MADRID, 9 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced this Wednesday that he will be the first person in the country to receive the vaccine against the new coronavirus developed by Pfizer, according to the newspaper ‘The Jerusalem Post’.
“For me, what is important is that Israelis get vaccinated. I believe in vaccines … I intend to be the first to be vaccinated in Israel,” said the Israeli ‘premier’, in statements to the press in a brief event at Ben Gurion airport in which the first shipment of 100,000 doses of the vaccine was received, transferred by a plane from the transport company DHL from Brussels (Belgium).
For his part, the Minister of Health of Israel, Yuli Edelstein, has thanked the work of the medical professionals who are fighting in Israel against the coronavirus pandemic and has informed them that they will soon receive the vaccine and that he himself will supervise the distribution of the treatment .
“With God’s help, we will see the end of the virus crisis. We see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said the minister, who has called on Israeli citizens to continue to comply with health recommendations when the vaccine against COVID-19.
The Israeli Ministry of Health has reported that 1,719 new cases of coronavirus were registered on Tuesday, bringing the total active cases to 14,905. Of the total infected, 310 patients are admitted in serious condition, 113 of them with mechanical respiration. The pandemic has so far left 2,932 dead on Israeli soil.
Netanyahu has said that it should not be taken for granted that a country as small as Israel will receive such a large number of doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. The doses received this Wednesday have been transferred to a warehouse managed by the Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva, which will be responsible for keeping them at a temperature of between negative 60 and 80 degrees.
In the next few days, Israel will receive another plane with about half a million doses of the drug treatment and another million doses will arrive next week. The director general of the Israeli Ministry of Health, Chezy Levy, has reported that the vaccination campaign will begin on December 20.
Levy has hoped that the Pfizer vaccine will receive authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in “the next few days”, to then start the administration of the doses in Israel. The FDA advisory board is scheduled to review Pfizer’s vaccine this Thursday, December 10.