“Israelis To Receive Moderna Vaccine As Soon As It’s Ready,” CMO Says

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a patient receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, the ability to jab the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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Prof. Tal Zaks, Chief Medical Officer of the US biotechnology company Moderna, recently told Ynet that the Israeli government has ensured that Israeli citizens can receive Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine as soon as it’s ready.

“As a former Israeli I’m glad to know that the Israeli government has indeed seen fit to make sure the vaccination will be available to its population,” Zaks told Ynet.

Zaks received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev and then moved to the States to conduct post-doctoral research at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Before joining Moderna in 2015, Zaks was the senior vice president and head of Global Oncology at Sanofi.

Moderna and the National Institutes of Health have started human trials on a COVID-19 which are slated to end in October.

“We assume that around November-December we will know if the vaccination works,” said Zaks. “When we will know the vaccine is effective, we will begin administrating it to the public.”

Prof. Tal Zaks, CMO of Moderna

Zaks confirmed that Israel has ordered the vaccine as well as several other countries but would not reveal the names of the other countries.

“Countries are helping us fund the tests, all while making sure they will have access to the vaccination when it is finally ready,” Zaks said.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. This is an experimental vaccine, unprecedented for lack of testing. It is very presumptive to call it a ‘live saving solution’, and probably deceptive as well–as it is likely to induce myriad side-effects; and there is already news to this effect from trial user data. This aside from the idea that vaccines in general are all debatable theory, and their efficacy questionable, especially in the light of health obtained through sanitation, nutrient-dense diet, exercise and exposure to sunshine.

  2. This aside from the idea that vaccines in general are all debatable theory, and their efficacy questionable,

    Um, no. No more debatable or questionable than germ theory, or the roundness of the earth.