First COVID-19 inoculation in Israel: Prime Minister Netanyahu vaccinated at Sheba Medical Center
The Israeli healthcare system’s vaccination drive, starting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, garners worldwide praise after swiftly inoculating more than 10% of the population.
Following clinical trials indicating 95% effectiveness, the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine was given emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration on December 11. An Israeli inoculation campaign began around a week later, on December 19, with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s vaccination. More than a million Israelis have since received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.
The Israeli healthcare system’s success in vaccinating more than 10 percent of the population in a brief period — described as “astonishing” by the British Telegraph newspaper and reported in leading news outlets such as the New York Times — garnered widespread international acclaim and received extensive attention from the press.