Israel reopens restaurants and universities after vaccinating more than half of the population

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Benjamin Netanyahu was the first Israeli to be vaccinated

Israel, one of the most vaccinated countries in the world against the covid-19, started the third phase of the deflation, after the government approved new measures that started to be adopted on Sunday.

As the Express, vaccinated university students will be able to return and regular school students will have face-to-face classrooms – two or three days a week – in areas where infection cases are controlled.

Citizens prevented from entering the country will be able to return, initially with a maximum of one thousand per day, and those who have a vaccination certificate will not have to quarantine at home. The spaces for cultural events, cafes and restaurants will also be reopened, and the latter citizens will be able to sit with a vaccination certificate.

With nine million inhabitants and almost five million people inoculated with the first dose of the Pzifer vaccine, the country has generated controversy for having prevented the entry of vaccines in the Gaza Strip and on Cijordânia. The two territories do not have geographic continuity, so the transport of vaccines necessarily had to cross Israel.

After international criticism and pressure, Israel promised to deliver 5,000 doses of the covid-19 vaccine to the Palestinian National Authority in late January. Due to budget authorization issues, the government has meanwhile announced that this start will be postponed, without setting a new date.

Romanians protest against mandatory vaccination

Thousands of people protested on Sunday in front of the parliament in Bucharest, Romania, against a bill of mandatory vaccination of children against rubella, tetanus or hepatitis, an action that also challenged the imposition of inoculation against covid-19, reported the agency Lusa.

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At issue is the so-called “mandatory vaccination law”, passed in 2017 and which has since been awaiting a vote in the Romanian parliament. The delay has been attributed to pressure from anti-vaccine groups, generally linked to conservative, nationalist and religious sectors.

At the demonstration, according to the agency EFE, “Among the protesters were orthodox priests and people carrying crosses and other religious symbols”.

Some of the protest participants “attributed the efforts to vaccinate the population against covid-19 to a communist conspiracy to destroy Christianity and impose a globalist social control agenda ”.

The protest was supported by the Alliance for Romanian Unity (AUR), a right-wing nationalist populist party that entered Parliament in the legislative elections in December, when it won 9% of the vote with a critical speech against the restrictions imposed by the Government due to the pandemic. .

“This Easter we will see each other at the church. They will not be able to close the doors of the churches again ”, said one of the organizers of the action, in which nationalist songs were sung and many participants wielded posters against mandatory use of masks.

The event is organized by conservative non-governmental organizations (NGOs), some of which supported the referendum to change the constitution so that same-sex marriage was banned in 2017, an initiative that ended up failing to obtain the minimum participation required by law .

ZAP ZAP / Lusa //