The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria said on Friday that Israel is set to become one of the first nations to exit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Ambassador Shimon Ben-Shoshan said his country is leading the world’s vaccination campaign through its operation “Back to life” programme, to achieve targets.

“Israel began its vaccination drive in late December 2020, and within the first two days of the campaign, nearly 30,000 Israelis were already given their first dose,” he said.

He added: “Few weeks later, over two million Israelis have received their vaccination shot and the country is on track to vaccinate all citizens over the age of 16 by the end of March.

“The speedy ambitious target has been made possible through a new deal that Israel inked with pharmaceutical companies in early January, dubbed Operation Back to Life.

“Israel is set to receive ongoing shipment of the vaccine over the coming months, which will enable the country to reach its bold target and become one of the first countries in the world to exit coronavirus crisis.”

He said Israel made tough choices on closing its borders and schools, shutting businesses, limiting all non-essential activities, sustained innovation surrounding the pandemic that include start-ups and drive-through testing centres to telemedicine and vaccine research.

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