Germany this week said it would share with Israel any coronavirus vaccines it makes in Europe.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn on Sunday notified Israel’s Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff about the decision, which comes after a meeting last week between Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin.
Although the exact number of vaccinations is unclear, Israel is expected to receive thousands or possibly millions of vaccinations if the initiative is truly successful.
“I thank the German foreign and health ministers for their support to Israel in the fight against the coronavirus,” said Ashkenazi.
“This move symbolizes a special and deep friendship and a warm bond between countries.”
According to Ashkenazi, receiving the vaccine from Germany “will allow the economy to return to full activity in Israel.”
He added that Ambassador Issacharoff and embassy staff “have played a large role in this important milestone.”
But as one of the major powers in the EU, Germany is able to bypass committee decisions and justify its arrangement with Israel, among other things, with the “close ties” the two countries have.
Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has recently continued clinical trials for a vaccine in Japan, UK, Brazil, South Africa and India.
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