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Netanyahu on COVID in Israel: It’s behind us

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to a Covid-19 vaccination center in Sderot, southern Israel, January 27, 2021. (Liron Moldovan/Pool/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to a Covid-19 vaccination center in Sderot, southern Israel, January 27, 2021. (Liron Moldovan/Pool/Flash90)

More from Netanyahu’s Fox News interview:

The prime minister told Fox and Friends that Israel is the first country to emerge from the pandemic due to its quick and efficient vaccination campaign, and says the country is largely done with the pandemic.

Israel is “the first country in the world to emerge from corona. With this green passport you can go to restaurants, you can go to theaters, you can go to sports events. This is it. We’re coming out,” he said.

“Israel used to be known, and is known, as the startup nation. From today it’ll also be known as the vaccination nation,” he said. “We’re setting the model for the world, we’re very proud of it.”

He adds: “Look, I don’t think we’re coming out completely. We’re going to have to wear a mask for some time. But we’re behind it.”

The prime minister’s confidence is not necessarily shared by the country’s top health officials, who have warned that new variants of the virus could yet throw a wrench into Israel’s plans to quickly return to normal life.

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