World in Israel, the antiboronavirus masks fall

16:25  18 april  2021
16:25  18 april  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  En Israël, les masques anticoronavirus tombent © provided by the point

d by a year, the Israelis walked into the streets without being able to see their faces, barred with sanitary masks. But Sunday, the latter fell outside, a sign of a first "victory" against the coronavirus in the country.

Jerusalem. Sunday, 9:00. At the corner of Jaffa Streets and King Georges, buses and tramway are relaxing from their waves of passengers withdrawing their masks. Inside these are mandatory, outdoors, it has no longer been since that day on Sunday.

Eliana Gamulka, blond hair, curly and azure eyes, comes out of a bus and ties its yellow mask to its right wrist. A simple gesture but for the first time legal in more than a year.

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"I worn my mask on the bus, most people were wearing it too, then I removed it (...) I am relieved we can start again", launches this 26-year-old project manager, Delighted with a measure that falls to two weeks of his marriage. "We can all celebrate without mask and it will make good pictures!"

But "You can not claim that you do not recognize people in the street", pleasant Eliana.


At the bus release, others still keep their masks or carry it to the throat in order to rise to the entry for example of a business. Ester Malka, who says he is "used" to wear the mask, prefers to wait a little bit before removing it on the street.

"It is allowed (to withdraw) but I'm still fearful (...) We will see what will happen when everyone has removed his mask. If I see it's going well in a month or Two, then I'll remove it, "testifies this office worker.

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The Israeli Minister of Health, Yuli Edelstein, announced on Thursday evening, on the sidelines of the celebrations of the independence of the country, the lifting of the obligation to carry the mask in the public places outside the favor of an intense campaign vaccination. This has been permitted thanks to an agreement between the Hebrew State and the German Pharmaceutical Giant Pfizer.

In exchange for rapid access to millions of doses of the vaccine, Israel, which has the digitalized medical data of all its population, has provided the actual data on the effect of immunization in Pfizer. Researchers described this "larger phase 4 in the world" vaccination campaign after the three sets of clinical tests carried out on controlled human samples.

From the announcement of the health authorities, the masks began to disappear in Israel. And on Thursday evening, in the bars of the central market of Mahané Yehuda in Jerusalem, the smiles were again on the faces.

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"Pub for Pfizer"

Since December, nearly five million Israelis (53% of the population) have received the two doses of the vaccine, about 80% of the population over 20 years old according to official data. Countries that recorded some 836,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 6,300 deaths.

In January, Israel had a peak of 10,000 cases a day, despite its vaccination campaign, the effects of the vaccine taking a few weeks before being felt. Then, the curve started gradually getting flattered to allow the authorities in early March to reopen bars, restaurants and cafes.

and these last days, the country recorded only 200 daily cases.

"There is no better pub for Pfizer," said Humor's tone, Shalom Yatzkan, a four-year-old computer scientist who himself been contaminated with COVID-19.

"I was sick for three days, I had neck pain, I felt weak (...) but there is the victory," he rejoiced, walking with a sharp step in this First day of the work week in Israel.

"I only hope that the variants will not catch us."

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