Health Ministry: We need millions more coronavirus vaccines

Health Ministry warns Israel needs millions more doses of coronavirus vaccines, contradicting claims of plenty.

Orly Harari ,

Coronavirus vaccine (illustrative)
Coronavirus vaccine (illustrative)

Israel's Health Ministry on Tuesday responded to false reports regarding the number of vaccines available in the country, announcing that there are only enough for the current round of vaccinations.

"There is an important need to purchase millions of additional vaccines, to prepare for various situations including booster doses, vaccinating children above age 12 (following research and FDA approval), and the provison of an option for vaccines which stand up to the variants which may arrive," the Ministry said in a statement.

"Thanks to the vaccines, Israel is the first to exit the coronavirus crisis. Thanks to the purchases that we wish to make, Israel will continue to be the most protected country in the world from coronavirus.

"We must not make light of one of the most important purchases that the State can make at this time."

On Monday, coronavirus czar Professor Nachman Ash warned that vaccines are in short supply, telling Kan Reshet Bet: "The vaccine market is very complex. The entire world is going after the vaccines, which are in short supply, so it is important to grab them up as soon as possible."

Also on Monday, the Likud noted that the Blue and White party's decision to cancel the government meeting during which the budget for more vaccines was to be approved may cost Israel its contracts.

In a statement, the party said: "If the government does not immediately approve the contracts, the vaccine companies may cancel them and transfer them to other countries."