Sumary of ‘Banana Republic’: Pfizer Reportedly Freezes Vaccine Deliveries to Israel Over Delays in Payments:
- Pfizer’s bosses have temporarily halted coronavirus vaccine deliveries to Israel over unpaid bill for the last 2.5 million doses, the Jerusalem Post reports, citing senior officials at the pharmaceutical corporation..
- The shipment of some 700,000 doses that were expected to arrive in Israel on Sunday was reportedly delayed for an unspecified time..
- Israel Army Radio correspondent also claimed on Monday that Pfizer executives have dubbed the country a “banana republic”.
- 10 million Pfizer jabs have been administered to Israel’s population, fully vaccinating some 4.8 million people;.
- But the Jewish State has yet to pay for the latest batch of 2.5 million of doses, which the government reportedly ordered in an agreement with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla..
- Blame Game On Monday, the Israeli government was set to convene to approve the purchase of an additional 30 million doses, worth some $1 billion, but the meeting was cancelled by Defence Minister Benny Gantz, over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reluctance to approve his permanent appointment as justice minister..
- and a syringe are seen in front of the Pfizer logo in this illustration taken February 9, 2021 Health Minister Yuli Edelstein reportedly spoke to Gantz on Sunday in a bid to persuade the defence minister to overcome differences and move forward with the COVID vaccines purchase..
- But according to sources at Gantz office, the delay in payment for 2.5 million doses should solely be blamed on the Health Ministry, as the purchase has been approved already..
- Replying to the Post request for comment, Pfizer said that the company has fulfilled all its obligations to Israel under the initial November 2020 contract…