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Israeli Vaccine Sprint Vital to Scandal-Dogged Netanyahu’s Fate

  • Shots seen spurring economy he’s eager to build as vote nears
  • Vaccine campaign to be centerpiece of his election strategy
Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Photographer: Abir Sultan/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s high-velocity sprint in the global coronavirus vaccine race has become the defining issue in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign to retain his grip on power -- and possibly stay out of jail.

Israel has been fast out of the blocks with its early vaccinations, affording efficacy and safety data for drug developers and a blueprint for other governments. So fast, in fact, that it’s running out of supply and scrambling to move up shipment dates.