Mossad brought Chinese coronavirus vaccine to Israel
The report comes as countries and companies around the world race to develop a vaccine.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB, MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
The Mossad brought China’s coronavirus vaccine to Israel in recent weeks in order to study and learn from it, Channel 12 reported on Monday.
Multiple government sources indirectly confirmed the report.
The report comes as countries and companies around the world race to develop a vaccine, with cyberattacks and espionage reported against a number of developers.
Israel is trying to reach agreements to purchase coronavirus vaccines from several other potential developers, according to a senior Health Ministry official who is in the know.
“There are several diplomatic efforts going on behind the scenes,” he told The Jerusalem Post in a private briefing. “We are trying everything we can to ensure Israeli citizens have access to a vaccine as soon as possible.”
However, it was unclear why the Mossad specifically was involved as opposed to the Foreign Ministry and the Health Ministry.
Both the Foreign Ministry and the Health Ministry either declined to comment or referred the issue to the Prime Minister’s Office.