Unic Press UK: Israel has signed a $237mn contract with Pfizer to purchase 8 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
In a statement Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
“This is a great day for the State of Israel and a great day on the way to our victory over the coronavirus. At these moments, we are signing the agreement with Pfizer to receive eight million doses of vaccine for four million Israeli citizens. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses per person. The hope is that the supply of Pfizer vaccines will start in January and will increase in the following months. All of this depends, of course, on the approval of the health authorities both in the US and Israel. We have more agreements with additional promising companies on the way to receiving additional millions of vaccines for the citizens of Israel.”
A few days ago, the European Commission sealed a contract to buy 300 million doses.
The vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection in the first interim efficacy analysis, said Pfizer’s chief executive officer, Albert Bourla.