WATCH – Netanyahu Welcomes Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine: ‘I’ll Be First in Line’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a ceremony to mark the arrival of a plane of the international courier company DHL, carrying over 100,000 of doses of the first batch of Pfizer vaccines which landed at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on December 9, 2020. - According to …
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Israel’s first batch of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines landed on Wednesday amid pomp and ceremony with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailing it as a “great holiday” and saying he would volunteer to be the first to be vaccinated.

A DHL flight from Brussels carrying over 100,000 doses of vaccine landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport.

Another plane with about half a million doses will arrive in Israel over the next few days, and a million more are scheduled to arrive next week.

 

“What’s important to me is that people of Israel get vaccinated. I believe in this vaccine. I want the people of Israel to get vaccinated and so I intend to be first,” Netanyahu said.

“I have been serving as Prime Minister of Israel for more than a few years and this is one of the most moving moments that I have worked on very hard, for long months, with the Health Minister and the people of his ministry, in order to bring relief and a solution to the coronavirus pandemic.”

“We will bring millions of vaccines here for the citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu said, adding that his eighth conversation the night before with Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla.

“We are here today on a great holiday for the State of Israel. We see the end. We still need to follow the rules regarding masks, hands and distancing, but the end is in sight,’ he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L) and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein (L) attend a ceremony to mark the arrival of a plane of the international courier company DHL, carrying over 100,000 of doses of the first batch of Pfizer vaccines which landed at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on December 9, 2020. (ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

He added that it was “not self-evident that the State of Israel, a country with nine million inhabitants, receives the vaccines at the same time as the leading countries of the world.”

Infection rates have been on the rise with Health Ministry figures showing 1,719 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active patients in the country to 14,905 with 310 patients are in serious condition. 2,932 Israelis have died of COVID-19.
Israel will officially approve use of the Pfizer vaccine once the US Food and Drug Administration reviews the trials later this week. Health Ministry director-general Chezy Levy has instructed the country’s health providers to prepare for the vaccinations to begin on December 20.

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