Tel Aviv pushes COVID-19 vaccine with free food

In cooperation with local restaurants, Tel Aviv offered the food at two pop-up vaccination centers, hoping to persuade inoculation holdouts to take a shot.

Although Israel is leading the world in the speed of its vaccination drive, authorities are still concerned that younger people less prone to dangerous coronavirus complications, and others jittery about inoculation will not get their shots.

So it was free pizza, hummus, and knafeh, a sweet Middle Eastern dessert made with filo pastry, for all. And dozens of people showed up.

Israel plans to ease more restrictions on businesses on Sunday (February 21) and reopen hotels and gyms for those fully vaccinated or deemed immune after recovering from COVID-19.