Early ordering of vaccines, purchasing more expensive than peers, digitizing distribution and keeping the supply flexible played a role in Israel’s rapid vaccination.
Although the Israeli state has not revealed how much it has paid per vaccine, an official who does not want to be disclosed said that Pfizer and BioNTech paid “around $ 30 per vaccine, which is twice as much as other countries”.
Pfizer stated in a statement that the vaccine price was determined according to “a gradual system according to order volume and delivery date”, but did not give details.
Israel has also assured drug manufacturers that it can rapidly surpass its population and set an example for other countries. Thus, drug manufacturers could show Israel, which vaccinates the majority of the population under the social security system, as an example case to larger countries.
Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said that protecting the Israeli economy from isolation practices is more important than overpricing the vaccine or buying more vaccines than needed. “We said we will be one of the first countries to start inoculating Pfizer, Moderna and other companies, and they will soon see the results,” Edelstein told Reuters.restbet giriş yapmak için platformun yenilenen adresini kullanmanız gerekiyor.
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Edelstein said, “This is a kind of win-win tactic. We are a small country and frankly I knew that countries like Israel would not be of interest to companies if we were not one of the first to buy the vaccine.”
However, the vaccination campaign is also subject to criticism. Human rights organizations say that Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza must wait a very long time to be vaccinated. In addition, Arabs, who make up 21% of the Israeli population, were skeptical at the beginning.
In Israel, vaccines are transferred by teams to insulated boxes the size of pizza boxes instead of being distributed in large pallets. In this way, fewer vaccines can be distributed per vaccination center, and vaccines can be transported further. Israeli officials stated that this technique was applied with Pfizer’s approval. Israel’s techniques include getting more doses of vaccine from each ampoule.
Vaccines are kept in freezers at -70 degrees Celsius near Israel’s main airport by SLE, the logistics subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. SLE’s facility has 30 freezers where 5 million doses of vaccine can be stored.