Israel received its first batch of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu d

Israel received its first batch of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaring the pandemic’s end was “in sight” and vowing to get the first jab.
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“This is a great celebration for Israel,” he said on the tarmac at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, as a fork-lift truck started unloading the cargo from a red and yellow DHL air freighter.
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The shipment was the first of eight million doses ordered from US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer BioNTech.
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It came ahead of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, which begins on Thursday.
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“The end is in sight,” Netanyahu said referring to the disease which has infected 348,948 Israelis, 2,932 of them fatally, according to a Wednesday update.
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“What is important to me is that Israeli citizens get vaccinated,” he added.
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“I want to serve as an example to them and I intend to be the first to be injected with this vaccine in the state of Israel.”
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The Pfizer vaccine has yet to receive the necessary regulatory approvals for use in Israel but Netanyahu said he expected it to receive clearance “in the very near” future.
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The results of third-phase clinical trials showed that the vaccine was 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19 symptoms and did not produce adverse side effects among thousands of volunteers.
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Britain started inoculating its citizens with the vaccine on Tuesday.
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Israel has also contracted to buy six million Covid-19 vaccine doses from US biotech firm Moderna which are expected to be delivered in 2021, giving a total of 14 million shots for its populaton of nine million.
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The Jewish state imposed a second nationwide lockdown in September, when the country had one of the world’s highest per capita infection rates.
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Restrictions have since been gradually eased but infection rates are again on the rise.
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On Monday, Netanyahu’s office announced a sweeping night-time curfew but it has so far not received the cabinet approval required for its implementation and no details have been published.
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Israel received its first batch of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaring the pandemic’s end was “in sight” and vowing to get the first jab.
.
“This is a great celebration for Israel,” he said on the tarmac at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, as a fork-lift truck started unloading the cargo from a red and yellow DHL air freighter.
.
The shipment was the first of eight million doses ordered from US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer BioNTech.
.
It came ahead of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, which begins on Thursday.
.
“The end is in sight,” Netanyahu said referring to the disease which has infected 348,948 Israelis, 2,932 of them fatally, according to a Wednesday update.
.
“What is important to me is that Israeli citizens get vaccinated,” he added.
.
“I want to serve as an example to them and I intend to be the first to be injected with this vaccine in the state of Israel.”
.
The Pfizer vaccine has yet to receive the necessary regulatory approvals for use in Israel but Netanyahu said he expected it to receive clearance “in the very near” future.
.
The results of third-phase clinical trials showed that the vaccine was 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19 symptoms and did not produce adverse side effects among thousands of volunteers.
.
Britain started inoculating its citizens with the vaccine on Tuesday.
.
Israel has also contracted to buy six million Covid-19 vaccine doses from US biotech firm Moderna which are expected to be delivered in 2021, giving a total of 14 million shots for its populaton of nine million.
.
The Jewish state imposed a second nationwide lockdown in September, when the country had one of the world’s highest per capita infection rates.
.
Restrictions have since been gradually eased but infection rates are again on the rise.
.
On Monday, Netanyahu’s office announced a sweeping night-time curfew but it has so far not received the cabinet approval required for its implementation and no details have been published.

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