“Israel is the first country in the world to beat Corona,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation during the Independence Day celebrations. “It’s all thanks to our successful national vaccination program.”
During the official Independence Day state ceremony the joy of finally getting past the pandemic restrictions was palpable. At every mention of Israel’s victory over the virus people shouted and clapped their hands. Even the IDF’s marching band highlighted the vaccine with a performance imitating the two shots needed to get full protection against the virus. The soldiers were full of smiles and excitement getting ready to give the “shot” march. And everybody without masks!
Watch the soldiers perform the two shots from around 30 seconds into the video. Notice the numbers 1 and 2 on the left-hand side of the needle.
There was even a special tribute to Pfizer during the ceremony, and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, a Greek Jew whose parent survived the Holocaust, delivered a brief address via video. He mentioned with pride the fact that the Jewish people around the world, and in particular in Israel, excel in the areas of science and innovation. “Together,” he said referring Israel and Pfizer, “we have demonstrated that through mass vaccination we can defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives.”
Watch Bourla’s statement here
Update: Israel today (Monday, 19 April 2021) just signed an agreement with Pfizer for the acquisition of millions of vaccine doses for 2022. Israel and Pfizer also agreed on an option to acquire additional millions of vaccine doses. The supplement that was signed will ensure the continuation of Israel’s ability to deal with the coronavirus in an optimal manner at least until the end of 2022.
Prime Minister Netanyahu: “I recently spoke with my friends, the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna. There were several obstacles in Israel that we needed to overcome, and we found a way to do so. If there are no surprises such as coronavirus variants that the vaccines cannot overcome, then we have signed for the acquisition of millions of additional Pfizer vaccines. I very much hope that we will also sign soon with Moderna. This means that soon we will have more than enough vaccines for both adults and children. Israel will again lead the world in the fight against the coronavirus. There will be no more lockdowns; we are all excited about this.“
Yes indeed! People are glad they can now go back to the beautiful beaches around Israel as summer arrived yesterday with sweltering heat reaching 104F (42C).
Everywhere people are just celebrating and happy to get back to normal life!
Or meet people, go out for coffee and shopping at Jerusalem’s iconic Mahane Yehuda open market.