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Greece Requests Cooperation from Israel on Coronavirus Vaccination Campaign

Jan 30, 2021

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, recently had a conversation with Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek Prime Minister, regarding the coronavirus vaccine campaign being run by the Israeli government. 

The office of the Prime Minister revealed that Mitsotakis was greatly interested in cooperating on the issue of vaccination with Israel. 

Netanyahu also had a conversation with Janez Jansa, the Prime Minister of Slovenia, and Florin Citu, the Prime Minister of Romania. In these conversations, the leaders discussed at length, the fight against the disease. In addition, they talked about the impact that the new vaccines are having on the rates of infection, multiple mutations of the virus, and the likelihood of reopening the economy. 

This was the first time that Netanyahu has had a call with the Prime Minister of Romania, as per the PMO. By the end of the meeting, the two had agreed to cooperate on an economic level. 

The Romanian Prime Minister was also invited by Netanyahu to visit the country at the first opportunity available. 

Time and time again, the Israeli Prime Minister has reported having conversations with various world leaders regarding the proactive way that the country is managing the coronavirus pandemic. 

Earlier in the month, the leader of Israel also had a meeting with Nicos Anastasiades, the Cypriot President. The latter has asked for help from Israel and many other neighboring countries for supplementary coronavirus vaccines. 

Netanyahu informed the President that he will first consult with experts and then consider the request made. 

Moreover, the Cypriot President congratulated the Israeli Prime Minister on the successful vaccine operation being run in the country. The two even talked about a possible bilateral cooperation on the vaccination issue, as per the report of the PMO. 

The State of Israel has been running the most proactive vaccination campaign in the world. As of now, the country has inoculated around 2.9 million people, who have all been given at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The campaign kicked off on the 20th of December. 

The country aims to vaccinate over 5 million citizens by the end of the month of March. All these Israelis are hoped to have received both the doses of the vaccine by the set deadline. 

The reason why Israel has been so successful in carrying out its campaign is because it struck a deal with Pfizer. The US-based company agreed to supply hundreds of thousands of doses of its vaccine every week to the country. All it asked for in return was the sharing of data, which would help the company better analyze the efficacy of its vaccine. 

Currently, Israel has placed an order for six million more vaccines of Pfizer and 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. These doses together are more than what the country needs to inoculate all the citizens. In addition, the Health Minister as well as the Prime Minister, have mentioned other deals being made for more vaccines. However, this has not been verified. 

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