He has presented himself as the only candidate who could be sacked by Pfizer to deliver early delivery of millions of vaccines, boasting his personal appeals to CEO Pfizer, Albert Bourla, who, as the son of a Holocaust survivor, had a very good relationship with Israel.
Mr. Netanyahu viz posted excerpt from “South Park,” the lively American sitcom, recognizing Israeli vaccine supremacy.
But experts said his claim that the virus was in the rearview mirror was too optimistic.
Just months ago, Israel’s daily disease rates and death rates were among the worst in the world. By February, Israel was also leading the world in the number of lockout days. So far about two million Israelis under 16 cannot get the vaccine and about a million eligible citizens have opted out.
With many adults now vaccinated, infection rates have been weekly falling sharply. But there are still more than 1,000 new cases every day, an infection rate that, adjusted for population, is still higher than the levels of the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, Spain and others.
Health Officials agreed to reopen businesses and leisure. But they strongly criticized the Supreme Court’s decision this week to lift the quotas about airport arrival, partly to allow Israeli citizens abroad to recover and vote.
“The Supreme Court is taking responsibility for the risk of mutations entering Israel,” said Yoav Kish, the deputy health minister, write on Twitter “Good luck to us all.”
Critics have blamed the government for not setting up a reliable quarantine system for people entering the country, and health experts warn that they could introduce dangerous versions of the virus that are more stable for the vaccine.