• Tue. Feb 7th, 2023

Israel will ensure that Holocaust survivors in Israel and in the diaspora have access to the Corona vaccine, says the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, writes the newspaper Jerusalem Post.

At the time of writing, the complex, international task is in its infancy. The Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Omer Yankelevitch, has asked the organization Shalom Corps to coordinate the necessary bureaucratic procedures.

The organization has asked several large shipping companies specializing in the delivery of medical products to help with the logistics. The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs is collaborating with the Israeli Ministry of Health to coordinate the operation in coordination with the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna, which already supply Corona vaccines worldwide.

The international task will be carried out in vaccination centers in a number of countries. Holocaust survivors who cannot leave their homes can be vaccinated by medical staff and volunteers at home.

The ministry will recruit Jewish philanthropists to fund the operation and will order more vaccines for Holocaust survivors not to use the quota allocated to Israel.

– During the current global crisis, we have the opportunity to support Holocaust survivors whose resilience continues to lead and inspire humanity to this day. It is our collective obligation to protect the cherished but very vulnerable population in the spirit of mutual responsibility. Now is the time for all of us, Jewish institutions and leaders from around the world to stand together to get the operation done. Together, we can ensure that Holocaust survivors are vaccinated effectively, no matter where in the world they live, says Yankelevitch.

– 80 years ago, the epidemic of anti-Semitism threatened to wipe out the Jewish people – there was no vaccine against it. Today we have the great honor of giving a little back to those who survived the inferno and protecting them from the Corona epidemic. It is a moral obligation that every Jew carries in his heart: to show Holocaust survivors that they will never be alone, writes Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs Omer Yankelevitch on Twitter.

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