On Wednesday Israel will start COVID-19 vaccinations from Dec. 27, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as the country received its first batch of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. Netanyahu, who was on hand as an air freighter carrying the vaccines landed at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, vowed to be the first Israeli to get the job.
The shipment was the first of eight million doses Israel ordered from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its partner BioNTech.
“This is a great celebration for Israel,” Netanyahu said as a fork-lift truck started unloading the cargo. The first vaccinations will be given on December 27,” he said later, noting the public health service would be capable of administering 60,000 inoculations a day.
“Tomorrow another shipment is arriving, a much larger one,” Netanyahu said.