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At vaccine deepfreeze storage site, Netanyahu says end of virus crisis in sight

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he expects no problems with the country’s ability to store millions of virus vaccines in freezing conditions and then reliably distribute them to the public, claiming the end to the coronavirus outbreak in the country is in sight.

Netanyahu personally helped negotiate a deal with one of the companies developing a vaccine, US-based pharmaceutical Pfizer, but the product, which is still in the trial stage, has faced concerns because it needs to be stored at -70° Celsius (-94° Fahrenheit), including in transit.

“We aren’t just seeing the light at the end of the tunnel here, but a very big torch,” Netanyahu said alongside Health Minister Yuli Edelstein during a tour of the central logistics center set up to deal with the distribution of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines by various companies set to arrive in Israel in the coming months.

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“It will take a bit more time, another few months,” Netanyahu said, but predicted that “we are on our way out of the pandemic.”

“We will have millions of vaccines and there will no logistic limitations to freezing [them],” he said. “This is a world-class factory that can receive the millions of vaccines that we are bringing to end the outbreak.”

There will be vaccines “for every citizen in Israel, more than one [dose] for those who want,” Netanyahu said. “From what I can see here we have no logistic limitation to store in deep freeze, and the distribution of these vaccines is very important news to........

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