Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would be the first person to take the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in the country as the first shipment of doses arrived onboard a DHL flight at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.
“I believe in this vaccine. I expect that it will receive the appropriate permits in the coming days and I want the citizens of Israel to be vaccinated,” Netanyahu said as the doses were offloaded from the cargo flight.
“In order to do this, I want to serve as an example for them and I intend to be the first in the state of Israel to be vaccinated with this vaccine.”
However, as coronavirus cases trend upward in Israel, Netanyahu warned the pandemic is not over, and encouraged everyone to social distance. “We see the end. We still need to follow the rules regarding masks, hands and distancing, but the end is in sight. What is important to me is that millions of Israelis be vaccinated,” he said.
Oren Libermann reports: