Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry is launching an initiative to assist in providing vaccinations against the coronavirus to every Holocaust survivor throughout the world, Israel Hayom reported on Tuesday.
Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich (Blue and White) has tasked the Shalom Corps’ organization, a global Jewish volunteer network established by the Diaspora Ministry and the Jewish Agency, with coordinating the bureaucratic and logistic efforts required to ship vaccine doses around the world.
The Diaspora Ministry is also coordinating with the Health Ministry in an effort to gain assistance from Pfizer and Moderna. Both biotechs have Jews in top positions, including Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla and Moderna CMO Dr. Tal Zachs, who is also Israeli.
The plan calls for the distribution of vaccines at centers around the world as well as the coordination of special teams to vaccinate survivors who are homebound.
The ministry is seeking donations from Jewish philanthropists to assist in funding the operation and is aiming to purchase additional vaccine doses rather than dipping into Israel’s supply of vaccines for its citizens.
“In a time of a severe global crisis due to the pandemic, we have the privilege to contribute to the Holocaust survivors who endured the Nazi inferno and thanks to their courage, managed to protect the embers of Yahadus,” Yankelevitch said to Israel Hayom.
“We have the merit to provide them with protection against the coronavirus. This is an ethical imperative that every Jew should have – to make sure that they never walk alone.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)