Israel, like every other country in the past year, has been chasing that magical percentage that would signify herd immunity to COVID-19. Now at least one top expert says we might be close enough to further remove crippling social and economic restrictions.
Speaking to Channel 12 News at the weekend, Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute, said that Israel was at the tail end of the crisis and could return to a fairly normal routine of life.
“It is possible that Israel has reached a sort of herd immunity and regardless, we have a wide safety net,” referring to Israel’s surplus of vaccine doses. “I think that makes it possible to remove some of the restrictions immediately.”
What’s really got experts like Segal optimistic is the fact that infection rates are dropping fast even after Israel significantly eased restrictions on gathering during Passover and allowed much of the economy to reopen during the week-long.
Nearly five million Israelis are now fully vaccinated (two doses), meaning the majority of the adult population. Over the past month, the rate of new daily infections has plummeted by 97 percent.