Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received, on Saturday evening, the second dose of the Coronavirus vaccine, to be the first also to receive the second dose.
This coincided with the tightening of the general isolation measures imposed in Israel, to curb the sharp increase in cases of Coronavirus infection.
Netanyahu said while receiving the vaccine in a live broadcast from Tel Hashomer Hospital, that “I have agreed with the CEO of Pfizer to have more massive shipments of vaccines, which will allow the vaccination of all Israelis over the age of 16 within two months.”
Netanyahu added: “We will be the first in the world to rise from the Corona pandemic stronger than ever.”
Netanyahu was the first Israeli to receive the first dose of the anti-virus vaccine on December 19 of last month.
There should be 20 days between the first and second doses.
Israel is the world’s leading country in vaccination against the Coronavirus after it vaccinated nearly 15% of its population of 9.3 million.
Officials hope that Israel will be able to emerge from the pandemic in February if the program maintains its pace.
On his part, Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein also received the second dose, saying that “It is difficult to believe the number of people who have already been vaccinated with the first dose, more than 1.8 million people and most of the medical staff. Let’s continue this way to get rid of the pandemic, we can do it with your cooperation.”
On December 27, Israel imposed the third comprehensive lockdown since the start of the pandemic, for two weeks.
On Thursday, the authorities extended the lockdown until January 21 and imposed new restrictions, in light of the high number of infections.
On Saturday, the Israeli Ministry of Health announced that more than 7,800 people had been infected with the virus, on Friday, and 46 people died.