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Pfizer CEO postpones Israel visit amid criticism of proximity to election

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Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer confirmed Thursday that a planned visit to Israel next week by its CEO, Albert Bourla, had been postponed, following criticism that the trip could influence Israel’s election later this month.

Bourla was set to arrive in Israel on March 8, just 15 days before the March 23 election. His trip is now expected to be delayed to late spring, Channel 12 reported.

The trip was set to coincide with the completion of the delivery of 10 million Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses to Israel, and would have reportedly included discussions on the possibility of Pfizer building a vaccination production facility in Israel.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has often touted his personal rapport with Bourla, the son of Holocaust survivors, has made Israel’s vaccination success the centerpiece of his campaign for the upcoming election. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives a certificate after having his second COVID vaccine shot, on January 09, 2021. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)


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