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A man being vaccinated against coronavirus at a clinic in Jerusalem
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A man being vaccinated against coronavirus at a clinic in Jerusalem

Pfizer says working on new COVID-19 vaccine supply deal to Israel

Cabinet supposed to meet last week to approve purchase of around NIS 3.5 billion, but meeting called off due to political infighting following March 23 election and squabbles over judicial appointment

Reuters |
Published: 04.05.21, 18:49
Pfizer said on Monday it was working on a new deal to supply COVID-19 vaccines to Israel after an initial supply agreement forged in late 2020 has ended.
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  • Pfizer and its partner BioNTech agreed in November to supply Israel with an undisclosed number of COVID-19 vaccines and the Finance Ministry has said it paid some NIS 2.6 billion ($785 million).
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    A man being vaccinated against coronavirus at a clinic in Jerusalem
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    To date, 5.27 million Israelis above the age of 16 have received a first dose, while 4.84 million have received a second shot - out of a population of 9.3 million. Some Israelis have also received doses of Moderna's vaccine, giving the country one of the highest inoculation rates in the world.
    The government is seeking to secure 36 million more Pfizer/BioNTech doses for use as booster shots or for children once they are eligible, but that hit a snag last week over political infighting.
    The cabinet last week was set to approve the purchase, at around NIS 3.5 billion, but it was called off in a squabble between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz over judicial appointments.
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    A nurse in Beit Shemesh holding a vial of Pfizer's coronvirus vaccine
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    The Jerusalem Post reported that a shipment of 700,000 doses was set to arrive on Sunday but was halted after the state failed to approve transfer of payment for the previous 2.5 million doses Pfizer/BioNTech had supplied.
    Pfizer did not comment on the report but in an emailed response to Reuters, it said it had completed all deliveries to Israel under its initial agreement to provide its COVID-19 vaccine, signed in November 2020.
    "The company is currently working with the Israeli government to update the agreement, to supply additional vaccines to the country. While this work continues, shipments may be adjusted," Pfizer said.

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