Israel's Netanyahu gets second dose of COVID-19 vaccine


Israel's parliament late Thursday approved the new restrictions, which come into affect at midnight (2200 GMT) and will be in place for two weeks, with an option to renew.

Meanwhile Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein watched today as crates of the Pfizer vaccine were unloaded at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv.

Standing alongside Netanyahu, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein pledged that by mid-March five million Israelis would be vaccinated. How was Israel able to establish such an efficient vaccination mechanism and receive such a large quantity of doses from the producers Pfizer and Moderna while other countries like the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom or the United Kingdom?

A week after the booster, each recipient will be issued with a Health Ministry vaccination certificate providing exemption from quarantine, officials say.

"The Health Minister and I agreed today to increase the pace of vaccinations to 170,000 a day. This is a global record", added the prime minister. The country has given the first of two vaccine doses to almost 20% of its population, and Mr. Netanyahu said on Thursday that Israel has secured enough vaccines to inoculate the whole adult population by the end of March. The number is by far the highest vaccination rate in the world.

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Netanyahu became the first Israeli to get the second dose of the vaccine Saturday, just as he inaugurated the first dose, and declared that all Israelis could be fully immunized in around two months.

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned the boss of vaccine firm Pfizer 17 times in just days to secure more supplies of the Covid jab. One official said the shipment contained 700,000-800,000 doses. Over 1,000 people are now in serious condition from the virus, the highest level since the first outbreak in March.

Several European leaders have turned to Israel for advice on its operation to vaccinate the population against Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the country began to administer the second shot. A British strain that is also particularly contagious is already believed to be prevalent in the Israeli population.

The rapid rollout comes amid a rise in cases which Netanyahu has blamed on the British mutation of the virus, which is thought to be more transmissible.