Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his ministerial team on Sunday to discuss Israel’s readiness in containing and combating the coronavirus, after which he held a press conference lauded the extraordinary cooperation between the US and Israel to thwart the viruses spread.

Netanyahu spoke with US Vice President Pence hours before meeting with ministers in his cabinet and thanked President Donald Trump and Pence “for their extraordinary cooperation with Israel” during the Sunday night press conference.

He said the “finest people in the world” are dealing with the coronavirus, including Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator in the White Houseand head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We can learn a lot from them and we deeply appreciate the opportunity to cooperate, especially on the technological solutions for widespread screening and perhaps to get as soon as we can to home screening,”Netanyahu said. “I think this will change the situation, not only for the United States and for Israel, but for the world. Im deeply grateful for this cooperation that is so important for the State of Israel and for many, many others.”

The PM held a meeting on Monday with senior technological experts working to track the coronavirus, a team from Health Ministry and the other relevant government ministries.

Netanyahu credited Israel’s steps quarantining people possibly carrying coronavirus and stopping people from entering Israel from countries where coronvirus is rapidly spreading.

“The steps that we have taken up until today have proven themselves because we really are in a situation of control, and the spread of the disease is of a much lower scope,” he said. “We see a sharp increase in many other countries and we reached the conclusion that if we need to take other steps, this will, in effect, be applied to all countries.”

“Health takes precedence, over everything, this is life itself,” Netanyahu emphasized.