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Covid-19 vaccination rollout: Reflecting on the Israeli experience

Tuesday 16 February 2021 from 12:00-13:00 CET

Following the rapid development of effective COVID-19 vaccines, countries are now facing the challenge of rapidly rolling out vaccination programmes to immunize the population and restore as much of normal life as quickly as possible. The example of Israel is often presented as the model for early rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations but what were the specific factors contributing to this early success? What was the contribution of existing infrastructure, organizational and health workforce capacities? What are the lessons and concerns for the long term? How might other countries use this experience when swiftly scaling up their vaccination programmes? Join us in this webinar to reflect on the Israeli experience of COVID-19 vaccination rollout.


Ruth Waitzberg, Technical University of Berlin & Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Jerusalem (Israel) (keynote)

Madelon Kroneman, NIVEL (Netherlands)

Billy Palmer, Nuffield Trust (UK)

Jon Cylus, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies


Ewout van Ginneken & Matthias Wismar (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)

This webinar is part of a series of webinars which draws lessons from country experiences based on the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) - a joint undertaking with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission and the European Observatory. The COVID-19 HSRM builds on the expertise of the Health Systems and Policy Monitor network and the WHO Country Offices and the knowledge and work of colleagues in the Regional Office and DG SANTE who are dealing with the pandemic and supporting countries. The webinar series is indebted to them all.

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