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How is Israel managing the rapid pace of vaccination?

AA huge white tent stands on the central Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. Citizens there can be vaccinated against the corona virus every minute. A vaccination campaign has been running in Israel since December 19. The initial skepticism of many Israelis was followed by an enormous rush to the vaccination stations.

No other country is vaccinated against Corona so quickly. According to researchers from Oxford, as of Friday, 11.55 doses per 100 inhabitants had already been administered. This means that Israel is clearly at the top of the comparison of states, with Bahrain and the United Kingdom only a long way behind. In absolute terms, however, China and the United States lead. How does little Israel manage such a rapid pace?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already declared Israel the “Corona vaccination world champion”. Very early on, he made the race for the corona vaccine a top priority. Netanyahu repeatedly phoned Pfizer boss Albert Bourla to secure millions of vaccine doses for his country. When the 71-year-old was the first to be vaccinated with the Biontech Pfizer vaccine, he said Bourla was now “a personal friend of mine and a great friend of the State of Israel.” The head of government had also said earlier that Bourla was very proud of his Jewish-Greek descent.

“That is not a matter of course”

According to Netanyahu, Israel has agreed to deliver eight million vaccine doses with Pfizer and six million vaccine doses with Moderna. Moderna’s medical director Tal Zaks is Israeli, he studied in the desert city of Beerscheva.

According to media reports, millions of vaccine doses are already in the country – the exact number is kept secret. When the first vaccination doses were flown in by Biontech-Pfizer on December 9th, Netanyahu received them personally at the airport. “It is not a given that the State of Israel, a huge country in so many areas but a small state of nine million people, will get the vaccine at the same time as Britain and the largest and leading countries in the world,” he said at the time.

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