Over 80 years ago, in Greece sixty thousand Jews lived peacefully in Thessaloniki. It was a valued and vibrant community. Most of these Jews worked in the port, to the point that port of Thessaloniki was even closed on Saturday or Shabbat, the Jewish day when religion forbids working. Great emeritus rabbis also lived and studied there. Everyone hung out and liked each other as a peace loving city and lived together.
But on September 2, 1939, with the outbreak of World War II, this peaceful community would one day feel the terror of the Nazis. On April 6th, 1941 Hitler invaded Greece in order to secure his southern front before launching the famous Operation Barbarossa and his great offensive against Russia. Of the 60,000 Jews in Thessaloniki, around 50,000 were exterminated at the Birkenau concentration camp. The massacre of the Jews of Greece was brief but intense. Very few inhabitants of this port city escaped death. Among the survivors of the pogrom, there was a family known as Bourla.
And after the war, in 1961, a son was born into this miraculous family in the camps. His parents called him Israel – Abraham. He grew up and studied veterinary medicine in Greece. A brilliant student, Abraham got his doctorate in reproductive biotechnology at the veterinary School of Aristotle University, in Salonika.
At the age of 34, he decided to move to the United States. He changed his first name Abraham to Albert and met a Jewish woman named Miriam who then became his wife. Together they had two children.
In the United States, Albert was integrated into the medical industry. He progressed very quickly and joined a pharmaceutical company where he became “Head Manager”. From there, the road was short for little Abraham (Albert) to rise through the ranks to become Chief Operation Officer, before obtaining his appointment as CEO of the company in 2019.
Throughout 2020 Albert decided to direct all the efforts of the company to try and to find a vaccine against a new virus, which had just struck the world rom Wuhan, China also called as China Virus. He expended great financial and technological efforts to achieve his goal. A year later his work paid off and the WHO (World Health Organisation) and US Government authorised his company to produce the long-awaited vaccine in large numbers.
Today this vaccine is getting distributed in several countries including Germany, which counted thousands of deaths due to the pandemic. Ironically, this vaccine which will save the lives of millions of people around the world including many Germans was led by a little Jew from Thessaloniki, son of Holocaust survivors, most of his people were exterminated by Nazi Germany.
And that is why Israel became the first country to receive the vaccine. In memory of his grandparents and his parents who gave birth to Israel a nation of his ancestors – Abraham Bourla known today as Albert Bourla: CEO of Pfizer!
Today thanks to Pfizer, Israel is vaccinated at 115% which means, many of its citizens have been vaccinated or the 2nd dose of the jab and soon it shall become the 1st nation of the world to be 100% vaccinated and its citizens ready to roam the world with new vaccine passport.
But will the citizens of other nations be able to enter the creator of this virus China, since they will give visa to visa seekers, who would have got only and only their vaccine.
I have a hunch, when citizens of other nations want to visit china, they may forcefully jab them with their locally made its own vaccine to earn money, I suppose