Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel will receive eight million doses of the new coronavirus vaccine developed by the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer.
According to the Prime Minister’s broadcast statement on Friday,
“This is a great day for the State of Israel and a great day on the way to our victory over the coronavirus.
Read the full broadcast text below:
“This is a great day for the State of Israel and a great day on the way to our victory over the coronavirus. At these moments, we are signing the agreement with Pfizer to receive eight million doses of vaccine for four million Israeli citizens. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses per person. The hope is that the supply of Pfizer vaccines will start in January and will increase in the following months. All of this depends, of course, on the approval of the health authorities both in the US and Israel. We have more agreements with additional promising companies on the way to receiving additional millions of vaccines for the citizens of Israel.
Our national mission is to enable a vaccine for every person in Israel, whoever wants one – without exception. I personally am working with my friends, world leaders, in order to ensure that we will receive the vaccine together with the leading countries around the world and that we will not get pushed back in line. The Health Minister and his staff are working on this with their counterparts.
I would like to thank Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla for the telephone conversations between us. He was attentive at all hours of the day, even at 02:00. I am thankful that the conversations between us led to the removal of the last obstacles and to the closing of the deal, including the addition of millions of vaccine doses for the citizens of Israel.
I would like to thank Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and the people at his ministry including Osnat Luxemburg and her team, and Roi Sheindorf from the Justice Ministry, and Finance Minister Yisrael Katz and the people at his ministry.
Citizens of Israel, months will pass until the vaccines arrive, assuming that they will be approved. We must all continue to keep the directives and the rules until the arrival of the vaccines, and even afterwards. We are managing this correctly and making the correct decisions responsibly and carefully; therefore, our morbidity is almost the lowest in Europe and this is thanks to your cooperation, citizens of Israel.
If we continue to work together with the same caution, responsibility and unity, we will be among the first in the world to successfully exit the coronavirus crisis. This is the situation that I am constantly aspiring to and with G-d’s help, today we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are in this together and we will successfully exit this together.”
Photo: Kobi Gideon, GPO