Coronavirus: Israel asks US government for help in getting Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Anar Ottolenghi, 34, one of the volunteers taking part in Israel's human trials for its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate. (File photo: Reuters)

Israel said it asked the US government on Monday to help it get access to Pfizer’s potential COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier in the day, Pfizer Inc said its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90 percent effective, a major victory in the fight against a pandemic that has killed more than a million people, battered the world’s economy and upended daily life.

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Israel’s finance minister Israel Katz said he had discussed the vaccine during talks with US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

“I asked Mnuchin for help in supplying the vaccine to Israel in parallel with its supply to the US, as part of an agreement signed between the US administration and the company for the immediate delivery of 600 million doses,” Katz said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it an important day in the fight against the pandemic and said “the end is in site”.

“My goal at the moment is to do one thing - to bring vaccines to you citizens of Israel, and we will do so,” he said.

Israel already has an agreement with Moderna Inc for the future purchase of its potential COVID-19 vaccine and has been in talks with other companies as well.

It has also started human trials on its own vaccine candidate.

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Last Update: Monday, 09 November 2020 KSA 21:45 - GMT 18:45
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