Israel signs Pfizer deal; Pompeo to visit Golan Heights: Israel Update
November 13, 2020
Israel signed a deal with Pfizer to preorder 8 million doses of the forthcoming coronavirus vaccine, with initial shipments set to arrive in January, Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced. Israel purchased enough of the vaccine to inoculate four million citizens, with the expectation that the vaccine will continue to be delivered throughout 2021, the health minister said, pending it's approval by the US FDA and Israel's Health Ministry. The dramatic development came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the government and the pharmaceutical giant had reached an agreement. Pfizer announced Monday that initial data indicated the vaccine it is developing—with German partner BioNTech—is 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19, sparking hope that inoculations against the novel coronavirus could soon be available.
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