Italy agrees to provide Israel with COVID vaccine

Israel and Italy have reached an agreement for Rome to provide the Jewish state with doses of a vaccine against the coronavirus, the Foreign Ministry says.

The agreement was reached as Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi hosts his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio for talks in Jerusalem.

“I thank the government of Italy for its agreement to transfer Israel doses of a vaccine for coronavirus and hope that soon we can renew tourism between the countries,” Ashkenazi is quoted saying in a statement from his office.

Italian biotech firm ReiThera is currently developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ashkenazi and Di Maio also sign cooperation agreements on education and culture.