Israel sends 5,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Czechia
Israel has provided the Czech Republic with several thousand doses of the covid-19 vaccine from Moderna, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told reporters after a meeting of constitutional officials at Prague Castle. The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Radek Vondráček, added that Israel had sent 5,000 doses to the Czech Republic at the request of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
Petříček stated that the state is trying to speed up deliveries as much as possible within the framework of the European Union’s order. He is discussing with partners whether the number of vaccines imported into the Czech Republic could not increase in the short term. The country would later compensate. “I have confirmed that Israel has provided us with several thousand benefits from Moderna,” said the head of diplomacy. He emphasized the excellent cooperation between the two countries.
Reuters reported today that Israel is donating a token amount of covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians and several countries. According to Israeli media, Honduras, Guatemala, and the Czech Republic receive vaccines from Israel. Israeli radio Kan said the vaccines were donated in exchange for diplomatic support from the Jewish state.
Lidovky.cz writes that 5,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived today. Two thousand five hundred soldiers will be vaccinated with them so that they can help with covid beds. For now, this is supposed to be a one-time event.
SeznamZpravy wrote last week that Babiš, in a letter in early January, asked Israel for possible surpluses of covid-19 vaccines. In the letter, he referred to the “closest ties” of both countries, wrote about strengthening the Czech diplomatic representation in Jerusalem, and stated that Israel is a model for the Czech Republic to quickly and effectively vaccinate the population.