he refused. The central institutions of the Jewish community, AMIA and DAIA, had police custody until 2005, in response to the trial proceedings for the attack on the Jewish Mutual. The investigation led to take this measure to guarantee their personal integrity.

The outcome of the situation occurred a little more than two weeks ago when a long letter arrived at AMIA building on Pasteur Street, in which, for example, they invited him to fight at the headquarters of a Boxing Federation and warned him that they had “a bullet for him”. In the letter he is questioned for having participated in a tribute to the late former Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, but although the author clarifies “I am neither Nazi nor anti-Jewish”, he expresses with a questioning tone that “I never knew if they are first Jews and then Argentines or the other way around”.

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Knoblovits (right) with Latin American leaders Marcos Peckel, from Colombia, and Fernando Lottenberg, from Brazil.

Faced with this message which, despite the author’s efforts, maintains a strong anti-Semitic color, Knoblovits decided to file a complaint so that Justice may determine the origin of the threats.

The intimidations occured at a time when the political representation of the Argentine Jewish community is analyzing whether it will continue with the lawsuit filed against the former president and current vice-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, in the framework of the case that investigates the memorandum of understanding that Argentina signed with Iran, for the alleged clarification of the AMIA bombing, which occurred in Buenos Aires in 1994 with a toll of 85 dead and hundreds of wounded. Knoblovits denied that the two issues were related.


Knoblovits with Jewish leaders and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in the German Parliament in January 2020.

Asked whether this threat puts his participation in the upcoming DAIA elections at stake, he assured that this it doesn’t. “I am not afraid of threats and the day I want to leave the DAIA it will not be because of this. This situation even gives me more strength to keep fighting the anti-Semitic and hateful speech”, said Knoblovits, who last year was chosen by the American weekly The Algemeiner Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in Jewish world.

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VIDEO. Israel started 2021 with four peace agreements with Arab countries




May Tager, Anastasia Bandarenka

AJN Agency.- 2020 will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the worst years of the 21st century. However, in this tough context, the Middle East saw a positive change and Israel, guided by the United States, managed to sign normalization agreements with four Arab countries: the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.

The historic ceremony at the White House on September 15th left an unforgettable picture. There, the US President, Donald Trump; Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu; and the Foreign Ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed “THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS”.

A few days later, Israel announced the establishment of diplomatic relations with Sudan. And before the end of the year, on December 10, similar news arrived from Morocco.

All these agreements were accomplished under the sponsorship of the United States. But nothing would have been possible without the crucial intervention of Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. His diplomatic role were the key to change the region’s dynamics, reducing conflict and connecting cultures and economies.

One of the key moments following the agreement was the landing of Israeli airline El Al’s flight in Abu Dhabi, which became Israel’s first commercial flight to the United Arab Emirates after the two countries agreed to establish diplomatic relations.
With formal ties between Israel and the UAE, the numerous expressions of affection between the Emirates and Israel were the first signs that something was changing in the Middle East.

Israel and the UAE share a similar mindset about the need for innovation, research, science and technology as the pillars of a highly productive and competitive knowledge-based economy.

Some may believe that religious differences could be a stumbling block to peace. However, after the signing of the agreements, the opposite has happened.

During the last week of December, Yitzhak Yosef became the first acting Chief Rabbi of Israel to visit an Arab country, following his meeting with UAE officials such as the ministers of tolerance, culture and health.

Also, just a week earlier, members of the delegation of social activists from the UAE and Bahrain lit the fifth Chanukah candle at Israel’s official ceremony at the Western Wall, and the same holiday was celebrated in Dubai with Israelis who traveled especially for the occasion.

The normalization of Israel’s relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco left much more than a diplomatic milestone. The cultural, technological and economic benefits were overwhelming and seem to be limitless.

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