Local TV reports have suggested that Pfizer will readily supply vaccines to Israel if at all the health ministry decided to inoculate the entire population with a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to Channel 13, Israel has reached a secret agreement with Pfizer-BioNTech, under which the pharmaceutical company will immediately provide shipments of vaccines if Israel declares that it is administering a third booster COVID-19 shot.
The report on Monday stated that the agreement was reached following intense talks between Health Ministry representatives and Pfizer-BioNTech, as well as personal conversations between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. Meanwhile, Israel is scheduled to receive a small shipment at the beginning of August and another, bigger delivery in October.
With infections on the rise despite a more-than-successful vaccination drive, Israel began inoculating at-risk citizens with the third shot in order to combat the Delta variant. Last week, Israel administered these booster shots to those with weakened immune systems, including heart, liver, and kidney transplant patients. This being done, Health Ministry officials have indicated that third doses for the general population are not imminent, stressing that the vaccine remains largely effective.
With a decision yet to be made, the number of Israelis with the coronavirus has surged over the past month with 7,540 active coronavirus patients as of Monday evening.