Netanyahu says he spoke with global pharma chiefs on getting more vaccines

More from Netanyahu: The prime minister says he spoke with the heads of “several of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world” about securing more vaccines. He does not give details on what was discussed, but says he believes “Israel can definitely be one of the first countries to emerge from the coronavirus crisis.”

He also says the pharma chiefs are “very optimistic that the vaccines will be effective” for the new strain of coronavirus that has spread through the UK and will likely reach other parts of the world.

He notes several more days are required in order to ascertain this.

An Israeli citizen receives a COVID-19 vaccine, at a Meuhedet vaccination center in Jerusalem, on December 21, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)