PM to meet Hungarian, Czech leaders on pandemic strategy

Both countries hard hit by coronavirus, implemented strict measures to control spread; meeting follows announcement last week that Austria and Denmark would set up joint research and development fund with Israel, possibly create vaccine production facilities

Reuters|
The Hungarian and Czech prime ministers will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss policies to fight COVID-19 as a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic sweeps central Europe.
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  • "The main topic of the meeting will be the effort to curb the pandemic," Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's press chief said in a statement.
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    בנימין נתניהו עם ויקטור אורבן
    בנימין נתניהו עם ויקטור אורבן
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Israel in 2018
    (Photo: GPO)
    Netanyahu, who has said 90% of eligible Israelis have either received at least one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or recovered from the virus, has made Israel's vaccination program a showcase of his campaign for re-election on March 23.
    Last week Israel, Austria and Denmark said they would set up a joint research and development fund, and possibly production facilities for COVID-19 vaccines, to ensure they had long-term supplies for booster shots or to contend with virus mutations.
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    רה"מ נתניהו בפגישה עם ראש ממשלת דנמרק מדה פרדריקסן וקנצלר אוסטריה סבסטיאן קורץ
    רה"מ נתניהו בפגישה עם ראש ממשלת דנמרק מדה פרדריקסן וקנצלר אוסטריה סבסטיאן קורץ
    PM Netanyahu with Austrian Chancellor Kurz and Danish PM Frederiksen in Jerusalem last week
    (Photo: GPO)
    Hungary imposed tough new lockdown measures on Monday to curb a rise in COVID-19 infections and has accelerated its vaccination campaign.
    Orban's government has closed all schools and most shops in his country of 10 million.
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    בנימין נתניהו עם ראש ממשלת צ'כיה אנדריי באביש ב ירושלים
    בנימין נתניהו עם ראש ממשלת צ'כיה אנדריי באביש ב ירושלים
    Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš meeting with Netanyahu in 2018
    (Photo: AFP)
    The Czech Republic, a country of 10.7 million, has been hit hard by the pandemic in recent weeks, with the number of COVID-19 patients in serious condition at new highs and some hospitals nearing capacity.
    Prague has asked Germany, Poland and Switzerland to take in some patients.
    The Czech government has sought to turn the tide with a strict lockdown restricting travel around the country and has boosted testing at industrial companies that have been untouched by restrictions.

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