Israel signs deal with Moderna to triple vaccine doses to country
UPDATED 9:27 PM PT – Friday, December 4, 2020
Israel recently announced a new contract with Moderna to triple the amount of coronavirus vaccines sent to the country.
The country will now reportedly receive an additional 4 million doses, upping the original shipment from 2 million doses to 6 million. This would be enough to vaccinate 3 million people.
Moderna’s vaccine is currently under review in Israel with the first doses expected to arrive early next year.
On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is “pleased to announce the deal.” He made the following remarks on the matter:
“This gives us hope. We see the light at the end of the tunnel. Until then we need to follow the rules. Our mission is to bring vaccines. Your mission is to follow the rules. If we do this, we are going to win. Together we will defeat the coronavirus.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
“I am pleased to announce that today we signed with Moderna for the supply of six million vaccines for you, citizens of Israel. This is triple the number of vaccines in the original contract with Moderna. This gives us hope.
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 4, 2020
Israel’s health minister called the new contract “great news for Israeli citizens and the economy.”
Moderna said it’s ramping up its global manufacturing to be able to deliver around 500 million doses per year beginning in 2021.
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