Under a plan to increase the country’s low vaccination rate, the Swiss authorities have announced a gift to its citizens, who are persuading their friends to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The state revealed that it would give winners a free meal in a restaurant or a picnic in a movie theater.
This stimulus plan came after Switzerland witnessed several anti-vaccination protests, as 42% of its 8.7 million people had not yet received full vaccinations, a relatively high percentage according to European standards.
In turn, the Minister of Health, Alain Berset, stressed at a press conference in Bern, announcing what he described as an extraordinary stimulus plan, that the vaccination rate is still very low, and this means that we are a country that will not be able to complete the measures to reduce the outbreak of the disease, according to Reuters. “.
150 million Swiss francs
Under the initiative, which costs 150 million Swiss francs, each newly vaccinated person will be asked to nominate another person, who can be persuaded to receive the vaccine, and then he will be transferred to his credit 50 francs that can be paid in cash at a restaurant or cinema.
In addition, the government said that it also intends to declare a national week for receiving immunizations by providing 170 mobile vaccination centers.
1.3 million deaths in Europe
It is noteworthy that the new Corona virus has caused the death of at least 4,762,596 people in the world since the World Health Organization office in China reported the emergence of the disease at the end of December 2019, while the World Health Organization makes statements that seem pessimistic every period, amid the acceleration of vaccination against the virus around the world. the scientist.
At least 232,788,940 people have been confirmed infected with the virus since its appearance. The vast majority of those infected recovered, although some continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.
While Europe recorded 1.3 million deaths, Asia recorded 836,000 deaths, while the United States and Canada together counted 718,000 deaths. Africa recorded 209 thousand deaths and the Middle East 197 thousand deaths.