Israel says to start Covid vaccinations on December 27

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Israel says to begin Covid vaccinations on December 27

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel would start COVID-19 vaccinations from December 27th after receiving its first batch of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine.

"The first vaccinations will be given on December 27th," he said at a press conference, noting that public health services would be able to provide 60,000 vaccinations a day.

Earlier in the day, the first batch of Pfizers eight million coronavirus vaccine doses landed in Israel.

"Another shipment is arriving tomorrow, a much bigger one," said Netanyahu.

"I urge that every Israeli citizen be vaccinated and I urge them to set an example and be the first person to be vaccinated in Israel," he said, repeating a similar statement earlier in the day but did not say when that could take place.

Netanyahu also said the Ministry of Health is working on developing a "green passport".

"Anyone who receives a vaccination can present a certificate or application that gives access to events, shopping malls and all kinds of services.

"This will encourage vaccinations and help us get back to normal quickly," he said.

The virus infected 349,916 Israelis, of whom 2,934 were fatal. This comes from an update from Wednesday.

Reiterating the need to keep up with "masks, distancing, hygiene and prevention of gatherings" Netanyahu was optimistic.

"We're ending the plague," he said.

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