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Israel to buy millions of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses

FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and a syringe are seen in front of the Pfizer logo in this illustration

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel signed a deal to buy millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc through 2022, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

The new vaccinations will be suitable to protect people against different variants of the coronavirus, Netanyahu said in a statement.

He said he hopes to sign a similar deal to purchase the Moderna Inc vaccine.

“This means that very soon we will have more than enough vaccines, both for adults and children,” he said.

Late on Monday, Israel’s Walla news website reported that Israel signed a deal with Moderna as well, although officials were not immediately reachable to confirm the report.

With about 81% of citizens or residents over 16 – the age group eligible for the Pfizer/BioNTech <22UAy.DE> vaccine in Israel – having received both doses, infections and hospitalisations are down sharply.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Grant McCool and Peter Cooney)

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