Netanyahu says he'll get first dose of newly arrived Pfizer vaccine

Netanyahu says he'll get first dose of newly arrived Pfizer vaccine
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE on Wednesday said that he will be the first to receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine that recently arrived in the country.

Netanyahu met the aircraft that delivered the first small batch of the vaccine on Wednesday and expressed his excitement to cameras and reporters.

“I believe in this vaccine. I expect that it will receive the appropriate permits in the coming days,” the prime minister said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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The smaller batches are meant to test out the transport and storage of the vaccine as part of a pilot program, according to the Journal.

Netanyahu said that he hopes to encourage other people in his country to trust the vaccine and get the injection themselves.

“I expect the citizens of Israel to vaccinate and in order to ensure that, I would like to serve as a personal example,” Netanyahu said, according to The Washington Post.

Israel is set to receive nearly 8 million doses of the vaccine after coming to an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech last month. Nearly half of those doses are expected to be delivered to the country by the end of this month, the Post reported.

The country also recently came to an agreement with Moderna, securing 6 million doses of its vaccine candidate, The Journal reported.

Nearly 349,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Israel since the start of the pandemic. More than 2,900 people have died from the virus, according to The Journal.