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A medical worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine injection at the Meuhedet vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry publishes data-sharing contract inked with Pfizer

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Israel’s Ministry of Health on Sunday published the contract that it signed earlier this month with Pfizer for the additional delivery to the country of the pharmaceutical giant’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. The first shipment arrived on Dec. 9,...
Israelis receive a dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at a Clalit Health Fund vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 12, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

One dose of Pfizer’s vaccine cuts infection rate by a third after two weeks,...

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A single dose of Pfizer’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine lowers the chance of contracting the disease by a third after two weeks, according to a new Israeli study. The findings of the study, which was conducted...
A medical worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine injection at a vaccination center in Jerusalem on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry reports four cases of South African COVID-19 variant

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Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Saturday that four cases of the highly contagious South African COVID-19 variant have been discovered in Israel. The disturbing development comes amid Israel’s aggressive vaccination drive, with Israeli Prime Minister...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives the second does of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer outside of Tel Aviv, on Jan. 9, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israeli premier, health minister receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein received the second dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Saturday night. “I’m sure all the Israeli citizens about to receive the second dose of the...
A vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. Credit: Department of Defense/Lisa Ferdinando.

Rabbis and Jewish ethicists hail vaccine for COVID-19, encourage its use

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This week, as the U.S. government launched the largest vaccine distribution program in the country’s history, rabbis and Jewish ethicists were united in support of the rollout to battle the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein attend a press conference at a Maccabi health fund vaccine center in Tel Aviv on Dec. 13, 2020. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Netanyahu, Israeli health minister visit HMO vaccination facility in Tel Aviv

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein paid a visit on Sunday to the Maccabi HMO coronavirus vaccination facility in Tel Aviv. The country received the first shipment of pharmaceutical firm Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben-Gurion International Airport on the arrival of the first batch of Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: GPO.

First shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine lands at Ben-Gurion International Airport

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on hand at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Wednesday to welcome the arrival of a plane bearing the first shipment of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Israel inked a $237.5...
Illustrative, Nov. 16, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Netanyahu: Israel in talks with Moderna to increase coronavirus vaccine supply

Israel is working to increase the number of coronavirus vaccine doses it is set to acquire from drugmaker Moderna, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, noting he had spoken with Moderna CEO...
Vials of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine from the Israel Institute for Biological Research. Credit: Israeli Defense Ministry Spokesperson's Office.

Post-Moderna development, Netanyahu promises Israelis ‘as many vaccines as possible’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his optimism on Monday that the country’s coronavirus crisis could soon be over after drug-maker Moderna announced that testing had shown its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be highly effective. “This...
Technicians carry out a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in a lab at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel, on March 17, 2020. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Israel to pay more than $237.5 million for potential Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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Israel signed a deal on Friday with Pfizer to receive 8 million doses of the pharmaceutical company’s potential coronavirus vaccine, announced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader said that the two-dose treatment of the potential...