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Israel to buy millions of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses

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Israel closed agreements with Pfizer and Moderna on Monday to purchase millions of additional vaccine doses in 2022. While the exact number of doses from each company remains secret, Hebrew media reports said Israel agreed to pay for a total 18 million shots from the two companies, with the option to purchase millions more after those have been used.

There were some obstacles in Israel that we had to overcome, and we found a way to overcome them,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said Monday, referring to the original deal that was held up by political infighting.


Israel will once again lead the world in the fight against the coronavirus. There will be no more lockdowns — we got out of it,” Netanyahu said. The government was set to approve the initial deal during a cabinet meeting last month, but Defense Minister Benny Gantz of Blue and White canceled the meeting over Netanyahu’s refusal to hold a vote on a permanent justice minister. Israel is currently without a justice minister, after Gantz’s interim appointment ended at the start of the month.

The additional shots will be for children, once they are deemed eligible, and to use as booster shots. Coronavirus czar Nachman Ash said last week that he believes Israel will start vaccinating children in the next few weeks. Pfizer applied earlier this month for US authorization for 12- to 15-year-olds. Almost 5 million Israelis have received both Pfizer shots; some 900,000 eligible Israelis have yet to be vaccinated.

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Source: timesofisrael