Why Pfizer is suspending vaccine shipments to Israel

Why Pfizer is suspending vaccine shipments to Israel
Why Pfizer is suspending vaccine shipments to Israel

More than half of the Israeli population has already received at least one dose of the vaccine (60%) against the coronavirus. Would the country most advanced in the world in vaccination begin to experience some hiccups?

According to the Jerusalem Post, 700,000 doses of vaccine were expected this Sunday in Israel, but the pharmaceutical company has interrupted the delivery due to an outstanding payment from the Hebrew state. The country has not yet settled the payment of 2.5 million doses already provided.

Senior officials at the firm reportedly said they did not understand how such a situation could arise in an organized country and called Israel a “Banana Republic”, according to state-controlled IDF radio.

The pharmaceutical company said Monday it has completed all vaccine deliveries to Israel as part of its original agreement, signed in November 2020, and is considering a new contract to deliver more doses to the Hebrew state, the only official comment to this. day.“The company is currently working with the Israeli government to update the agreement to provide additional vaccines to the country.”, Pfizer told the news agency Reuters. “While this work continues, shipments may be adjusted.”

This first order, for an undetermined number of doses, amounted to 2.6 billion shekels (665 million euros), revealed the Israeli Parliament (Knesset). The country then wanted to place an order for 36 million additional vaccines for children in February. But a government feud between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Secretary Benny Gantz failed to allow the government to agree on a purchase of additional doses.

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