Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu sets deadline for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

As Israel enters a third strict lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said there will be enough vaccines to immunize all citizens over 16 by the end of the month of March, according to a report.

“We will be the first country to emerge from the coronavirus,” Netanyahu said Thursday evening, The Jerusalem Post reported. “We will vaccinate all affected populations and anyone who wishes can be vaccinated.”

He said another vaccine shipment is expected to arrive on Sunday, with many more to follow, adding that a deal has been reached with Pfizer to send more doses, and faster, turning Israel into a “model nation.” on how to beat the epidemic.

“This is a breakthrough that will pull us out of the coronavirus crisis and bring us back to life,” Netanyahu said, according to the outlet. “This is how we’re going to open up the economy, get back to work, back to the synagogue… the lives we love and miss.”

He added that Israel “will share with Pfizer and humanity at large the statistics that will help develop strategies to defeat the virus. We can do this because our healthcare system is one of the most advanced in the world. ”

The Department of Health later clarified that only “general data” will be provided to Pfizer, including data on pandemic morbidity. No personal data will be disclosed, he said.

Netanyahu said he spoke with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla 17 times, including on the last day, The Jerusalem Post reported.

As of Thursday morning, health officials said 1,590,000 Israelis had received their first beatings – about 17 percent of the population.

The latest lockout, which began on Friday, will last at least two weeks.

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