From Times of Israel: Israel has reached a secret agreement with Pfizer-BioNTech, under which the pharmaceutical company will immediately provide shipments of immunizations to the Jewish state if Israel declares that it is administering booster COVID-19 shots, a report said Monday.

Channel 13 news said the agreement was reached following intense talks between Health Ministry representatives and Pfizer-BioNTech, as well as personal conversations between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla.

It would supplant existing deals on deliveries, the network said. Israel is scheduled to receive a small shipment at the beginning of August and another, bigger delivery in October.

Last week, Israel began administering booster doses to those with weakened immune systems, including heart, liver and kidney transplant patients, despite the lack of approval from overseas regulatory agencies. But Health Ministry officials have indicated that third doses for the general population are not imminent, stressing that the vaccine remains largely effective.

However, a decision could be made on giving boosters to those over the age of 60 in Israel even before final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, according to the TV report. CLICK on here to read more.

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