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Israel to Buy Millions of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Israel to Buy Millions of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Monday, 19 April, 2021 - 16:45
In this photo taken on December 31, 2020 a healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center open by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. (AFP)

Israel signed a deal to buy millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccinations from Pfizer through 2022, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

The new vaccinations will be suitable to protect people against different variants of the coronavirus, Netanyahu said in a statement.

He said he hopes to sign a similar deal to purchase vaccines from Moderna.

"This means that very soon we will have more than enough vaccines, both for adults and children," he said.

With about 81% of citizens or residents over 16 - the age group eligible for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in Israel - having received both doses, infections and hospitalizations are down sharply.

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